Three Words for 2015

Happy New Year #2015

Let’s have some fun this new year with a very shareable social media idea. Why not play the three word game with us and tell us your words for 2015 as suggested by my social media hero, Chris Brogan. You can blog them, tweet them, post them or just add them in the comments here. Here are my three words for 2015:

WorkHappiness

And . . .

Friendship

Your turn! Please play!

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Are you blogging for the sake of blogging or a burning desire to write?

I recently got into a little discussion with Chris Brogan on his post about his idea to sell ideas for blogging. It seems odd to me that there are people who want to write a blog but have no topic and will pay someone to give them an idea.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love Chris Brogan – I subscribe to his e-newsletter, read his blog, follow him on Twitter and I highlighted him in a previous post here on Social Kitty. I also hope he makes a ton of money from people who can’t think up a topic for themselves.  But I can’t resist a good debate so here is what appeared in the comments section under his post Blog Topics Rides Again on July 16, 2012:

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sgregory57 • 2 days ago

Just MHO: if you have to ask someone else “what should I blog about” then you shouldn’t be blogging.

Chris Brogan MOD • 2 days ago • parent

Some folks feel that way. In 2011, 624 people felt differently.

sgregory57 • a day ago • parent

Hope my comment is not considered an affront. I am interested in human behaviour and wonder what motivates those 624 people. They are the ones that want to blog but have no topic, yes? Doesn’t that seem odd to you?

Chris Brogan MOD • 15 hours ago • parent

Athletes have a coach.
Chefs look for recipes.
Masters students go for PhD.

There are lots of cases where people look for inspiration externally to spark internally.

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After his last comment, I was going to reply again.  But I thought if I keep on debating this on his blog, people might mistakenly think I just want an argument and enjoy being belligerent.  (Opinionated, who me?)  Really, I just like to analyze human beings to bits and pieces so I apologize to anyone who thinks I have gone too far. So here is my next comment, but I will not post it on Chris’ site since it has turned into a post of its own:

Yes of course you are right Chris, we all need inspiration. But an athlete, a chef and a Masters or Ph.D. student would clearly all have a topic in the first place, even if a little inspiration was needed.

Asking someone what to write about (and actually paying them for ideas)? Well I don’t know but to me that just seems backwards.  IMHO a writer has a burning desire to record their thoughts, ideas or stories.  It could be typed or written in a personal file or journal or diary.  I think you do it for yourself first.  A blog just takes it that step further into sharing with the world if desired.

I think that writing comes from somewhere inside.  To me it is about an uncontrollable urge to discuss, debate, record, offer or analyze something you are passionate about. It comes from a desire to share something which is maybe entertaining, informative, educational or helpful to others. It may be a desire to share your history or simple stories of the past. It may simply be about how cute your cat or dog is. I think it comes from a natural tendency to explore and discover the world, relationships, nature, the cosmos, business, how things are made, human behaviour, cute things that kids say . . . whatever.  The list could go on forever. It really doesn’t matter what the topic is. And there are people who want to blog but have no topic? I think they should look at their life experience and draw from it. And if they have very limited life experience, not to worry – it will come.  Maybe they should just blog later in life.

If you let them, your ideas will spring forth and will not be controlled – they will have a life of their own and your blog is just the instrument that puts it out there for the rest of the world. If others find it valuable, then that is the icing on the cake. But then icing a cake would be a topic for the chef mentioned above!

Four Fellows I Follow

One of the best things I’ve done for myself since trying to become educated about Social Media Marketing is to follow the big names.  My attention has been drawn to many of the current gurus by browsing at the marketing section in Chapters and of course plain old web-browsing.  I’m highlighting four fellas in particular today because they have given me so much to think about while reading.  You may already know them but in case you don’t, here they are in no particular order:

1.  @chrisbrogan @broganmedia

   He’s probably the biggest Social Media Marketing rock star out there right now but I never heard of him six months ago so he’s a big deal to me.  He co-authored the book “Trust Agents” which is well worth the read.  I like Chris because he writes in a personal style and just seems like a super nice guy. That’s it!  Read his blog or pick up one of his books – you just can’t help but like this guy. He responds to tweets, returns comments and makes digital media marketing seem like a party that you just can’t wait to be invited to.  He hangs with Mitch Joel.  It looks like Chris’ blog post inspired Mitch’s post on how he blogs.    

2.  @Mitch Joel

  Mitch’s post Watching Me Blog is a current meme in which he invited other notable bloggers to describe how they do it including Jason Falls (my next main man listed below).  Mitch is a bit like Chris Brogan – very likeable.  His blog tends to have a lot of references so if you are doing research it can point you to many different places you may want to investigate.  So far I’ve read only select passages from his book “Six Pixels of Separation” but what I did read gave me great ideas and plans for future activity in the digital world.  I just started following him on Twitter.

3.  @Jason Falls

   Author of “No Shit Social Media“.  I really like Jason and follow him on Twitter too.  I liked him immediately while  watching a video posted in my Algonquin College Social Media course where he  interviewed Katie Paine and exposed the honest reality of Social Media’s ROI.  The conversation felt so authentic that it was like I was sitting right beside them and wished I could chime in and ask questions.  Now we can ask Jason questions:  recently I have found Jason’s online service Exploring Social Media created to answer your questions about the use of social media.  This is a paid service so I won’t be subscribing any time soon. I wish Jason would give us a trial period.  I imagine it to be a terrific service and would like to see it reviewed by my social media friends (yes that’s YOU – please  comment).  Jason was also infected with the Watching Me Blog Bug here  in his blog Social Media Explorer.  Oh yes, and I also like Jason’s cute accent!

4.  Pete Cashmore – @mashable

    Mashable is an absolute must read for anyone who wants to stay on top of current trends in social networks, digital media and technology.  I follow the founder of Mashable, Pete Cashmore, on Twitter but he doesn’t really tweet everything since there is a constant stream.  There is a staff at Mashable that does it for him, but the tweets consistently provide links to excellent content.  I have found so many popular sites and blogs this way that I am overwhelmed by the firehose nature of the feed.  I cannot take just a sip from this hose – it drowns me.  And I can’t turn the hose off because I don’t want to miss anything! Anyone know how to drownproof?

Does anyone else follow any of these four?  What do you like about them?  I have more digital media professionals I would like to highlight but please let me know if you want me to add someone to my list!