If you’ve been following my blog the entire five minutes I’ve had it up and running, then you know I’m list maker and a risk taker. Well, the first one anyway.
I have list for everything: cleaning, writing, marketing, grocery shopping, etc. I file those lists (except the grocery one) in a tickler file. Everything comes up for rotation on the perfect day and time.
Unfortunately, I can’t put my entire life on a tickler rotation!
So life gets in the way, and I don’t end up getting everything on my daily list, or my weekly list, or my Monday list, or my Friday list, or my monthly list, or my quarterly list..
Wait. Where was I? What year is this?
You get the idea.
Yesterday, I failed to post the blog that was on my marketing list, and I didn’t clean the bedrooms that were on my cleaning list, and I’m still in shock that Earth didn’t tilt further on it’s axis.
Instead, I got a phone call from a close friend encouraging me to finally go ahead and register for graduate school. It’s something that I’ve wanted and talked about for years, but I’ve been too scared, busy, broke, whatever. So we set a date, and she’s agreed to hold my hand through the process.
So I looked over the half-finished graduate program essay I started years ago…
And I didn’t post a blog.
And I didn’t vacuum the bedrooms.
And I’m okay with that.
I once attended a social media workshop and the presenter said she once lost over a thousand Twitter followers because she was in the hospital for three days and couldn’t post. I don’t know about you, but any followers who would drop you just because you were ill and couldn’t post aren’t the kind I’m looking for.
I can’t and won’t post every day.
I can’t and won’t post on a regular schedule.
I can’t and won’t ever be social media guru.
I can’t and won’t ever choose marketing over my valuable writing time.
I can’t and won’t give a second thought to leaving the carpet an extra day.
But I will skip all of the above to answer my friend’s call and spend an hour talking about my personal dreams and goals.
I will post here or there. I may make a video from time to time. I’ll drop into the social media world at random.
Because that’s how real life is. That’s how a #writerslife is. It’s here and there. It’s time to time. It’s random.
Do your best and breathe.
Yesterday, I mentioned using a social media marketing notebook as I’m learning the ropes. My brain isn’t trained to know what to post where at what time.
Here’s a little tour of resources gathered from my BFF, Pinterest.
On the inside flap, I’ve attached 3 different charts. The one on top explains what kind of material to post on each of the five main platforms: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+. I don’t use LinkedIn or Google+. The other two calendars breakdown what content should be posted by day of the week and the best times of day for each.
The inside pages are setup by month, and they have nifty pockets for holding photo and social media challenges. Let’s face it, an awkward INFJ like me needs a more specific plan than just “family fun on Friday on Instagram.” I actually need a specific photo to take. Having social anxiety is a challenge when it comes to social media.
Finally, a writer’s gotta know what hashtags to use because the strange ramblings that bubble up in my mind just won’t cut it. On the back flap, I’ve attached popular hashtags by topic and by days of the week.
While we’re on the subject of hashtags, I’ve created a few for the socially inept like me to use (or not) as we stumble along this marketing journey:
And now you know why I don’t create my own hashtags. Peace.
It’s fall! Well, it’s September and that’s close enough, right?
Regardless, my fall decor is up and the first pot of soup is simmering on the stove. Panera Bread Copycat Broccoli and Cheese.
One thing I always do when I decorate for a holiday or season is go over my organizational methods and review what’s working and what’s more trouble than it’s worth. In my opinion, organization methods should be simple and effortless to stick to. The more complicated a system is, the less likely you are to stick with it.
I’ve tried many systems over the years, but I keep coming back to my one tried and true: tickler file. I learned about the tickler file when I worked at Edward Jones Investments. They were BIG on organization, efficiency, and “only touch paper once.” I am forever grateful for all the training I received while in their employ.
The tickler system uses a set of folders for each of the months of the year and another set with numbers 1-31 for the days in the month. There are a number of wonderful videos on YouTube that walk you through setting up and using the tickler system. If you’d like for me to make a video, let me know in the comments.
The other system I use is a day planner, which needs no explanation. I carry it with me to keep track of events, important dates, workshops, personal days for my family.
Finally, I created a social media marketing notebook. I’m only beginning to venture into the realm of social media marketing for my writing, so I needed a tactile place to keep track of information pertaining tp each of the social media outlets I use. Stay tuned for an in-depth look inside my marketing notebook!
Well, that’s all I have for y’all this evening. Lemme know what you think in the comments and while you’re at it….leave me some yummy soup recipes!!