blog soup 01.17.2012
How to curate people and other social media DOHs
by Stan Faryna
Bell draws important lessons for writing from Woody Allen.
Give the reader freedom to infer.
Think of writing as subtle filmmaking. A few things are actually more impactful and resonate more when they happen off-camera.
The unsaid has power. Allusion is the story equivalent of an amuse-bouche — it puts the reader in the mood for a hearty meal. Innuendo is another dangerous weapon, a bush knife in a velvet sheath.
Betsy Cross insisted that I read your blog post right away. Perhaps, because I recently expressed my fears to her – fears that my writing, linking, and other things strike too hard and with unwanted consequence.
I get the mild impression, for example, that most are reluctant to comment on my blog posts in fear of what I might reply OR in fear what others will think of them if they are seen commenting on my blog. I’ve been told this by a few in confidence. And, wow, that sucks! It sucks to be me.
Betsy’s recent blog post is about her social media experiment.
Oh yeah – blogville is a lot like high school as Bill Dorman observed in a recent blog post, What am I chopped liver?
And Amber-Lee Dibble, Alaskan wilderness master guide, seems to have had other kinds of high school problems, herself. Big hug to you, Amber-Lee!
Heck, I can’t even write a facebook game guide for Castleville without throwing in my thoughts about life, the world, and whatever.
Woody Allen is a man that comes to himself and us with a lot of questions – sublime and profane.
His arrogance is enormous – as tall as a New York City skyscraper, but I think even Mr. Allen appreciates the irony of being Woody Allen.
Um, Bets, are you suggesting I should leave more unsaid? [laughing]
Subscribe to J.M. Bell’s blog, Start Your Novel.
Need more J.M. Bell? Check out the following:
Bill Dorman kindly treats the problem of the defection and apathy of triberrites when the automagical magic stopped happening.
Triberr remains relevant. Triberr inspired blog soup! I also have faith that Dino and Dan will tune it to a higher relevance. There will be ups and downs along the way, but that’s like anything worthwhile.
Even a Porsche comes with headaches – not to mention that a Porsche is all about performance and not comfort. It’s amazing that Porsches have power windows and the salesmen will look you in the eye and say just that! [grin]
Taking out the automagical mechanism was not merely a test for triberrites or their commitment to sharing and curating people. It created a challenge for Dino and Dan – a challenge they must overcome.
Social Media, generally speaking, is a lot of work and time for poor results. If a business doesn’t have much (or any) money for advertising and marketing (online or off), social media is more relevant than less. Triberr’s automagical feature solved a problem in this regard, it significantly reduced the work and time to get the message out.
Triberr’s automagical feature made all of our lives just a little easier.
Taking out the automagical feature sucked for everyone. Dino and Dan must have freaked out when they had to make and execute that decision. I feel for them. It prolly came like a kick in the balls. A drop kick – no less.
But I have to say that even those who do their daily check-in and approve the tweets are still a long way from the community mind-set that is needed to advance themselves and their tribemates the next ten yards. Dan and Dino are also counting on the triberatti to lead the way.
I’ve been sick for 40 days, myself. It may or may not be a excuse.
On the other hand, in my sick leave, I was saddened that no one picked up the ball with what I had been trying to do in my tribes. Maybe, no one wanted to presume. Maybe, they were busy.
Actually, I don’t find the fault with anyone. Perhaps, I failed to teach my tribe members that each of us is called to step up and move the tribe forward as the opportunity and vision presents itself to each individual. The tribe is and was never about me, the chief. It is and was always about us.
In the Rockstars tribe, we have imperfectly tried to expand the value and scope of the tribe through a tribe blog, tribe twitter account, a tribe twilah page, and a tribe paper.li. When I say we, I mean Betsy Cross. And Betsy teasingly likes to remind me that she is not getting paid to be the tribe secretary. Betsy should get paid and it could be a part time job for sure.
I help Betsy when I can. But my two hours per week of tribe promotions doesn’t compare to Betsy’s time.
So here we go down the rabbit’s hole.
Are you REALLY ready to take your tribe to the next ten yards?
How often do you give links (to blog posts, twitter, and facebook) and love to your tribemates in your own blog posts?
Bill Dorman, I believe, does it quite a lot.
Recently on my blog:
Do you describe yourself as a social media [fill in the blank]? Really?!
Subscribe to Bill Dorman’s blog, Dot me. That is all…
It ain’t easy. But if it was easy, it wouldn’t be an adventure that makes for life-long memories and stories.
Amber-Lee vividly describes how glacial rivers are crossed and safe-routes are assured by a master guide. This is not for the faint of heart!
Awesome! More please.
Subscribe to Amber-Lee Dibble’s blog, The Alaska Chick Blog.
4. Are you in the service industry? by Yomar Lopez
Yomar praises Build-A Bear Workshop and has some deep thoughts about what service is all about.
Important points that Yomar makes in this blog post:
1. Give your customers a place to speak freely and openly about their experience. There’s no better way to learn what you are doing right and wrong.
2. Respond to negative feedback with sympathy, concern, and an urgent desire to resolve a misunderstanding, faux pas, or [gulp] horrendous blunder.
3. Support that sucks is not support.
4. Reward your best customers according to their contribution- the people that act as brand evangelists and loyal fans.
Did I miss anything?
Subscribe to Yomar Lopez’s blog, Yogizilla’s Blankity Blank-Blank
Need more Yomar Lopez? Check out the following:
Triberr Rocks, But Not For The Reasons Most Love It Or Hate It
Lessons From The Social Network: Facebook’s Entrepreneurial Magic & Game Mechanics
Evaluating Social Currency and Re-humanizing Online Experience
Eugene Farber explains content marketing:
Content marketing is attracting and/or retaining customers by creating or curating valuable and compelling content on a consistent basis to maintain or change a behavior.
I like Eugene. He’s one awesome young professional. I appreciate his endeavor and ambition. And, most of all, his enthusiasm.
The infographics are too cool. The numbers are exaggerated. 52% of consumers say blogs have impacted purchase decisions? Sorry, but that ain’t even half the truth. That’s not Eugene’s fault! The fault is in the so called experts he uses as sources. Mashable, for example.
Forgive me for speaking out of my ass, Eugene. You know that I think the world of you.
And the truth is out there, Eugene. You shall overcome. You will succeed. Never give up!
And Eugene is going to figure it out. So DO stay tuned to this amazing young professional’s journey in social media and online marketing.
Subscribe to Eugene Farber’s blog, Reality Burst.
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17 January 2012
No fairies were harmed during the writing and publishing of this blog post.