Day 8 of the blog course is about creating a social network plan. Before you can come up with a plan, you have to think about where you want to go and what tools you’re going to use. In this post I talk about the tools I use, what I did so far with them, one of my goals and the need for a plan.
Definitely I need some work doing here, I can’t just finish in this blog post.
I can tell what I have done so far, but that’s merely standing in the door opening, met a few people, did short chats, left some things of me behind and that was it.
There isn’t really a plan yet. Not in this department, and that plan just can’t be thought out in today’s assignment. I need longer to achieve that.
What have I been doing so far?
It started out with creating an account on Linked In and filling my profile.
It’s in the advanced stage and still needs work.
I collected a few contacts. I don’t add people left and right. Sometimes I get an invite and I reject it for various reasons. For example, we never exchanged a word anywhere, so why would I suddenly want to add you. I don’t have a policy for adding people, but having previous contact or having something in common work related is something I want.
Then I joined a few LinkedIn groups and started to engage there. That’s how I got my contacts.
Today I opened my own group, True Crime Writers and Enthousiasts* because I still missed something on that platform and I couldn’t find it in an existing group. I tried that, but after five days my introduction still hadn’t been posted in that group and nothing was happening in that group either. It wasn’t working for me and I left.
By creating my own group on LinkedIn there was a possibility to connect to Twitter. Okay, then I create an account there as well. I still have to figure out how Twitter works to make good use of it.
This platform I joined several months ago, because I love reading books and I have read a lot of those in my life. It was a tip I read somewhere. It’s nice to have a spot where you can create your digital book-case. I gathered a few contacts there and joined a group.
This one I avoided at all costs in the past. I didn’t think this one was suitable for me. Recently, I changed my mind and registered an account. That one I connected to my blog in the publicize area for the day 7 assignment, after I created a special page.
Because I already had a Gmail account, this one came along automatically. I might as well use it then and I started to post short summaries with links to articles on my blog. I only have gathered one contact there so far. That person came from my account on YouTube.
I’m a big fan of True Crime documentaries and movies based on true stories. Less time for that these days, but when I can I visit Crime Inc and pick a documentary to watch. If it’s on YouTube I sometimes comment on the documentary I have watched. Sometimes you meet a nice person, sometimes you meet people who get personal with you, just because you differ in opinion.
My strategy is to stay above that, don’t stoop to the same level and stop responding when necessary.
Don’t stop at connecting
I agree with this one wholeheartedly. I noticed before that a lot of people just promote and then leave. I guess, waiting somewhere else for people to follow what they left. The thing is, if you never see what others leave behind or comment on what they are busy with, then I guess you won’t get very far eventually. When you start, like me, then it’s hard to create a network. Most people already had one and just could tap in what already was there.
I basically had to start from scratch. One of my goals is learning how to network. For a long time, I was living at the side lines of life.
I had my reasons.
But, if I want to achieve parts of my plan, I will have to connect with others, create a group of people with similar interests and sharing those. I tried five months ago by putting an ad on a Dutch website for all kind of products and services, including contacts. Requesting for people who also like to write and want to learn more about digital design. That didn’t work out. The two contacts I gathered stopped mailing at some point. That’s how it goes in life. People come and go. It did demotivate me somewhat, because it has happened so often before. You put time and energy into a person and then you don’t hear a word anymore, from one day to the next.
It didn’t stop me. One of my mottos is to never give up on something that’s important to me, or a way to get where I want to be. Therefore, I also had entered the social network places. I had to avoid those in the past, but sometimes it’s worth taking some risk in exposing yourself in a calculated manner. Certainly if it can help you getting what you want eventually.
So, here I am, on the start point of claiming my on-line spot in Internet land and trying to make a mark for myself. Looking for other people with the same interests as me and sharing them, learning from each other, motivate. But the course is right. I do need a plan.
How do I normally plan?
I already wrote a general article about how to improve in achieving. In there I also pointed out you need a plan and how to create one. That will be my starting point for this particular subject as well. Luckily, I already had started a marketing plan document that did involve this subject. I just need to expand.
And I know it will take time. These things can’t be rushed and I don’t expect that to happen.
It takes time to come up with a plan you adjust along the way, and it takes time to pick the fruits of that labour.
I realise the letter o doesn’t belong in the word enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the group with that name is already set up. Tough luck.