I don’t blog and participate online like I want to. I don’t finish posts like I want. I don’t comment on interesting stuff enough. – Why? Well, thankfully I have a great reason. You guys are keeping me busy and I just don’t have the time to spend here like I’d hoped.
The good thing is that I’m busy. The bad thing is that I’m not doing what I preach to others that they should be doing! Ugh!
The good that comes from recognizing my own weaknesses is that it helps me relay those to my clients. If I’m busy and can’t blog then most likely they are busy too. How do we remedy that (Not the being busy part but the online participation part!)? How do we find the time to focus on “new media”?
Here are some tips that help me stay connected daily.
- Post-It Notes are awesome. Stick it on your monitor. Remind yourself to “Digg”, “Like”, “Comment”, “Stumble” & “Post”. Those are just some of the activities that I participate in everyday. Feeling adventurous? Try being specific! I tell myself to “Digg 5 Posts” - “Comment on 3 blogs” – “Stumble/Share 5 sites”…
- Start a post. Don’t delete if you don’t finish! If you use WordPress or other blogging platforms then most likely they have a “save as draft” button. Use it. It’s cool to see how your mind explores the post over a week or two and many times it re-writes itself for the better.
- Simply make time to blog. Commit to two new posts a week or whatever is comfortable for you. Many strategist advise you to blog daily and some of the “big dogs” actually succeed at doing it. The problem with that is that it becomes overload and like the “boy who cried wolf”. Not everything is important. If you put up 7-10 posts a week I’m pretty sure they aren’t all ground breaking and now I’m ignoring 98% of your noise.
- Read. Read. Read. After #3, you may be saying.. I thought you ignore a bunch of stuff. Nope. I have refined what is important to my field and to my interests. I don’t miss most things… and if I do, I eventually find out about it on Twitter!
Not a ground breaking list by any means. However, simplicity is the point. Stay connected. Get connected. Be Connected.
How do you stay connected and participate with new media?