|Don't close the door on new social media sites.|
For today's task, join one new social media site. I will leave it up to you to decide which new social media site it will be. Maybe Pinterest (the surging dynamo) or possibly Goodreads (popular with writers who love to read--aka, the best kind) or even RedRoom (another popular site for authors).
If you're already signed up on all three of those sites, then heck, I'll give you a free pass today--unless there's a new site you've been meaning to check out (and there probably is if you're already a member of so many social media sites). It's my gift to you for being so proactively experimental.
Click here to check out my Ultimate Guide to Social Media.
To everyone who doesn't want another site to join...
I understand your frustration and exhaustion. During a normal month, I'd never suggest someone sign up for so many social media sites in such a short period of time, but this isn't a normal month. We're in the midst of a challenge!
And no, I don't expect you to spend a lot of time on every social media site you join. That's not always the point when you first sign up. No, you sign up to poke around and see if the site interests you at all. See if you have any natural connections. Try mingling a little bit.
If the site doesn't appeal to you, feel free to let it be for a while. Let me share a story with you.
How I Came to Rock Facebook and Twitter
My Facebook and Twitter accounts both boast more than 5,000 followers (or friends/subscribers) today. But both accounts were originally created and abandoned, because they just weren't right for me at the time that I signed up.
For Facebook, I just didn't understand why I would abandon a perfectly good MySpace account to play around on a site that didn't feature the same level of music and personal blogging that MySpace did. But then, MySpace turned into Spam-opolis, and the rest is history.
For Twitter, I just didn't get the whole Tweet concept, because Facebook already had status updates. Why Tweet when I could update my status on Facebook?
But I've gained a lot professionally and personally from Facebook and Twitter--even though they weren't the right sites for me initially. In fact, Google+ is sort of in that area for me right now. I don't use it near enough, but I started an account, because it just feels like a place that will explode sooner or later. It's not like Facebook is going to be around forever.
Click here to check out the Tangible Power of Social Media.
The Importance of Experimentation
Or as I prefer to think of it: The importance of play. You should constantly try new things, whether in your writing, your social media networks, or the places you eat food. Not only does it make life more exciting and provide you with new experiences and perspective, but it also helps make you a more well-rounded human being.
So don't complain about joining a new social media site. Instead, embrace the excuse to try something new, especially when there are only three more tasks left this month (and I promise no more new sites after today).
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Learn About Platform, the Back Door Way.
This live webinar is set for May 24 (2012) and will be taught by one of my favorite presenters: C. Hope Clark! If you've never attended a presentation by Hope, you'll be amazed by the overwhelming wave of information with which she'll flood you. She's amazing. Plus, all registrants will receive a personalized critique on their personal projects, which is an amazing deal in and of itself.
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Need to catch up or re-visit earlier challenge tasks? Here are the most recent: