- Are you a Posterous user? How about Tumblr?
- How do these services empower you? Better yet, when was the last time a service empowered you?
Scheduling Future Posts- Use your blog’s editor such as Windows Live Writer or Twitter clients such as Hootsuite, to schedule anything from blog posts to links for Twitter. - Use Twitter scheduling tools to announce upcoming announcements and promotions. - Benefit: Stop lagging behind the press and your competitors! - Benefit: More free time for other important works.
Post Everywhere Services- These services are a God-send when used the right way, instead of for spamming communities. “Post everywhere” services are popping up all of over web. These services allow you to publish any of your content to your social profiles and social networks. - Pixelpipe, Ping.fm, and Posterous (my pose)are great examples of post everywhere services. - Benefit: You can stop going to each individual site now. - Benefit: Mobile support across multiple mobile platforms!
- How are you effortlessly staying active in social media?
- What other tools would you recommend?
This is a timeless question, that even experienced bloggers have to come back and revisit, myself included. And for the past month, I’ve done so extensively. It has been one of the most frustrating processes for me and I’m sure I’ll still struggle with it after writing this.
First I’d like to note that I see now that I was the only getting in the way of myself and I looked exactly like the image the the left a lot. I had a million excuses and quite frankly, no passion or clear reason to blog on any given day. Some may say money, but as I noted last year, I don’t do this for the money. Money is not as motivating as you would think. Here are other ways I grew my motivation to finally sat down and write:
I called everyone! Friends, mentors, those I’ve previously worked with, new connections and old. Get your community involved! My support system is stronger now more than ever and increasing everyday. Sometimes you just need to open your mouth and clearly state the problem to address it. It’s not rocket science, but we’re so used to talking to ourselves sometimes that the banter becomes repetitive. Ideas go stale.
Conversations set the mood. They’re meant to inspire you. So go be inspired and pick up a phone or Skype if your minutes are running low! I don’t recommend using Twitter or Facebook to accomplish this. You need a direct connection to the source of inspiration. The phone or Skype is as close as you’ll get if you can’t see them in person.
…or any hobby will do. I love to read. I have a personal goal of reading 100 books of year. So far I’m on book 17. It doesn’t matter in the end if I reach this goal. The goal just helps me to keep picking up a book, which are another source of inspiration. Comics are great too. I’m not sure if TV will help you or serve as an even bigger distraction, so be careful with that one unless you’re going to watch an inspiring movie.
The process has brought me a lot closer to my never ending quest to have a better relationship with God. However, meditation and daily spiritual cleansing really helped with my focus, concentration, and endurance. You don’t have to be religious to accomplish this. Take a yoga class or listen to motivational podcasts. In the end, my spirit was raised and my mind was placed in a more positive state. This helped to but my thoughts and actions in alignment.
Write About Something Else
I have a thousand notes I’ve taken on podcasts, videoblogs, web articles, and books that don’t pertain to technology or anything I do for a living. I’ve been reading the The Leviathan by Hobbes, Midnight by Sistah Soulja, The Prince, The Alchemist, and tons more books at my local Barnes and Nobles. I can write outside of my environment, away from a desk and laptopn where my stress was focused the most. I had a pen and a notebook to take all of my notes. I didn’t worry about blogging. I just wrote!
Get Outside Of Your Element!
After all was said and done, these things made me feel good and sometimes, that was all I really needed in order to reconnect with my passions. They also placed outside of my natural element and that was a refreshing experience that I’m now sharing with you. So tell me, what motivates you to blog?
For the past week, a lot of my Twitter followers have noted that I’ve been M.I.A. (missing in action). And I have. To be honest, I’ve gotten a little bored with socializing online. That’s not to say I’m tired of talking to my friends online. I touched basis with Cyndy (a.k.a. the other Louis Gray) just last night. Last week, I had not one but two conversations with my sexy-man/partner in crime Chris Miller. However, all of these conversations took place offline.
Let me state beforehand that I find this post a little difficult to write. How can you elaborate on a sentence that explains it all: I’m sick of socializing online! It’s not the entire online social experience that I’m sick of though. It’s different elements that are starting to either bore me or annoy me.
This post was inspired by Is Social Over-Hyped?
A friend of mine once asked my why I kept posting about the same service over and over (Twitter was that service). I told her because there were various aspects of the service that I felt were unexplored that I could add some input to……and I needed something to post about. However, her question has been haunting me lately because our little bubble of web 2.0, silicon valley, and social media can get pretty repetitive.
I couldn’t write about a different service because there was nothing out that was of interest to me. On the other hand, there weren’t many meaningful discussions to contribute to either. Either I had nothing to say about the subject, or what I was thinking had already been said. There’s no point in rehashing a point just for the sake of saying something different. This is how I’ve been feeling lately.
Reading & Blogging Became A Chore
I’ve let my unread articles in Google Reader stack up to ridiculous amounts for the past few weeks. I’m sick of reading. It’s becoming a chore that I’d rather put off for various reason.
- There’s nothing new of interest.
- The conversations are all the same.
- I don’t feel like searching for new content.
I think I may be discovering that I’m one of those people that doesn’t like a lot of order. I like things to switch up every now and again. However, the section of the blogosphere that I’m interested in has a hit a plateau and in turn, so has my blogging. Once again, it’s all too repetitive to the point of tedium.
Plateau in Innovation and Creation
All the latest sites and services are all the same to me. Clones. Clones that do one feature better than the original. Clones that don’t have any of the features that the original has. Clones that are playing catch-up and clones that should have never seen the light of day because the original was a dumb idea to begin with. There’s nothing to talk about because there really isn’t any “real”" news. Innovation is at an all time low and we’re all suckers for it because something is better than nothing. Well, screw that!
A Hiatus on the Horizon?
No, I won’t be taking a hiatus. I still love this too much. However, content from SheGeeks will be on the slow side. I refuse to post just for the sake of posting. I want to add something new, if not original to the conversation. I want to discuss something different, something exciting, something….moving. That’s how FriendFeed and Twitter were when I first discovered them: exciting and moving. Where are the services, theories, and concepts that can accomplish that same feeling, while being of interest to me?