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Defining Your Process

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Today marks my 2 year anniversary at BTC Revolutions it’s been a life changing year for me and I’m looking forward to see how we will be changing the world in the next two!

I wrote this about two years ago, and never submitted it… I may be more Charlie than I expected.

Charlie-brown-1-sadI’m super excited to be a part of the #TeamBTC blog but as I stare into the emptiness of my Evernote page, I sigh… I need a topic. What better thing to write when you don’t know what to write but to examine how you write. My process has always been take the original topic given to me and completely change it as I go. I am an analogy writer through and through. I like to explain topics by looking at them from a different place.
Some people are procrastinators and work best when the pressure is on, some only like to hit bare minimum requirements counting each and every word as they go, and some tend to over-analyze things. There are many other ways people attack their particular to-dos but in the spirit of #JFDI, let’s just examine the four archetypes of process.
The song “Book Report” from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown is a perfect, yet whimsical example of these four types. The four main characters lament about a recent homework assignment, each in different way.

Charlie Brown – Charlie Brown knows he needs to get his homework done, but he keeps putting it off. He is a classic procrastinator. I know I have a touch of classic Charlie Brown in my blogging style, I always think that I work better under pressure, this is not the case.
If you are a classic procrastinator, try and find ways to help yourself get out of the rut. Schedule a little time every day to get some writing done and just keep chugging along when you can. (I started this post yesterday when I had some downtime, and I’ll probably finish it tomorrow.)

Lucy VanPelt – (One of my life’s personal heroes by the way) wants nothing to do with writing her book report. She counts every word to hit the bare minimum and most of her words were very, very, very ,very ,very – unhelpful. What Lucy could do, is find a way to express herself in a format she enjoys. If you are a classic “Lucy” and do not enjoy blogging or writing but still want to get your message out, look for a different way to do it. A visual person might want to start making infographics. Are you a talker? Express yourself with video blogging.

Linus VanPelt – Linus is a very conscientious researcher but he lets his research take over and go off into tangents and analogies that don’t quite make sense. Don’t let your research take over your theme. If you start out with a topic that gets lost once you start putting words to paper (as it were) maybe the initial topic is not what you want to write about. Keep going into the direction of the research and make changes and tweaks accordingly.

 

Schroeder – Schroeder takes the subject and tries to find a way to explain it in a way that he finds the most entertaining. Using an analogy is a great way to explain things to people in a way that helps them understand new ideas in a familiar way. I am a classic Schroeder, some of my most popular posts have used this method to compare social media and blogging to pop culture. Shoot – that is the basis of this post itself!


While I am sure there are 100 different variations of each style listed above, every author is different. The point of this post is to get you to try to define your process. Once you define it, learn the best way to work with your type to best accentuate your writing.

Where do you fall into this scale? What is your Peanuts process?

*Apparently, I am also “A Lucy” as I just checked my word count and felt an immediate need to add more.

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The End of the Year as We Know It

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Ah… the year end wrap up post. I have to say that 2012 has been quite the year for me blogging wise. I have gotten to hone my own writing voice and started to get posts out that I am truly quite proud of. This has a lot to do with the relationships I have formed my social communities. Becoming part of the teams for both Steamfeed.com  and the Social Solutions Collective. Writing alongside all these other great bloggers has challenged me to bring out the best in all my writing.

Here is a collection of all my favorite posts I have written this year:

What I learned about Social Media From Star Wars

With the recent celebration of Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you all) Paul and I decided it was time for another post pairing. (Funny how we choose to do that with the science fiction themes…) While Paul is taking the “Dark Side” on the subject (why wouldn’t he – they have cookies), I am posting from the view of the “rebel scum”

Here is what Star Wars has taught me about Social Media.  Read More: 

I want my H(ashtag)TV

Have you been noticing something new invading the screen on your favorite television programs? Now, along with the cast members from upcoming programs walking across the screen and important news bulletins across the bottom, hashtags are beginning to gain screen time. Shows are using hashtags to encourage participation and audience engagement and to keep the conversation going long past the credits role. Reality television has made the hashtag the newest part of the genre. Read More:

London 2012: Sabers, Spoilers, Speedos and Social

Good – you’re here. There have been so many posts flooding the streams about the Olympics, I wanted to be sure I had a title to grab your attention. Let’s start with a brief history of me and the Olympics. Read More:

Internet Famous

Let me just start off by saying, I am not, nor do I claim to be “Internet Famous” or any other kind of famous for that matter. I am merely kinda known in a community I have worked at creating and becoming a member of. I’m ok with that, I’ve met so many great people across the interwebs and had the opportunity to do some awesome things because of the connections I’ve made. Read More : 

Scoring with Social Media for Customer Service

Social media is not just a part of the marketing or PR department; it is also an extension of your customer service team. People are already out in the social space talking about you , sometimes asking questions, sometimes saying good things and sometimes, saying bad things. You need to be aware of what is going on and use it to the best advantage for both you and your customers. Read More: 

 Twitter List(ening)

Keeping your Twitter account organized is incredibly important to having a great online experience. Once you begin following users in the hundreds, thousands or even more your stream will become almost unusable with the amount of content coming at you. One way to help you tame the beast of Twitter is to create and utilize Twitter lists. Read More:

 Do You Blog Like Charlie Brown?

I recently wrote a post about what to do when you get writer’s block. Through the comments on the post itself and over Twitter, I’ve seen lot’s of ways people deal with the same situation. That got me to thinking of one of my favorite songs from my childhood. “Book Report” from You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. If you have not seen it, click here. The song explores how four of the main characters attack the same homework assignment in very different ways. Read More: 

Don’t Be a Social Media Zombie

Or a Ghost. Or a Vampire.

Zombies! and Ghosts! and Vampires! Oh My! Halloween fever has taken over. But if you think about it, you do see all three of these personality types showing up in social media. Let me explain – Read More: 

 Character Limit? Y U No Haz Grammah?

Twitter is a short format space, you only have 140 characters to get your point across. If you want people to share your information, you should knock that down to 120 to allow room for comments.

There are two very important things that a brand needs to have to create great tweets in such a tight space, and they go hand in hand.  Read More: 

The Brain Drain – How to Blog When You Can’t

I had two blogs due today but only one idea. That’s kind of a problem (my serious case of procrastination did not help the situation). So what do I do?

I write a blog about how I can’t write a blog.  Read More: 

10 Things Not To Say To A Social Media Manager

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we are elbow deep in the holiday season. It’s the time of year were you reconnect with friends and family you might not see all that often. Reconnecting with these people can occasionally end up in some awkward moments. One of those moments comes when you try to explain your job as a social media or community manager to those people who just don’t quite “get” it.  Read More: 

Resolution- Twitter Clean Up

As we creep closer to the end of the year, thoughts of resolutions begin to surface. While you are busy giving up smoking or planning to go to the gym, make sure you set aside some time to clean up your Twitter account as well.  Read More:

Thank you all for reading! I’ll see you in 2013!

Sláinte!

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Horton Reads a Blog Post

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“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
― Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

As a little girl, when people would  ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I had only one answer:  “Dr Seuss”. To this day his creativity, imagination and vocabularity (see what I did there?) are a built in part of me. I love the lessons that he wraps up in a big ball of fun.

When I think about social and content curation, the above quote from the book “Horton Hears a Who!” is a rule I try and follow. It is always pretty easy to tell when a new post comes out by one of the bigger blogs because the streams will start to fill with people sharing them. Sometimes you will see 5 or 6 in a row from different people who have an auto post set up to Tweet things as they are published (please don’t do that). I also read and share the posts from the big guys (but not the moment they come out) but what I really love to do is discover and share new blogs.

Many times the newer bloggers or the ones who just happen to have a smaller audience get lost in the stream of Guy Kawasakis, Mashables,& Mari Smiths. These non “names” often have fresh ideas and new ways to look at things. Finding a new blogger to follow, connect and engage with is like finding buried treasure. Similar to how Horton let the Whos voices ring out – let’s hear some new voices!

So please – in the comments below, tell me who is your Who!

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My “Wonder Women” for National Girlfriends Day

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Wednesday August 1, is National Girlfriends Day and in honor of the holiday, I want to celebrate some of the awesome women I am grateful to share the interwebz with. This diverse group educate me, motivate me and just plain brighten up my day. You should get to know them all.

Berni Xiong – @BerniXiong
Berni is the “shin kicking life spark” who tells it like it is. She is a professional life coach who serves as the swift kick in the ass you need to help you be who you want to be. I met Berni through the Kitchen Table Talks Twitter chat #ktco and I can’t even begin to tell you how much differently I think about my own worth because of knowing her.

You can find Berni at http://www.bernixiong.com/

Sarah Kopf – @thinfluenced 
Sarah is the only person on this list that I have known since before this thing called social media (Literally. We were friends before MySpace) Sarah is my personal fitness idol. Following her weight loss journey has inspired me to embark on one of my own, I only hope I can have half her drive and determination. I also would love at least one quarter of her perkiness and cheer – seriously. This girl ROCKS!)

You can find Sarah at http://www.thinfluenced.com/

Shelby Sapusek – @ShelMKE
When I read Shelby’s posts I often have to stop and think to myself ‘holy crap, did I write that?’. But then, I look at the writing style and the (correct) use of things like grammar, I realize it is Shelby. Her SheHeMedia along with Jim Raffel  have inspired my coblogger Paul Salzer  and I to write a could posts with the his/hers idea. Shelby’s recent post about public speaking  has helped me tremendously with my fear of my issues in front of a crowd.

You can find Shelby at http://shehemedia.com/ and the #SheHeChat on Thursday nights

Peggy Fitzpatrick – @PegFitzpatrick
When I see Peggy’s avatar I smile. Her smile is contagious! She is a little ball of positivity and will always enable a girl’s most princessy need for a tiara. She is also the host of 12Most  & #MyBookClub 

You can find Peggy at http://pegfitzpatrick.com/

Jenny Lawson – @TheBloggess 
Jenny Lawson, better known as The Bloggess, is had to describe but she is 100% awesome. I see a new post by her and I stop whatever I am doing to read it. Most of her posts are just weird and hysterical, some are touching and a couple might just change your life.

You can find Jenny at http://thebloggess.com/

I hope you take the time to stop and get to know these wonder women.

Who are the women you look to when you need inspiring, encouragement or just a big old belly laugh?

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 My personal version of Wonder Woman circa 1980