Traveling and amazed at what I do not know – Tamarindo, Costa Rica

I am in Costa Rica, holed up in an apartment I am renting for a month. Literally, I go out for food and groceries, and come back to the internet.

Kind of like Paul McCartney’s “Baby, I’m Amazed “- I’m a man in the middle of something, I really don’t understand!

In my last post, I shared how I am trying to overcome my stupidity of this social networking stuff. Being introduced to tweets, travel exchanges, Facebook, StumbleUpon is boggling my mind.

This has been going on for about a week now. After my niece gave me instructions on things I should do, areas of the internet are opening up that seem to help with traffic to my blog, examiner.com and hubpages.com.

This is a video of Heather Dornidens 600m Race, in which she falls down, gets up and wins the race!

Jolly for her and her determination!

This is exactly how I feel when I am surfing around and learning new things – I have fallen years ago, and have lots to do. Not complaining , mind you, just sharing what I am doing.

The reason for this sharing?

On twitter, Facebook, et. el. , I see people who are my age and are probably going through the same things that I am.

By sharing my feelings and what I am doing to overcome my “fall”, maybe this will help out someone else. An honorable goal, me thinks.

Anywho, I digress. Let’s get back to the doing.

I am now tweeting on twitter and posting on Facebook.

I have joined Travel Blog Exchange . Within that site, there are “groups” that you can join. I have joined Senior Travel (I think, unless it gets a lot more active I will leave this group – it only has 7 members!), Business Travel Blogging, Tourism Industry Blogging, Social Media Connect, Newbie Travel Blogger, Facebook, Photobloggers, Twitter-lovers (and-users).

I have also joined The Art of Travel Blogging – whoops, looked at that again, and it is a pay site, which I have NOT Joined! I watched their introductory video, which is here. Interesting site, which I will have to look at in the future!

Gosh darn, tough to keep on track with this!

Since joining Travel Blog Exchange, I’ve received 7 comments on my blog. This seems small. Except my brother is the only one leaving comments for the last 3 months, so this is GREAT!

With the connection to Travel Blog Exchange and the groups, this increases my mail. Along with Facebook and Twitter, it is inundating.

Hootsuite supposedly  helps one manage all this information that comes at you like a waterfall, when all you really want is a little stream.

I’m sure there are other sites which help you manage all this information. This is my choice, not saying you have to use this.

Summing up my actions:

1) Started tweeting more on Twitter.

2) I started hitting the “follow” button to follow more people on Twitter ( Specifically, people who tweet about travel, in some form)

a) I am a dummy at this stuff. So, I needed this explained to me:

1) There is a box in the center, top area of twitter. That is a search engine. Type in travel, blogs, or whatever and it will bring up tweets that relate to that subject

2) When you follow people, sometimes they send you messages. UNLESS THEY ARE FOLLOWING YOU BACK, you cannot reply.

It is weird , that a business would not follow a customer.

Yet the businesses/people expect the customer to jump for joy about receiving automated tweets about the businesses/people’s products and services.

These are my feelings about automated tweets. If I am going to do business with anyone these days, it’s a two-way street – I follow business, business follows me. If the business does not want to do that, then I do not want to buy their products.

3) Started posting more on Facebook. (From what I have read, this is the way to go. Having a fan page or business page is good, but people on Facebook read page posts)

4) Joined Travel Blog Exchange and groups within that site.

5) Putting my “toe in the water” about  Hootsuite – next thing to get an understanding of so I can handle this influx of information.

These are exciting times. There possibly is a map that one should follow when doing this internet stuff.

I hope it isn’t like my driving in Central America. I have gotten lost by taking wrong turns  in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

Lets hope the map for learning this social media marketing is a bit easier to follow!

Cheers for now!

( An aside here – my brother would get on my case about spelling and grammar.

I was with godaddy.com, and had wordpress there, too. Unfortunately, their customer service was GOD AWFUL!

My ABC grammar and spelling check did not work worth a hoot while I was with godaddy, since their service was GOD AWFUL, I could not figure out how to correct that.

I have since switched to BlueHost.com and alleviated most of my grammatical errors and misspells.

If you are with godaddy.com I would STRONGLY suggest moving to another hosting site. Even though that change is frustrating ( It took me about 7 days to get the transfer correct) it is well worth a switch to a good hosting company)

 

About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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16 Responses to Traveling and amazed at what I do not know – Tamarindo, Costa Rica

  1. Diane Emery says:

    You should also check out TBEX, a great resource for any social media newbie:)
    http://www.travelblogexchange.com/

  2. John Wilson says:

    Diane,
    Thanks for the suggestion.
    If you would have read the post, it is the first thing I signed up with after Facebook and twitter.
    Thanks for stopping by.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  3. I think it’s great that you’re learning all this new technology. Only ten months ago all I had was a Facebook page. Since then I’ve learned how to blog and joined all those social networking sites you mentioned. It is exhausting, but rewarding! Good luck :)

  4. Hang in there social media is tough! I agree on godaddy we are currently with them because we still have a contract with them. We just make the best of it. I guess that is all you can do. So what’s with being all hold up indoors starting at the computer? Is that what office jobs are for? Get out there! How are the waves there? I loved Costa Rican waves so much like island waves :)

  5. senafp says:

    Thanks John for the help to all of us in your blog. The internet can get very confusing with all these new sites that give you everything you ever wanted and they tell you that we need it. It seems that you are getting around pretty these sites pretty good. It won’t be long before you become a pro at it.

  6. John Wilson says:

    Well, hey Scott,
    Thanks for the encouragement.
    Just knuckling down to get some of this stuff – it’s what works for me.
    I’ve traveled for 10 months, no big hurry to see things – I like slow and easy. I am probably a bit older then you!
    So far, Costa Rica is good, have no complaints other then the fact than food is much higher then north of here.
    Signed up for your blog, look forward to receiving some of your posts!
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  7. John Wilson says:

    Hey Micahel,
    Thanks for the encouragement, it means a lot to a newbie like me.
    Glad to hear I am not the only one who finds this stuff daunting.
    I’ll follow you on twitter and Facebook, see if I can pick your brain for ideas and know how!
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  8. John Wilson says:

    Hi Senaf,
    Thanks for your compliment, and thanks for posting a comment!
    Life is confusing, the internet is a madhouse! LOL
    I hope you keep following and offer suggestions.
    I need all the help I can get!
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  9. Laurel says:

    It’s amazing at how much there is to learn and how time consuming it is. When I first started I spread out my social networking sites across too many sites and saw minimal results in return. Now I focus on just a few, but more intensely and have gotten much better results. Glad to hear you’re enjoying TBEX.

  10. John Wilson says:

    Hi Laurel,
    Thanks much for leaving a comment.
    I am glad I am not the only one that gets the fact that there is a lot to learn.
    Baby steps I take, or I get overwhelmed by this stuff.
    A few that work, and work the few is the best road to take, me thinks.
    Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you again visiting and leaving comments on my blog.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  11. Ha! I’m glad I’m not the only newbie. I just started getting into using social media about 6 weeks ago! I needed someone to show me how to do it, but I still sometimes find it a bit overwhelming. Practice, practice, practice I guess :-)

  12. John Wilson says:

    Welcome Stephanie,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
    Just like you , I have some one instructing me too. My niece is telling me the do’s and don’t’s.
    Persistance, persistance overcomes resistance!
    Hope you drop by again.
    Cheers and safe travels,
    John D. Wilson

  13. John, all of this can be overwhelming at times but it’s amazing how powerful social media is. Like you, I actually started with Examiner but it’s been an amazing, progressive ride ever since!

  14. John Wilson says:

    Howdy Jeremy,
    Thanks for the comment.
    I’ve been following your site for a short while – good job man!
    I get words of encouragement from your comment, and I appreciate it!.
    Hope to keep in touch on the mozey down the road!
    Mosey was already take for a blog:(
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

  15. Lots of good info, John!
    We’re all on a (sometimes steep) learning curve. But isn’t it fun?
    Marcia

  16. John Wilson says:

    Hi Marcia,
    I’m 59 and think I’m tapping out the grey matter with this learning stuff!
    Fun, frustrating, I’m in awe, amazed – those words are appropriate for trying to figure this stuff out!
    You are right when you say “fun”, all depends on the viewpoint.
    Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave a comment. I value comments like your a lot.
    Cheers,
    John D. Wilson

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