Tag Archives: Social Media

Blogging in the New Year

Being found by the search engines is crucial to online success. Having a blog is a great way to have your material indexed by search engines. Although blogs don’t offer all of the functionality of my custom content management systems, they do have the ability for you to post content on the fly, and they are very search engine friendly.

I want  my clients to have the benefits of blogging, so I am learning everything that I can about it. I have set up my blog with the Thesis theme, and have learned how to customize the theme with “hooks”, custom functions and custom styles. I have purchased a developers license with Thesis so that I can create blogs for my clients using the Thesis theme. I have also added a small upgrade to my RS3 package (of just an additional 3.50/month) to add a blog to your site. I am ready to help you get started.

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Can facebook effect your business prospects?

I love facebook. I work alone in a home office, and that can be isolating. Facebook makes me feel part of a larger community. When I log in to facebook, I can immediately see what my friends are doing – those who post updates. One person might be heating up their coffee, another working on a new painting, someone else may be taking their kids to the park, and another might be announcing a teleseminar that they are holding. I feel connected, and that is a great feeling.

One of my friends is spending this holiday traveling with her family. When she takes photographs of their vacation, she posts them the same day, and it is great to be able to share their journey visually.

I initially started my facebook page for business networking, so I use it mostly to talk about what projects I am working on. It is starting to transform a little bit into a more personal space, as I reply to my friends listings, but I am still very aware that I started the page to leverage my business, and not just to socialize.

I encourage everybody to join facebook. However, it is very important to decide what you are going to use facebook for – for socializing with your friends, for business networking, for promotion of a band or venue. The reason being that how you write and what you share can impact your professional life if prospective employers or clients (or friends of prospective employers and/or clients) read your posts. The impact can be positive, or negative, depending upon what you’ve written.

One of my colleagues just started a facebook page, and her husband cautioned her not to show her age. In this competitive job market, would she be discriminated against if prospective employers knew she was over 50? Maybe. If someone has repeated posts of a certain political slant – would that alienate prospective clients? Maybe.

Do you want to network with only your closest friends? or do you want to network with friends and business colleagues? You can set your privacy settings so that only people you have “friended” can see your posts, and so who you decide to accept as friends can dictate the type of information that you post. Still, don’t forget that whatever you post on the internet is public. What you write on a friend’s wall, their friend’s can view. A good motto is: if you don’t want the world to know it, don’t post it.

That said, I have to repeat, that I love facebook. I love reading about what my friends and colleagues are doing, and feeling connected to a larger community. It makes the four walls of my home-office-cubicle transparent, and I can visualize a whole world unfolding beyond them.

Do you use facebook? Have you ever read anything posted that would make you think twice about hiring or working with someone? Have you ever posted something that you immediately wished you could “unpost”?