Edie Melson: Top 10 Ways to Make Yourself Miserable with Social Media

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

(Originally published on The Write Conversation. Reprinted/updated here with permission.)

Everywhere we turn we’re hit with the message of how great social media is. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media. But I didn’t start out loving it. I began my relationship with this new paradigm by hating it.

I don’t have a background in computers or marketing or anything that might make social media look interesting. Add to that fact that I’m a natural introvert, and you have a recipe for a disaster. Truthfully, that was how my relationship with social media began—as … read the rest. . .

Sweeten my tea and share:

The Difference Between Media and Marketing

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

I’m often asked what is the difference between media and marketing?

Now, that’s a pretty loaded question and I can definitely go on, and on, and on . . . but the bottom line answer for me is, media is networking and marketing is sales.

Not everything is marketing, but if you are a creative professional, your quest should be to share what you have to offer in a way that doesn’t scream, “Buy my product! Buy my product! Buy my product!”

Are you on Facebook or Twitter? How about Instagram? Did you see that … read the rest. . .

Sweeten my tea and share:

Serving up Social Media

by Molly Jo Realy @RealMojo68

I’m often asked which media platform I prefer, and why. My answer is simple: “All of the above. Because.”

Choosing one venue is like eating only white rice for the rest of your life. Not a mix. Not sometimes long grain and sometimes wild. Just. white. It’s bland. And sure, you can fix it up with some butter and Southern seasonings, but it’s still always going to be just white rice.

Your audience’s social media appetite is the same. You can’t serve them the same fodder and expect them to appreciate it every … read the rest. . .

Sweeten my tea and share:

Social Media for the Anti-Social: If You Build It, They Will Come

Saturday, I had the opportunity to present “Growing Your Social Media Swarm” to the Writers of Kern, a branch of the California Writers Club. I was excited to learn the audience also had non-writers interested in learning better building techniques.

One of the first slides in my presentation is one you’ve seen for years on this blog.

Remember back in the day when I revamped my blog, and my brother created this wonderful graphic for me? It’s years old, and it still thrills me.

It’s a reminder to take those steps toward better social media. “If you build … read the rest. . .

Sweeten my tea and share:

All I Did Was Take a Photo

Hey y’all (I said “y’all,” y’all!)!

I’m back from my second year at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference.

Was is everything I hoped it to be? Yes and no.

Yes, because there was much to learn, more to affirm, and an abundance of camaraderie.

No, because in this midst of all that, there were some treasured folk that were deeply missed.

I’ll tell y’all about it later (I said “y’all” again!), but this post is about what I learned about social media. In particular, it’s about one post that taught me about social media.

You see, there’s … read the rest. . .

Sweeten my tea and share: