Facebook pics are looking a little ‘off‘. You’ve got low, double-digit Twitter followers. Your Instagram views are not exactly ‘blowing up’. You blog’s most recent post is 4 months ago (or more) and you’ve NEVER had a comment on a single post…ever. Your friend’s social strat is expanding more quickly than the universe, but you feel like you’re in a black hole. This equals stress for you and a sense you’re just not keeping up. Here is a 4-step guide to turning it around:
There is a lot of great content out there. It’s there because someone took the time to create and share it. Give them a touch of consideration and set aside time frequently to consume a VARIETY of content. Read some blogs regularly, but seek out others. Try Reddit or Digg for ideas. Watch random videos on Youtube, but also check out Ted Talks and Vimeo…just to see. Flip through the internet. It’s huge and filled with awesome. Try visiting wikipedia and just clicking around spending less than a minute (max) on any page. Do this for an hour and you’ll be excited and filled with new ideas. It can be illuminating.
Open a blank Notepad and just start typing. It doesn’t have to be an ‘article’ or the beginning the next great American Novel, but just start typing. Open a drawing program and draw. Go through your photos and come up with an awesome album. Write a funny ad for a product you love and record the podcast commercial for it. You don’t need any particular technical strength or tools to do any of this. You just need to FORCE yourself to do it. The challenges you’ll face and the tidbits you’ll learn (in particular, the respect you’ll gain for how hard it is to create good content) will impart invaluable new perspectives and focus your life’s looking glass.
Now comes the hard part. Take all that knowledge you have and put your personal tastes and interest to work. Create an incredible collection of pics. Put together the ‘Best Saturday Morning Breakfast Recipes‘ list from the web. Put together a set of instructions on how to assemble five different pieces of Ikea furniture. Curate a list of great artists you discovered. When you force yourself to curate content you will learn more about yourself and your ‘voice’ than you expected. Your opinions will come into focus and you’ll start to feel stronger about your new opinions and moderate your reactions with more worldliness when others share theirs with you.
Now that you’ve got through these three painful exercises (and wound up enjoying the process) you have to share. When you share the things you’ve consumed, created, and curated you will make lasting impressions and earn mind-share across the network of people that are paying attention to you. You can earn respect. You can become ‘in demand’. You’re invitations to life’s greatest adventures will await you!
SEE…it’s not that hard to turn a vacuous social networking experience into a massively enjoyable one. It’s worth adding that you also need to pick up the phone and call, open an email and write, or knock on doors and visit with the people you are connected to. That personal, real-world interaction will set the table for growing influence among your circles and that influence can result in a renewed sense of enjoyment for all the demands of social networking. It’s worth mentioning here (because it’s the HobbNobb blog) that HobbNobb is a fantastic tool empowering users to easily approach keeping up with people in their networks. The four tips above will help you build a credible social footprint. HobbNobb will help you keep your shoes of success on…or something like that :-)