Mind the Gap

Why not count yourself a brand?

If you want to take social media seriously, don’t count it as wasting time. It can be invigorating. But don’t waste the days and the hours being the investigator, focused on where it’s going and never getting enough of it.

Try to stop short of simply reading and looking at what’s on social media. Bring yourself to bear with the simple possibility that you are a brand.

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Benjamin Faust

There will be times when you don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden the clock jumped and you don’t know where the time went. Never mind the additional possibility that your personal brand is a little too improperly swilled among all the social media platforms available.

You should evaluate what you need to do to seem savvy and interesting. It is the best way to handle social media. You will want to keep up with the next guy, and you need to do it as well or better in order to seem like a flexible, valuable individual.

It’s really not all that intuitive. This where your research skills pay off. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information crafting your social media strategy, and you can take away a few tips that will help you focus your social media output into a brand that proves quality and expertise.

The tip of the iceberg is your getting started, and research will quickly bring you up to speed with some guidelines about how best to proceed. It isn’t too difficult, but research will certainly help, and that is where your jumping off point is when you are expanding your personal brand on social.

This post was inspired by Ben Huberman’s Discover challenge Mind the Gap. If you like this, free to “like” and/or “follow,” and/or leave me a comment. Thank so much for reading!

Whether Sincere or Can We Challenge Ourselves

I wrote this post two years ago and decided today to curate it for the present.  Admittedly, it went unnoticed when I published it in November of 2016.

 

If we should evaluate ourselves, we find the opportunity and the option to transform our “essence,” the makeup of what is we, into entities on the web, mostly owing to the avenue of social media.  Turning our attention to this, we have a choice to do what we think of best, having the desire to appear “good” across it, accurately and clearly, for the consumption of the other and without the overt blurring of the truth

 

One excellent thing we can do for our peace of mind is to be sincere.  When we have a connection between the self and the other, the most enduring way to nurture that bond is to be sincere.

 

When we brand ourselves on social when we engage across it, the biggest challenge we have is to be sincere.  In the era of the Internet, when we are branding ourselves with our social media profiles and in our interactions with other Internet users, the most challenging thing we can do for ourselves is to practice sincerity on the world wide web.

 

The nature of the beast is to compete with all the other.   It goes beyond keeping in touch with others and is more about being part of the race between humans to do things in the best way possible at the time.

 

Nothing mundane is thought of as particularly “share-worthy” on social.  Instead, highlights of life are rendered on display and for consumption by the other, who is living a rival experience, part of the crowd, on social.  The biggest challenge, both inside social and offline, is to muster sincerity.

 

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It is most important when there are prevailing ties between you and the other, to permit authenticity, by consistently being sincere with those to who you are bound.  Being human becomes its own reward when you project sincerity to those to who you devote time and to those to who you proffer care.  The other, your friend, the stranger in the street, receives your sincerity graciously and this is a kindness.

 

You experience human relationships and interaction which are all nourishing in their own right.  You have made the choice to be sincere with those you care about.

 

Social media is a specific example of having the opportunity to be insincere, with the aim of looking better than how the truth actually is.  You want to chat up that girl at the bar so you tell her you’re an airline pilot.  I am, however, personally making an effort to speak truly, so that if you are happening to read this, you can with better readiness, trust me a bit that I have your interests at heart.

 

We are most likely strangers, but I put it to you that I am God-fearing, humble and sincere.  Social media is a ready alternative to living life for its own sake, and what you might term “social sincerity” is challenging to maintain but manageable.  You have the opportunity to put yourself across the Internet with both sincerity and artful intent.

 

Today again I found I wanted very much a personal level to assert that I am sincere.  I am grateful for the opportunity.

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Requirement To Proceed Gingerly is Essential

We have to worry about the weather. Most of our volunteers are senior citizens and they walk very gingerly.

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Alberta is right, that treating senior citizens gingerly isn’t always easy.  While some remain young at heart and reasonable, others are less capable, frankly, in some situations.

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I’m in operations at a not-for-profit cemetery (in fact, you can find us elsewhere on the Internet at http://maplelawncemeteryorg.ipage.com/oldchurchcemetery/24701.html).  It is somewhat taxing doing such funeral work, but the serenity of the environment and the relative freedom I have in addition to the work I do make it worthwhile.

 

November 28 of this month celebrates Giving Tuesday, which is like a holiday for not-for-profits (chiefly in the US, but elsewhere as well, I should think).  I am posting to Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited) as well as to Twitter (my page is https://twitter.com/findingenvirons).  It is true that Twitter is busy unrolling its new vision for its tweets.

 

The new tweets will be up to two hundred and eighty characters in length compared to how they were, for ten years, which was tweets up to a hundred and forty characters.  I am not sure how Twitter will fare in the future with this disregard for tradition (a decade’s tradition) evident.

 

Many Internet users rely on Facebook, and on Twitter, for their news (as in the case, for example, they wish to be good citizens).  Twitter’s reputation will most likely change as new developments there come up, but while Twitter appeals to someone like me, whose forty years old and been on the Internet since before the days of Napster, it is discouraging.

 

If I were to relent a little for the sake of a greater good for my family, who are supportive of the decisions I make, and for the cemetery, which is operated efficiently and consistently, perhaps I would abandon Twitter now.  I don’t want to, however.

 

Today’s WordPress Daily Prompt is the word gingerly and because I think the WordPress prompts are great, I thought I would venture to blog again thoughts I have.

Devising Content that Stands Out from the Crowd

A blog remains an essential requirement of life with the Internet in 2017.  It is neither a lost art nor spurious.  If you are serious about your name on the Internet, you need to be blogging.

 

It is not without a sense of urgency that we experience our lives.  The long and short of the problem is that with so many demands on our time, it is urgent that we get to the belly of the beast and jot those “X’s” onto our to-do lists.  With Christmas approaching this time of year, we have even less time on our hands to devote to pastimes such as blogging.

 

When I think of everything in life that demands our attention, and I am not a parent, nor even really a career man, the no. 1 thing I think of is the rush to post content on social media.  That being said, and I’m sure you’re doing a good job of this already if you’re on the Internet, it may help to reflect that writing content is all about capturing interest.

 

Content needs to provoke interest and to continue to do so (being “evergreen”), at a time when there is constantly all the more competition against which you need to pit yourself (it’s cutthroat).  You have what is literally a finite amount of time available if you are handling the reins of your social media.  Therefore it is with some urgency that you need to keep your content coming.

 

You are almost certainly on social media already if you are reading WordPress blogs.  It is up to you to conduct yourself with excellence.  When I blog, I draw on the WordPress daily prompts for inspiration, and I want to present a relative amount of truth and dedication to the hobby so that I am not merely spinning my wheels.

 

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