Traveling, tourism and social media marketing – a hoot and a stumble

Where are we now, after my bout with chest pains and collapsing yesterday?

Still plugging along at this social media marketing – it does not stop. Took care of the chest problem, got some rest and back to the “JOB”. It is what you would be doing if working for someone else or yourself, right?

Don’t get me wrong – I am not pushing myself in any way, shape or form.

I got 2 shots – morphine and another pain-killer, and was zonked out for 6 hours.

Got up, ate and I was feeling better. It is necessary to get this up and going if I want to keep traveling, and I REALLY WANT TO KEEP TRAVELING!

I am up on Twitter and Facebook. Right now 336 followers on twitter. I follow over 800. Not everyone follows back -duhhhhhh.

Facebook almost kicked me off – I was friending everybody. You can do that on twitter, but not on Facebook. I got labeled as a spammer. So, got put in the penalty box for a couple of days, and now just friending 2 or 3 people a day.

So, I am growing on both sites, and that is the key – slowly grow friends and followers on these two sites.

Make comments on the blogs and Facebook pages of the people you follow. Do for them what you would want them to do for you. Win – win on all this. YOU are the leader in showing that you do what you expect others to do. YOU do it first!

Next  I am not on Hootsuite – I now know how to schedule tweets and assign times for posts to go on Facebook. Upper left hand corner for writing messages, lowers left of that to shorten URL.

Next to that, at the top, are the social sites you’re connected to – I am on Facebook and twitter – little icons show me that. Make sure I’ve checked the boxes before I can send anything.

The time for the messages release is controlled by the icon that looks like a car battery and has a number inside. That menu drops down, and that is where you set your times for the posts to go out.

Other than that, I do not need to know anything more about hootsuite. That is fine for the amount of people I am dealing with.

I do not need to know how to rebuild an engine in a car to know how to drive one – same thing with all this stuff. Get started with the basics, then expand.

What happened on twitter – I clicked on a website, and directed me to StumbleUpon, which is where the fellow does his URL from. So, he/she gets more views on SumbleUpon (a good thing) and gets people looking at his/her blog. ( a good thing).

I thought to myself, “Two good things with one move, now ain’t that slick – how did he/she do that?”

Well, first you must have an account on StubleUpon. You’ve seen all those sites with the S/U buttons?

Everyone wants a high-ranking with StumbelUpon – that’s why most have the button. And they have an account with StunbleUpon – they want to PROMOTE THEIR SITE.

Oh, I say that for me, not for you. I need it imbedded in MY MIND – PROMOTION IS THE KEY.

I have had an account with StumbleUpon – I stumble a lot – I love some of the blogs and pictures that StumbleUpon brings to my attention – but I have never seen my site!

Some things I did not know about StumbleUpon:

1) You can bring up specific sites – LIKE MY OWN SITE!

2) I can LIKE MY OWN SITE – well, shut my mouth and slap me across the face – in 6 months of belonging to StumbelUpon, I did not know that.

Well, NOW that I KNOW that, I liked my site – even left a humble review. check it out here –

Now, where do you think I direct people when posting on Facebook or twitter – Ummmmm – got it yet? Stumbleupon – it is in MY favorites, and the URL connected within my profile of likes, followers, etc.

The way you do that is:

1) Go to your profile page

2) Below the Stumble bar you see ALL and then Review next to that

3) Hit review

4) Type in your URL address

5) Write a review of your blog

6) Save it under blog ( Maybe sticky is better, I do not know now)

The next thing I wanted was a little more variety in ads on my site. Now, I have not got this down pat yet, so I am working on this on a “practice” blog I have – still using wordpress. This website is (pronounced nauseous ).

If you look at the ads that appear on this site – I have google adsense and amazon kindle ads. All from one widget.

Enough for the day. The widget that’s used in follow and share – how that is EXACTLY set up, I am not sure. So, I will not even go there – I just know that I can use the links from StumbleUpon to connect to my sites.

I’ll delve into that a bit further, when I understand more.

I’ll call it a day – yesterday was rough, and I am feeling a bit out of whack.

Hope this has helped someone.

Cheers for now!





About John Wilson

Traveler, writer and photographer. No home now, just traveling the world in search of the lost chord.
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10 Responses to Traveling, tourism and social media marketing – a hoot and a stumble

  1. Thanks for sharing this information. It was so informative, as I had never heard of hootsuite.

  2. John Wilson says:

    Hello Tonya Keitt Kalule,
    Thank you for the comment!
    You are quite welcome of the sharing, that is why I do it.
    Like you, I do not know it all.
    Please do not be a stranger, and stop by again!
    Life is a journey, made more pleasurable with friends.
    John D. Wilson

  3. Glad you’re feeling better. Your description of starting to use Twitter, Facebook, and StumbleUpon sounds very similar to my own :-)

  4. John Wilson says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    Thanks, that was a scary day – chest pains at my age……
    Thank you for leaving the comment.
    I hope you continue to look in now and then!.
    Life is a journey, whose pleasure is enhanced by friends!
    John D. Wilson

  5. I found all this social media very confusing at first. I still don’t have enough time to do facebook properly but I am trying. Stumble Upon is lacking too! Just not enough time in the day.

    I will look at your Stumble Upon suggestions closer, maybe it will make more sense then: )

  6. John Wilson says:

    Hi Debbie,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! That is great that you found time in your day to do that!
    The social media thing is daunting, no doubt.
    It takes practice and time to get the hang of what works for you.
    It is one of the ways to launch to the world what you are trying to convey.
    Take it one step at a time, don’t beat yourself up over mistakes, and have fun – that is the key.
    There is no “Flunking out”. Just keep working at it until you are happy with your results.
    Do not be a stranger!
    Life is a journey, which is enjoyed more with friends.
    John D. Wilson

  7. eva hamori says:

    We have 45 days to figure it all out, then we are on the road again. Just can’t wait to be on the road again. Sorry couldn’t help myself ;)
    I am doing the twitter thing, meeting lots of people, but the traffic really comes off of Facebook, are you finding this to be true also?
    I will try stumbleupon today
    Thank you

  8. John Wilson says:

    Hi Eva,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.
    I use the line to – can’t wait to get on the road again – I like Wilie’s song!
    I find that a lot of my traffic comes from travel blog exchange, and I am like you – just starting to understand all this.
    Let me know how stubleupon works for you.
    Don’t be a stranger, come on back!
    Life is a journey, whose joy is enhanced while traveling with friends.
    John D. Wilson
    AKA – The Big Mozey

  9. Senaf says:

    Phew!!..I know have a sigh of relief!..I saw you mention about the social thingie and I am there like everyone else. Atleast I am not the only one who is having difficulties keeping up. It is very daunting. So many social areas to go in and you have to keep up with the blogs in order to hit traffic. I even have difficulties keeping up with my blogs. With all this to do to keep up, we are sitting at our computer for hours!!. I love Twitter..instantly up..I wish they were all that easy. Even though this can be consuming, I do enjoy it which is why you and other bloggers enjoy what you do.

  10. John Wilson says:

    Hi Senaf!
    Are you using Hootsuite to follow the social media? It does cut down the complication a big.
    Thanks for leaving a comment, as they are truly appreciated.
    I find this stuff very daunting, but taking it one step at a time.
    Have you tried the stumbleupon idea?
    John D. Wilson
    aka – The Big Mozey

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