I’ve entered the world of social media with this blog and a Twitter account. I could get carried away with blogging because I have an opinion about everything as those who know me will confirm. The blogosphere first interested me when I saw Julie & Julia. How fun would that be to end up with a movie from writing about what you’re doing. Will I be a star as myself or will anyone want to play me? But I digress.
Twitterverse, as some call it, seems to have a shorthand that neither Gregg nor Pitman ever dreamed of. Hmmm. I’m dating myself with that one, but no matter. I haven’t quite picked up on all the shorthand; however, it’s been an interesting study of humanity.
I doubt that all celebrities manage their own tweets. I think many have a social media assistant. I like to follow people who encourage and inspire and actually tweet themselves. @alice_pyne and @bethanyhamilton are my favorites.
This mug raises funds.
Alice is a 15 year old sweetie in the UK who is battling cancer. Her mom is my hero too because she realized the value for both Alice and us if Alice has a forum to vent and receive encouragement from all around the world. She helped Alice set up a blog and I follow her with deepening interest. She’s a lovely young woman with a lot to say. She isn’t promised a lot of time in which to say it. http://alicepyne.blogspot.com/.
Following @bethanyhamilton is so much fun! She posts wonderful photos and travels all around the world competing in surfing competitions. Bethany is the young surfer who fed her arm to a shark one day while surfing in the waters off her home in Hawaii. The recently released movie Soul Surfer chronicles the journey she made on the road to recovery. What an inspiration she is. Soul Surfer is a tender, uplifting, emotional movie. The shark biting scene is intense and there is a lot of blood in the water. Other than that, excellent viewing for the whole family. http://bethanyhamilton.com/.
Another top pick of mine is @joshgroban. I think I’m old enough to be his grandmother yet if he’ll have me, I’ll marry him. I believe he also tweets himself and I recently traveled ‘with’ him by train from New York City to Washington DC, July 4th weekend. He went to DC to perform in A Capitol 4th for PBS. I even joined him and his other followers playing “count-the-cars-in-the-photo”. He has a quirky sense of humor and his followers do too. Fun times.
My intent behind adopting this child (social media) was to increase awareness of my Private Quarters direct sales business, generate sales of affordable luxury linens and attract a team whose members would do the same.
However, I now have an identity crisis on my hands. This is such an interesting child and kinda like holding smoke or herding cats. Sometimes I feel like I tessered to Uriel, the third planet of the star Malak in the spiral nebula Messier 101.* A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle*
The social side of media is very engaging. I could have tons of fun just being me and writing about my experiences, opinions, tweeting and blogging away. And who knows, maybe a movie. But how does that build my business? There is so much out there that I am interested in, but if I keep chasing every rabbit that crosses my path, I’ll never achieve my objective which is to share Private Quarters with as many people as possible.
How do you do it? Do you keep all personal information out of your blog if you are promotiong a business? Do you have more than one blog? Do you ignore all the interesting things people point you to?
I hope you’ll share your advice about bringing up social media so this novice doesn’t end up with an unruly child who doesn’t accomplish anything except using up too much time. Please share your ideas and opinions then buy some sheets.