Work It!

Inspiration struck and I found myself writing all day long.

My husband, not convinced that writing will serve a purpose in his idea of a future (i.e. funds), commented on the placement of my tush in chair every time he passed through the kitchen.

Not to be deterred I foraged on.

I have committed to getting two actual articles written and sent off to publishers by the end of May.

In order for this to happen, dear husband is going to have to take a great big chill pill and muster up all of his patience, because the laundry will get behind again and he might have to iron his own pants for work. The horror, really!

I’ve decided on two topics that the articles will encompass.

The first begun yesterday is regarding yoga and how one comes to their own practice. What does that mean? How did it happen for me? Why are people so afraid to begin and discouraged by what they’ve heard?

Interestingly, my first go at article writing turned out feeling a lot like blog writing and I wonder if maybe I am being lazy? Maybe I’ve stumbled upon my style? Maybe I should stick with it?

My second article, which hasn’t been started but has been tossed around in my brain for years is in regard to family sleeping ergo co-sleeping ergo the family bed. It will be a perspective piece stating the pros and the joys that it’s been for me; my rebuttal to my husbands disbelief that the arrangement is good for a marriage or children’s capability make their own decisions as they grow.

This piece may take longer to write and I’m okay with that.

My cousin Rebecca, herself the talent/writer/producer of Mirror/Mirror on the Live/Well Network suggests interviewing for different perspectives. I will take her advice, especially for this topic. Forget that most of the world co-sleeps, we as Americas are frightened by the sweet and simple act of waking next to our kids.

I am not one to preach, but I despise the judgements about it. It’s dangerous to think that when it comes to parenting it’s your way or the highway. I hope to add perspective for people who haven’t given the idea a chance.

I also like the idea of conducting a survey to add credence to my points, but I’d appreciate views from the other side, as well. There are lessons in the cumulativeness of the experiences; both sides hold value.

If you are interested in sharing your views, for or against, feel free to email me or tweet or call me! I would love to hear from you!

For today, a gloomy looking Sunday, I’m going to take a little break and remove my tush from the chair. I have yoga at 11:00 and then must collect all the goodies needed for a small jaunt to the beach later in the week.

Brian needs a break from the Raleigh monotony and I happily agreed to the trip. There was, however, one condition imperative for him to be graced with my presence by the shore.

The rental must have Internet access.

There is work to be done!

My spot. Tush not in chair.

Lessons From a Social Media Toddler

A friend of mine (a mom and fellow blogger who has been on the scene for the past seven years) and I had a conversation recently about the time one must commit for a long lasting future in social media to be possible.

This got me thinking about why so many people don’t make it in the arena. As a relative newby, one might not consider me schooled enough on the factors that go into long-term success, but I do believe that I have grown my own set of skills (in the past six months) that give me some credibility.

Success in social media requires near constant attention and time to build a brand, a name, something that people want to click back to, connect with or buy.

Great blogs have failed not because they weren’t well written or received. Often, it’s simply because they weren’t given the chance to grow and change. It takes time to tweak one’s focus and find one’s path. A great many writer’s have escaped the blogging world and left us with blank paged URL’s. I see it everyday and I always wonder where they’ve gone.

Tweeting requires an awful lot of updates, as does one’s facebook page. The nice thing about facebook, though, is that when you update there it goes directly to Twitter (if you set it up that way). You must remember to post with a hashtag or the tweet with your facebook link may never be read.

How you choose what to post is also important. Ask yourself, do my words here have anything to do with my brand or would it be better to suited for my friends on my personal facebook page? There’s a difference between the two pages for a reason. Not everything I tell my friends do I necessarily need to share with my followers. Although, come to think of it, a lot of what I tell my followers, I’d never share with my friends. Maybe it’s time to combine my facebook  pages into one? It’s a decision yet to be made.

I read recently that the most successful tweeters do so in the afternoon. I spent the past couple of days looking at my followers traffic (and those I follow, too) and decided that this isn’t true for my area of interest.

Most of the people with whom I’ve connected are runners, social media junkies, health promoters, and lovers of all things fashion. A huge number of them are moms, too.

The mom factor makes afternoon posts difficult to accomplish. It’s the afternoon when the kids get out of school and need their moms for snack making and cooperative playtime in the back yard.  Unless you are posting on your phone with one hand and pushing a couple of swings with another, it’s highly unlikely you are doing either job to the best of your ability. I decided (for me) that I wasn’t able to do both jobs at once and so Internetland only happens early in the morning when the kids are playing, early afternoon when they are in school, and late at night after the monsters are in bed.

Pinterest is a fantastic way to build a brand. Start to pin things you like and soon you might be turned onto another pinner with a similar mindset. There are fantastic pinners (here,  here, and here) who are growing businesses and share their aesthetics. I know that they spend an awful lot of time in the social media ocean based on the quality of their content and near constant updates to their pins. It’s necessary and important to continue to add to the images, since it acts as an inspiration board for yourself and others.

It’s work. If you fall in love with it, you realize this. You keep traveling from facebookland to Twitterville, from Pinterest and in my case to Mommyland as I grow what I’m building.

Most days I’m not sure what I’m building, but I am a social media toddler and it’s par for the course. The folks who have lasted and made names for themselves also began with an idea (and a voice), but it was their perseverance that grew their Internet credibility.

I realized this week that lower stats and less time to post are a part of the game.

The true definition of entrepreneurial spirit encompasses many qualities such as uniqueness, creativity, and adaptability.

Success in social media, whether you blog or promote a business, build a brand through Pinterest or grow a particular facebook page also takes an awful lot of work.

If you are like me and determined to make a place for yourself in it the advice is simple.

Hang on and keep at it, because the working (like the training for a marathon) is where our skills are grown, new friends and relationships are built, and where together we can impact our communities with our words, pictures and ideas.

Tropical by Stella Jean
Discovered by one of my favorite pinners. I only re-pin the things that really speak to me. This does on so many levels!
Brand new colorway from my Watercolor World Map series! :)
Brand New World. New watercolor color way World Map Series found on Pinterest by Jessica Durrant.
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As I was saying.... pinned by Vanessa Johanning.
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Would never, but it goes with the post!