Wow I just realized that today was my 2 year blogging anniversary. Two years ago I was in the thinking process about whether I should create an online business. I was hearing all the hype about blogging and social media and internet marketing and had no clue what was really going on.
I thought I would take this opportunity to share the blog post with you – at that point in time Decisive Minds hadn't even become a consideration – that was still six months away. Here goes and yes this is the actual title:
OK I'll admit it – I am scared. At this moment a little more scared about blogging than the actual subject but if you had asked me yesterday before I decided to blog about my experiences I would have been more scared about social media. I don't know about you but a month ago I thought social media was for teenagers. Every kid I know has a My Space account and that is what I thought social media was – a place for teenagers to hook up.
Then about a month ago I started thinking about writing something, a book, a pamphlet, a letter – anything I could do to express some of these thoughts I have all the time. I have spent 40+ years absorbing all the information the world would give me and have now decided that it is time for me to share. I am going to give you the fast forward version of how I got to this particular point in time – Write a book? How to publish? OK how to self-publish? How to promote? What the heck is social media? – OK now these 5 steps took me several weeks but I woke up one morning and realized there is a whole world out there I knew nothing about and anyone who knows me knows I can't stand that. I have to know at least something about everything – how else can I form my opinion and I am very full of opinion. LOL
Over the previous months a couple of my friends had joined Facebook and asked me to join but I declined. I told one of them when she asked why I hadn't joined that I didn't want to have to talk to other people on my computer which, of course, was why my yahoo address was always on invisible. Not that I am not social just that I stay pretty busy and I didn't want anyone to be offended if they saw me online and I didn't speak to them. Then I saw an article about twitter and that looked like something I would like. Short and sweet messages from me to the outer world. People would hear what I have to say but I wouldn't have to hold a conversation with anyone. So on June 14, 2009 I opened a twitter account, www.twitter.com/RUInspired, and sent my first tweet. It said “Wow! 1st twitter comment – what to say? Inspire – to affect, guide, or arouse by divine influence. I want to be inspirational!”. I was hooked but still confused. I started following different people and had people start following me but I wasn't sure how to use it to my advantage.
My search for help took me to a site I had in my favorites but I have to be honest was not visiting on a regular basis http://www.selfgrowth.com/. I had signed up for a member account (not as an expert yet) and was receiving a few emails and newsletters but had really not paid much attention to them. One of the messages I got from Self Growth said they were going to have a teleseminar about how to use social media – it's amazing – exactly what I was looking for. I will stop here but be sure to come back to read about what I started learning in the class…….
Happy blog-iversary! It’s hard to think of you as ever having been scared of blogging or social media, Michele. 🙂 I’m glad you conquered the fear and jumped in so you could learn and then lead others.
Thanks Michelle – I was just telling my parents about you tonight at dinner. We were talking about how we wished we were in Alaska right now :))