Don’t Be a Social Network Inbreeder!
Here are two pictures that I would like to share with you today. While the first image is humorous and makes us laugh, what does it have to do with the movie “Dangerous Minds” (below)?
Today’s lesson is about inbreeding on social networks and how it can affect your efforts as a blogger, and both of the images make a point.
I had a chance to watch the movie Dangerous Minds (there have been many mixed reviews about this show, but I guess I like hokey movies). It was situated in a classroom with the teacher adapting her ways of teaching to get through to some very hardened kids, and when I thought about it, what these kids do is the very same thing that so many of us do.
The kids in the movie were stuck in a mindset of poverty, gang mentality and drugs. Like them we go from network to network, hook up with the same people and talk about the same things, and we never get a chance to broaden our thoughts or way of doing things.
As a blogger that is a big mistake.
How many of you go to networks and follow or “friend” the same people that you know from other networks you belong to? Don’t be embarrassed, we all do it to some degree and lets face it, we feel more comfortable being with others who we already know.
The problem is we also become complacent, and that is something as a blogger we can’t afford to do!
Starting today I would like you to start thinking outside of the confines of your social network and try some of these suggestions:
1. For every person you want to friend or follow on any given network, I want you to look for at least one or two people (you don’t know) who shares at least one or two common interests. Changing the habit of being a sheeple will, over time, have a profitable result. In fact it has been shown that you are better off with a mix of old friends and newcomers.
2. Learn to diversify what you are doing when it comes to networking. For example:
- Start a LinkedIn or Facebook group and be the connector for these people.
- Networking is not only about being online (yes face to face). Talk to people (like a store clerk) about topics such as the economy. Or if your niche is about coffee, baby boomers etc., talk about these subjects and you will be surprised at the information you will get from people.
- Take an evening course about something related to your blog, or maybe try something different. The point to networking is being able to talk to people about a variety of topics, not just one.
3. Learn to think like a Social Strategist. Being a blogger does not just mean writing posts and talking to a few people on Twitter or Facebook. You have to be prepared to wear many hats and learn how to foster relationships, and how to be proactive in all that you do.
Just as Michelle Pfeiffer (as LouAnne Johnson) in the movie Dangerous minds had to be innovative in reaching her students, you also need to think outside the box and keep learning your craft and be innovative in everything that you do.
What will be your reward?
Well, unlike the movie I can’t bribe you with candies or other such things, but I can promise what you will get is a far greater reward … you will gain more readers. You will get to know more people, and generally speaking you will feel pretty good about yourself, your blog and everything else you do.
Pssst … this is for those of you who need a treat. Enjoy.
… edited by Blog Bloke.