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.
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!
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)