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Sunday, 2 January 2011

Doing It Once A Day.

Happy New Year.

I was reading a personal blog post by Rich Samuels, one of the contributors to this blog, this morning.

In his post, Rich was saying how, in 2011, he intended to try and post one piece of social media every day. By this he meant either a YouTube video, a blog post, or an AudioBoo.

This was very timely, because i had noticed the other day that that is precisely what i've been tending to do recently myself. This has not been a conscious decision on my part, more a reflection on how often i tend to post onto the social media sites mentioned above.

In my comment on Rich's blog, i mentioned that i haven't even included sites such as Twitter and Facebook in my calculations. Yes, Twitter and Facebook are both social media sites, but they certainly don't require the sort of commitment that posting onto, say, YouTube does. So, i will continue to leave those sites out of the equation, at least for now.

Yesterday also marked a kind of personal social media milestone for me. Which was rather appropriate seeing as it was New Years Day. For yesterday i posted my 300th post onto my personal blog, Moose Musings.

Now don't go getting excited and start thinking that they have all been written blog posts, because they haven't. That is certainly how i used Blogger when i started out, but Moose Musings soon became a collection point for all my social media output. Hence the 300 posts.

I used to post everything onto Posterous as well, but have stopped doing that over time. This is mainly because it is so easy to get bogged down with all the sites we tend to use. Duplicating pieces of social media across several different sites can be very time consuming and you often find that it's the same people subscribed, or following you on all of them anyway.

I also link my posts to both Twitter and Facebook anyway. So, Posterous just became a site too far for me. This is, after all, supposed to be fun.

And, because of that, i will not be commiting myself to daily social media posts. Partly because i tend not to make New Year resolutions anyway, but also because i don't wish to put any kind of pressure onto myself.
I have fun and enjoy what i do in the world of social media and i fully intend for that fun to continue.
I have found myself, in the past, feeling that i really ought to post a new YouTube video, or write a new blog post. But, thankfully, i've managed not to let those thoughts get to me. After all, quality is far more important than quantity.

I have no doubt that my social media output will remain the same during 2011 and who knows, it might even increase. But, it will be done at my own pace and i will be fully in control of it.

I wish Rich well in his aim to post once a day and i have no doubt that he is quite capable of producing worthwhile content, every day. I'll certainly be watching, reading and listening on a daily basis.

But, maybe, like so many New Year resolutions, this one will be broken?
And if it is, isn't that what rules and resolutions are there for in the first place. To be broken?

Go on, be a rebel and post when you want. You know it makes sense.

4 comments:

  1. I've certainly gone through periods of daily posting (to one or another blog, video, or other), but I've never been able to keep it up for a great length of time.

    I also know that it's unrealistic of me to expect my output over the next few months to be very great. I'll be happy to just consume a small amount of social media each day for the first quarter of 2011.

    Best of luck to you and Rich on your resolutions. Is there a prize for whomever posts the most? ;^)

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  2. Ken: My output this year is partly down to a re-discovery of AudioBoo. That is so quick and easy.
    Sounds like you're going to be busy, but that's good right?
    Any prize should only be for the most interesting content and certainly not for the quantity of posts :)

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  3. Hmmm - well, it's really the challenge of it all, more than anything - note that I didn't really call it a resolution per se. I certainly don't want to create inane content just to meet a quota...I've seen wayyy too much of that.

    I'm still fascinated with the idea of experimenting cross-platform between all of these sites - storytelling that ties together audio podcasts, textual content, and video - but I still haven't gotten my head around it as yet...and the only way I can begin to approach that concept is to create consistent content.

    But don't worry - if I miss days, I won't lose sleep over it!

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  4. Rich: I'm certainly not knocking your ambitions Rich & wish you well. I like the flexibility that the different sites bring myself. The combination of video, text & audio is great & certainly teaches us new skills.

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