Social Media Rocks

by Debbie Twomey on June 14, 2012

I was recently asked if I like my new job as a Social Media Manager. I did not hesitate to answer a resounding YES—and for many reasons. In my world, social media ROCKS!
 I do like my job, almost all of it. I do get worried when a new technique or training comes out (weekly by the way!) It can get scary and frustrating because I do not have the retention I had even 5 years ago. When your personal life has so much stress I say “come on now what else do I have to do!!!!!” (not quite that nicely) And then I get on with the business of learning and discover—I CAN DO IT.

 Key word research is cool. I have always loved research, when I wrote for newspapers, or when completing a college project just 8 years ago. I was so amazed to discover the ease of the internet but even before that, the library (you remember that building don’t you, all brick, lots of books!) I still use my local library, it has been my friend since I was 5 years old and I do not abandon friends.
To do keyword research takes a couple hours or more for maybe 4 titles or concepts. But as Sandi Krakowski has trained, it reaps great rewards.
I enjoy creating Facebook pages. The ones I have worked on give me such a sense of accomplishment when I see the finished product and knowing I served my client well is just icing on the cake. Eventually I hope to increase how many clients I will become a social media manger for and do the best I can to get their information to the masses.
I love blogging the most. I am a writer at heart and know I have experiences in parenting, daycare, children's issues and now social media–that I can express to you through the written word. I will tell you what the hardest task has been for me–letting go of writing and other skills I grew up with because many do not apply to social media. It is sometimes harder for an established writer to do this because they know one way (the right way)!!) of writing and it is not what works in social media. For instance, say you wanted one of your titles to be "Stay at home Mom". Sounds good, it is who you are right? But, when Googled, comes up so often unless you are the very best, you will be number 200 million before anyone sees you in a search engine.
I am one for catchy phrases and titles and most of the time, they are just too far down that list to be viewed by those I had hoped to share what I wrote with–(did any of you English majors notice I ended with a preposition, a major No NO  from my past) That was a hard lesson to learn. People, who do not know social media, cannot understand simple concepts because they are contrary to what we have known as a writer. We want to Write and be Read—but using the social media platforms takes new skills and if we are not willing to accept that we will never reach our target viewers.
Getting viewed and reviewed is the goal, always– to get your message or product out to as many people as possible. So, forget what I think I knew as a journalist for newspapers, I had to be retrained. And worst of all—dummied down in a way that makes my message understandable to a variety of people. Even that seemed to take a huge effort on my part. It seemed to insult my audience. But, I have come to understand that not everyone has been using social media and not everyone has had experience using a search engines, or taking care of an infant or following the latest trends. So my writing style needed to fit ALL readers, the first or the devoted fan. Each post is a brand new chance to share information or a product or a service or just a thought.
My writing is still me, with many lessons on how to format and reach a wide audience in this media. You cannot believe how many people try to go against that because they KNOW better. I was one of them too, so I know first-hand.
 I do love the social networking aspect, the writing, the creative side and that I get to do it from the comfort (and with great music in the background) of my own home. My legs are really bad, as are my hands and wrist (they have active RA right now–had my write/right thumb joint replaced last year). This is the greatest opportunity I have ever been given, thanks to Mary and Jay Carter respectively, who saw my potential and helped me bring it out in a way that worked best for me.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect is the “social” of this medium. WE all feel we have a talent or a message to share and this media affords us that chance. And in this amazing process we get to connect with people all over the world, those in our niche, those who have been our friends for many years and others still, who have something they can teach or share with us. How damn amazing is that?

And in case I forgot to mention, as an added bonus, I get to do this while having the delightful company of my granddaughter, Miss Mouse around.

"I have dedicated my life to the care and welfare of children. I feel privileged to share what I have learned with you. I am also committed to continuously learning.  I will keep informed of the latest information in parenting children from newborns to teens and pass it on to all of you.”   I will also use that same passion to help you create a dynasty generate increases in your business with straightforward and specialized media managing skills that guarantee your connection and scope will grow. Keep up to date reading our posts and discover valuable insights that can make parenting and succeeding in the business of the blogger– the most exciting adventure. (Debbie Twomey)


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Ebarbagallo June 14, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Social Media can dramatically change the way we communicate and do business.  It’s a wonderful way to converse, interact, discuss and to start a business.

Your potential, knowledge and tallent will be greatly appreciated by everyone looking for help in their particular field.


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