Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015 – Be Inspired! That’s what I wrote about when I returned from my experience 3 months ago. It was a theme throughout the conference that really stayed with me once the weekend was over. I have always looked at every experience as a lesson. My weekend in May was full of many lessons – lessons about myself, What I Learned About MYSELF at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015, about the blogging world, about social media and more!
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When the weekend was over I was determined to focus on what I had learned from the experience, from other bloggers and from the many wonderful speakers at the conference. I was still absorbing much of what I heard and saw but set some goals and timelines for myself. I decided to give myself 3 months to tackle 2 goals. At the end of the first 3 months I would set 2 new goals and slowly work my way through the list of things I was inspired to take on. 3 months sounds like a long time but believe me when life gets in the way, and you have set a timeline you are determined to stick to – 3 months flies by in a second! Knowing myself I knew that I could only focus on one or two things at a time.
My first 2 goals were simple: Tackle Twitter and master one of the APPS discussed in one of the sessions – Magistro. (I wrote about my love/hate relationship with Twitter right after the conference – What I learned About MYSELF at Disney Social Media Moms Celebration 2015.)
Twitter was up first! When you no longer have a quick wit, a quick thought, a quick way of doing things, Twitter can be a challenge. I have to process and think before I move forward, before I engage, before I type. I had a decent but small Twitter following and wasn’t in the habit of engaging on Twitter so I made a point of spending 20 minutes each morning engaging on Twitter. Then I added some time mid-afternoon. Then I added some time early evening. It was a chore. It was a chore that I wasn’t sure I could continue but I was inspired and determined! Now, 3 months later Twitter is much more natural for me and I no longer have set times to engage. I have more than doubled my followers and find myself engaging more naturally. I am, for the first time, enjoying Twitter!
Magistro – while I sat through this session at DisneySMMC, I loved what this APP could do but for some reason felt like it would be difficult to master. I was wrong! I love Magistro! I love the fact that it’s usable on your phone, on your laptop, on your desktop, on your iPad. I love the fact that it’s easy to use and makes it easy to walk yourself through the steps of turning your own photos and videos into movies – with music! Within a day or two I found myself comfortable enough with this APP to know it will be a huge part of many of my processes. Since I’m not very good with video (yet!) it’s a simple and easy way to include a movie stream of photos and short video clips in lots of areas and I’m ready to use it regularly.
Now that I’ve accomplished my goals for the first 3 months and they have become a natural habit, I’m moving on to the next 2 on my list: Video/YouTube/Periscope and Pinterest.
I have never really looked as Pinterest as anything other than a place to “pin” some photos. At the conference I listened to Eva Smith from Pinterest Marketing. At the conference I learned there is so much more to Pinterest if I used it correctly. Then out of the blue (and just recently) my partner, Moms Panel Tania and I realized that a post written over a year ago was still getting traffic, and that traffic is coming from Pinterest. I know after listening to Eva Smith at the conference that I wasn’t using Pinterest to my advantage – I plan to change that over the next 3 months!
This may not be easy for me. Video remains one of the areas that is so far out of my comfort zone it is almost non-existent! I think that Periscope will be the easiest part of this trio for me (if I can hold a steady hand!), since it’s more of a short “hey, look at this!” sort of thing that doesn’t really require me! I am hoping to find a happy middle ground with YouTube.
I will have to dig deep into the inspiration and determination I came away with to master this area but I am still – 3 months later – DETERMINED and INSPIRED!