Journal #10: Do You Like Me? Check Yes or No.

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Do You Like Me? Check Yes or No

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1. Create a list of specific goals you have for your social media presence, tailored to your needs and what you have learned so far about what works and doesn’t work with your topic area. 

 
2. Decide what metrics you will be collecting about your blog/social media presence that will measure progress toward those views, using the readings for guidance. Make a specific list or spreadsheet. Begin collecting this info on a regular basis. 

 
3. Create some kind of challenge for yourself and describe it on your journal blog. Maybe you will try to post a photo on Instagram every day. Maybe you will try a “30 days of blogging” challenge, or similar. Maybe you will try to write a post at least once a week. It’s up to you, but the first step in boosting your metrics is learning to create a regular stream of content. 
 


 

Metrics.  Measurement.  The Numbers.  The Scores. The Who’s Who proof that we all seek to obtain. These are the things that a media maven’s online life depends upon and thus, I suppose I will have to start making sure my metrics are towing the line.

I’ve always wanted to be famous.  Popular.  Someone Important.  Anyone, really.  Just as long as everyone knew my name.  At age 6, my parent’s friends would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  My answer was always the same:  “I want to rule the world.”  I may have grown up, changed, and become cynical but deep down the answer remains.  I’m just a girl who wants to rule the world.  My parents were so very pleased (yes…that’s sarcasm) that Madonna was my idol and I dressed in lace and mini skirts, followed by pointy bras each year for Halloween from the age of 6 to 13.  What can I say – I’m a believer in finding a costume that works and sticking with it.  So much for my originality.  I guess my personality was original enough though.

Today, my idol has changed.  Yes…breathe that deep sigh of relief.  My idol is someone who should be respected – not for the clothes he wears or the songs he sings, but for his passion, his beliefs, his courage, and his dedication.  So, yes.  I still want to rule the world.  Although now, my dream doesn’t involve twerkin’ it to the top, it involves activism and continuing the fight for liberty and freedom.  In order to grow my career and secure a position working within the liberty movement, I have to make sure my social media presence is one that shows knowledge, passion, education, self-control, personality, the ability to unite and connect, and consistency.

From now on, I must begin making realistic goals for my social media presence and measuring them with….consistency.  There’s that word again and as you read on, you will see it a few more times.  I have extensive knowledge in the How-To section of Social Media and Social Networking but have only showed consistency when it came to my personal branding on Facebook.  It’s time that I shared my passion with the other networks with the same….consistency.

 

My Goals: 

1.  To become an active and consistent Twitter user.

2.  To increase my number of Twitter followers.

3.  To balance my followers to my following on Twitter.  (Every time I say or type “Following” – all I think of is the Joe Carroll cult on the FOX show “The Following” and it creeps me out)

4.  To actively read tweets from Liberty-Minded and digital media professionals in order to remain current on topics pertaining to those fields, to promote myself, and to encourage engagement.  In order to be noticed as someone knowledgeable and serious about these topics, I must make myself known on a consistent and professional basis.

5.  To increase the number of Retweets that I receive on Twitter.

6.  To increase the number of followers on both my personal blog (this one) and my tn liberty blog.

7.  To increase the engagement level of my followers on both blogs.  Currently, I can tell that people are following me through Twittermy Facebook Page, and on both blogs but no one is leaving comments.  This is frustrating and I hope to figure out a way to remedy this situation.  However, I have noticed for years that the liberty-minded typically don’t leave comments or engage unless they want to argue.  So, it may be better to let “sleeping dogs lie.”

8.  To use Foursquare & Yelp with more consistency.  I find that I always “remember” people who appear often on my Foursquare notifications.  They seem to be people always in the know – the ones who have the best patio tables on sunny Saturday afternoons and have already tried the new restaurant or hotspot in town.  This used to be me, before the days of grad school and prior to that, the days of traveling the state for weeks at a time.  I have become accustomed to staying home more often but do go to these places occasionally.  However, when I do, I forget to check-in, leave a tip for others, or write a review.  It’s time I changed that.

9.  To continue to provide a unique point of view for my audience on both blogs, Twitter, and my Facebook page.  I bring something to the table that many who are currently active on social media and in the liberty movement do not – experience organizing and training youth YAL and SFL groups and garnering new support for these groups, candidates, and the movement.

10.  To continue to increase my Klout score.  This positions me as an expert in my field and although I already have a medium high score on Klout, I would theoretically like it to move to the high 70s at a minimum.  Currently, I have a 64.  In this SocialJ7330 class, only Burton Bridges and Carrie Brown have higher scores with a 65 and a 71 respectively.  Other “celebretarians” in my network have scores in the upper 70s to upper 80s.

11.  Finally, for my personal brand – I want to make sure that I show another facet of my personality.  I love liberty, freedom, the Constitution, and Ron Paul but that is NOT all of who I am. I love television, media studies, event planning, traveling, being a foodie, seeing and being seen, fashion, Tiger Basketball, the organic lifestyle, whitewater kayaking, animal rescue, and babysitting my best friend’s 7 yr old boy and that involves knowing some awesome spots in the city for afternoons without mom.  It’s time I began writing stuff on this blog about these topics as well.  I want to show that I am unique and bring a multifaceted personality to every table.

 

How I am Going to Do This: 

1.  By working to increase my social media presence in general, my followers should increase as will the attention paid to my blogs. This will happen through making a consistent and focused effort to open Twitter every single day and adding new posts to both blogs at least 2-3 times per week.  I would also like to continue the Photo365 Challenge for the entire 365 days as it seems to have helped me gain a good number of followers on my personal blog. (See challenge below),

2.  I will spend some time using http://tweepdash.com/ in order to clear out some of those erroneous people that I have collected and followed on Twitter, over the years.  This should help me balance my Twitter follower/following numbers, especially if I am able to increase the number of Twitter followers through my other strategies.

3.  Increasing the number of Retweets that I receive on Twitter should come fairly easily when I begin to use Twitter consistently, read more posts on issues pertaining to my aforementioned topics, and begin to write more original tweets.

4.  I also want to spend some time with http://www.Hashtagify.comhttp://www.tweetlevel.com, and http://www.topsy.com as well as http://www.followerwork.comhttp://www.tweeple.comhttp://www.Twitonomy.comhttp://www.tweept.com and http://www.FriendorFollow.com  to see if I am missing any influential Twitter users in my following list.  Once I am able to spend some time using these free Twitter metrics tools, I will be able to narrow down the list to just the ones that are most helpful.

5.  I will also start to use http://www.Followerwonk.com and http://www.Topsy.com in addition to http://www.Klout.com  to make sure that I am and continue to be positioned as an expert in the liberty movement, tn liberty, and digital media.

6.  Next, in order to make sure that my messaging is reaching people beyond my current following on Twitter and thus, helping me gain new followers for Twitter and my blogs, I will use http://www.Tweetreach.com and http://www.twtrland.com.

7.  I will also use the Google AnalyticsGoogle Alerts, and the WordPress.com Stats to keep watch on my metrics such as acquisition, engagement, reach, growth, CTRs, and new followers.  By watching these stats on my blog, I can figure out where the traffic is coming from – Google, Google+, FacebookTwitter, etc.  I can also make sure that my reach is hitting the numbers that it needs to on Twitter and Facebook so that It can help the blogs grow.

8.  Finally, I will be making a concerted effort to use Klout on a daily basis, along with TwitterFoursquare, and of course, Facebook.  I also hope to begin writing a review for Yelp at least once a week – I don’t want to get too crazy here and theoretically, I would like to begin posting numerous stories to my tn liberty blog on a daily basis.  First, I am going to spend a few days finishing the site and making sure that all important information has been added and is correct.

I am also going to need a lot more time.  I have the passion and the content but the time is my only limitation.  There is just not enough of it in my life.  I have heard some say that if you want to be a hugely popular blogger, you’d almost have to quit your day job and spend all of your time, blogging.  From my experience, this is pretty much true.  Before grad school, I used a good number of hours during the day focusing on my networking and social media presence.  Now, there just isn’t enough time to even say hello to family.  So…many of these things will have to wait.  However, I feel that I have increased the avenues by which I can connect to people and have some good ideas for forthcoming content.  One day I’ll blog by the beach.  One day….just not today.

 

Challenge: 

1.  To continue the Photo365 Challenge for at least through 365 days

2.  To open Twitter at least once every single day for 30 minutes, retweet influential people, and   write at least 2 original tweets on both of my aforementioned topics.

3.  To open Klout each day and share stories from within it’s system to help increase my score

4.  To write at least one short review a week on Yelp and REMEMBER to check-in on Yelp and Foursquare consistently.

5.  Eventually, after this semester of grad school, I would like to post at least 2 stories a day to tn liberty.



 

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Journal # 7 – Photo365 Challenge is…Challenging

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Photo365 Challenge is…Challenging

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  • “In your journal blog, discuss what are you learning from the photo-a-day process so far.”

The Photo365 Challenge has been well…challenging.  I don’t think that most people would find my particular challenges to be their challenges during a Photo365 Challenge.  It’s not that i forget to take pictures – I take plenty.  It’s not that I don’t know how to take proper pictures – I’m actually not half bad at the art of photography.  I suppose I should thank my father the photographer for that particular skillset.  I usually find myself thanking my mother for the skillsets that she gave me such as being determined to do anything and everything possible or being able to push myself to figure out most anything, able to change a tire or hook up any electronics system or sit in a board room filled with men and the ability to hold your own.  The lists goes on and on and on but I sometimes forget that many of my skillsets come from my father, as well.  He is quieter than I am and not as assertive as my mother and I (he would call it aggressive but I maintain that it’s assertive), so sometimes I forget.  But I digress..  What were we talking about again?  Oh yeah…why I find the Photo365 Challenge…um…challenging.

So, I take a lot of pictures and I know how to take proper pictures.  Check.  I am quite useful with the photo editing software so that’s not the problem.  My problem lies is two areas…time and perfectionism.  Gah – ain’t that the story of my life these days?!!

Anyway, let’s talk about issues:

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 8.10.46 PM1.  TIME:  It  seems that I never leave the house these days.  Grad school has turned me into a recluse.  I am either stuck in my office on this computer or in actual class after spending the day, working on this computer.  My dog is adorable but how many pictures of a cute lab/chow mix can one take before they appear to be the crazy dog lady?  I think I have already exceeded that number and the postman didn’t find it as hilarious as my boyfriend did, when I chased after him, camera in hand.  The next door neighbors got a little creeped out by the zoom function on my stellar HTC One camera phone and grass grows very slowly in the winter.  I proclivity for taking selfies at an unprecedented rate until I was utterly satisfied with picture began to look narcissistic and to be honest, I don’t have a whole lot of time these days to even blow dry my hair or apply some concealer.  Ain’t nobody gonna wanna see the everyday grad school selfie!

I decided to use my old pal Bonono, a stuffed monkey given to me by a very important friend many years ago, as the subject of this Photo365 Challenge.  The problem there – he isn’t easy to transport.  People look at you funny when you haul a stuffed monkey out of your purse and begin to hold a photoshoot in Kroger, First Tennessee, or Walgreens. Yes – those may be the only places I go on a weekly basis.  Yeah…no, I don’t even go there!  So, Bonono and I have taken many a photoshoot in the privacy of our home.  Even then, how many times can a monkey swing from a tree, pretend to ride a motorcycle, read a school book, ride the dog, check out the week’s calendar, beat himself with a statistics book, be horrified at the article on NSA spying in Rolling Stone, play dress-up, cook dinner, or try to use the birdbath as a hot tub before people are utterly sick of the monkey?  Well, i’m sure many are sick of the monkey pictures but that is what we have at this time.  Learn to love the monkey people.  Either that or brace yourself for a montage entitled “As Grass Grows,” in which you get a picture of the front yard at the same angle every day, in order to watch the seasons change from winter to spring to summer.  Anyone interested?

Screen Shot 2014-03-13 at 8.19.32 PM2.  EXCELLENCE:  Some call this trait of mine perfectionism, and that word is one that I am so darn tired of hearing this semester.  I believe that I strive for excellence.  Yes, I like things to be as perfect as possible.  I admit it.  I like things clean and pretty and well-executed.  I feel that if one is going to take the time to do something, they should do it right and to the very best of their ability.  So – I spend extra time writing essays and if i’m not confident that the subject can be thoroughly explained in the minimum number of pages – a increasingly small number that so many students seem to forget is the minimum work required– then I write more pages and make sure to add something extra.   The minimum means not going above and beyond, not pushing yourself, and doing just enough to get by – something I frankly don’t understand.  Why would anyone enter grad school and not push themselves?  Not go above and beyond?  Not try to add something extra to make their work stand out?  What’s the point them people?  Seriously.  Again, I digress.

PIctures.  So yeah, once I’ve taken my grass growing, monkey swinging, postman chasing, neighbor spying, dog running, or horrendous-looking selfie picture, I feel the need to take a few moments and edit it to the best of my ability.  Some pictures look better when cropped.  Some look better in black and white or sepia or antiqued or with the brightness increased, the contrast lowered, or a filter applied.  Why not make your work look the best it can?  Again – it’s about taking pride in your work and putting your best face in front of the public.  Why would you do anything less?  BUT, this takes time people.  And as I established in problem number 1 – time is of the essence here and I don’t have a lot of it.  I don’t sleep as much as I would like to and I forgo television shows that I love, just to make sure that the product I give my public is the best possible.

So, the Photo365 Challenge has been challenging because I want to take nicely shot pictures of an interesting or at least a funny subject matter and have them properly edited before placing them out in the ethers of the internet for all to see – or potentially see.  The drive I have to do good work and place the best face forward has made it more challenging. However, I don’t understand why anyone would do any less.

On a positive note, it is nice to have a collection of photos that represent my year in grad school and in one place.  Each one means something special to me and I  like being able to have a collection.

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Photo365 Challenge – Day 29

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Bonono decided that he wanted another day off from this Photo365 Challenge, so I decided to show people just how exciting Mass Communication Research Methods was last night.  This was a lot more fun than usual!

 

Check back in everyday during this Photo365 Challenge to see more from Bonono and me!

 



Photo365 Challenge – Day 28

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Bonono loves the sun more than anything and he is really tired of being cold.  He knows Memphis isn’t the worst place to be during the winter but it isn’t the best either.  Today, the sun came out and it was 72 degrees.  He was a happy little monkey.

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Check back in everyday during this Photo365 Challenge to see more antics from Bonono.

Photo365 Challenge – Day 26

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So Bonono decided to take two days off and disappear for the weekend!  Thanks buddy – I guess i’ll just do your Photo365 Challenge for you again today!  He’s lucky he is cute!

So – here’s a scrunchy-face selfie to let you know just how i’m feeling about ALL the things!  If you know me, you know that I make this face a lot!  

Eh…it’s a face only a mother could love.

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Check back in everyday during this Photo365 Challenge to see more antics from Bonono (when he decides to get back to work).

Photo365 Challenge – Day 25

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Giving Bonono the day off from the Photo365 Challenge, I decided to upload a picture taken at the most awesome early birthday present event ever!  

My mother purchased tickets to see Vicki Lawrence’s 40th Anniversary 2-Woman Show with “Mama” (aka Thelma Harper of Mama’s Family) at Resorts Casino Tunica!

 It was a lot of fun to get to spend some time with my mother and “Mama” was hilarious as usual!  

Click here to see some great Mama’s Family photos.

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Check back in everyday during this Photo365 Challenge to see more from Bonono and me!


For you viewing pleasure check out Vicki Lawrence interviewing Thelma Harper and Carol Burnett, Betty White and Vicki Lawrence reminiscing about their time together on Mama’s Family:


 Mama on Giving Birth in an episode of Mama’s Family: