Do you remember the feelings you experienced when you first engaged in the social media mania of blogging (or Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) ?... well, perhaps mania is a bit extreme…but, not by much…
ma·ni·a (mā'nē-ə, mān'yə)
1. An excessively intense enthusiasm, interest, or desire; a craze: a mania for neatness.
2. Psychiatry A manifestation of bipolar disorder, characterized by profuse and rapidly changing ideas, exaggerated sexuality (well… I don’t know this to be true, and I won’t hold my breath), gaiety, or irritability, and decreased sleep.
3. Violent abnormal behavior. See Synonyms at insanity.
For me, not only was it an exciting new endeavor, but it also generated a mixture of thoughts and feelings ranging from “what the heck am I doing entering into the Twilight Zone” to “ok… this will be a piece of cake”… neither of which are based in reality. As we all know, it takes a great deal of time, self control and endurance to: first of all… figure out how to set up a blog, Facebook, or twitter account… and then secondly, to stay the course. Some bloggers have far more time and endurance than others…and their rewards are indicated in numbers.
What is my point?...
cordially invites you
to a special presentation of
I have been invited by Kravet to be part of a panel discussion on Social Media networking. They are traveling across the country to various showrooms and are engaging local designers that are involved in social media networking to discuss the effects and benefits in relation to their interior design businesses. It is intended to help other designers who are still “living on the other side” to get a clearer understanding of the process for making the transition.
My first thoughts were “this is something that I won’t even need to prepare for”… but, then I began to think back on all those initial thoughts and fears of when I first began blogging… and all the questions that I didn’t even know to ask. If only I had had a media mentor to hold my hand through the process.
What I would appreciate from all of you other bloggers that would like to offer some advice… is to think of one thing that, as a newbie, you would have loved for someone to tell you that would have made your startup into the unknown less difficult or fearful.
Additionally, if your social media networking is part of your business marketing… I would love for you to include what you have experienced in the way of benefits or any issues that you would recommend avoiding.
Thanks to all of you that care to comment. I know that the unconditional support from being a part of the blogging community is one of the greatest benefits of all!!!!
By the way...
When you get a chance, check out the blog "Stines Blogg... Vintage Chic"
by a young Norweigen student studying for a bachelor's degree in journalism with art and design as a specialty. There is translator on her site... but her photos speak for themselves.