Why Aren't You Following Me ?
Well ? Why aren't you following me ? Instructions for how to decipher that 'not so cryptic' title are as follows. It's not meant to be taken in an accusatory tone. In fact, I am saying it as if you're saying it. The expression is one of a quizzical nature. Like, if you were a puppy, waiting outside the back door, saying 'Why won't you let me in ?'
I just needed to see if I could get your attention, if I have, then great, if not, I will try to do better. Let's face it, that's a motto to live by in itself. "I will try to do better" not too dissimilar to most of my school reports 'Could do better'. Although, there were a few more of the 'Easily distracted' and 'Is a disruptive influence' kind. No matter, I'm here now for my real education.
Unlike recent posts, I will try my utmost to conduct myself in a more serious manner. Hmm, not sure how that's going to pan out, we'll see.
For those of you who may not know yet, there is a facility within our profile called 'Follow Me On'. It's a place where we can add our own links to other platforms we may be on. If we're brave enough, we can also add our own websites. It took me a while to pluck up the courage to do that, so I understand your reluctance. If you are worried then I can assure you, you needn't be. I love visiting other members sites, that's one of the reasons I enjoy using the 'Site Comments'. We all have so much to learn from each other.
If you go to your profile page, you will find it on the right hand side. You can add seven websites and three slots are for the biggies, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter but feel free to add Pinterest, LinkedIn and the like. Just click on the 'cog' and the options will appear. Here's a snippet of mine.
So, now you know. This leads me onto the main reason for the post. I did write a similar post a few months back but I think it's worth mentioning it again, not just for all the new members, also for those of us that just forget the huge resource that is available to us and it's free.
As Alex alluded to in his recent post, in regard to 'The Buying Power of Wealthy Affiliate' with over 2 million members, that in turn has possible connection of upwards of 10 million.
We don't seem to be able to take advantage of this. I'm sure some do but the majority don't. We are already all connected here. We share our profiles, our posts and our thoughts. We do all of this in the hope that we are able to help each other on our journey to creating a brighter future.
I have another post, waiting in the wings, where I refer to myself prior to joining as being somewhat of a 'Social media wall flower' Tis' true, I was. Happy to sit out the next dance and the next and the next. Never wanting to become embroiled in all that malarkey. I know that some of you will 'bristle' at the mention of Facebook and I used to. Many will say that you 'Don't get' Pinterest or that you 'Can't see the point' of Twitter. I get all of that, you're singing to the choir. All of that changed when I realised the potential.
I had to throw away my prejudices (Or at least put them to one side) in relation to how I viewed them. Why ? well, because I saw the opportunity. Apart from the fact that they're free, I'll say it again, free, it's a chance for us to promote, to gain exposure.
I don't use all of these platforms as much as I could but it is on my rather fluid 'To do' list. One of the greatest joys is when I come across another member's post and I'm able to share it. To see a 'tweet' and be able to 'Retweet it' To look through another members board and save some of their 'Pins' to one of my own boards.
Every time we do that, the message gets passed along to someone new. By some indirect means it may even end up with your next referral. It truly is the 'Ripple effect' How far does this reach ? and it's not costing any of us a penny. At most, it's a few minutes of our time.
We see the same question coming up again and again, 'When am I going to see some traffic ?' I can guarantee you'll have the chance of seeing some if you get yourself out there and start connecting. What do our social media plugins quite often say ? 'Sharing is caring'.
Uncannily, only this morning, I had an invitation to join a group that has been set up for those of us that might like some help and tips for blogging. Who doesn't need that ? I left a message expressing my thanks for being invited and within a couple of minutes I had a friend request through from another member. Who knows where this might lead to, for either of us.
Helping and paying it forward are our strengths, whether we are following each other here, liking and leaving comments, sharing each others posts via links in our own offerings, or getting out there in the 'Big Scary' and connecting through Social Media.
We all have a lot to offer each other, let's not shy away from the opportunity to do just that.
Just another manic Monday (That sounds familiar. Ah yes, The Bangles.)