Happy Christmas from MarketingM8′s blog and a retrospective.
Looking back over my blog posts in 2011, it’s clear that some of my initial posts were either way too long, way too short or just plain dull, but we all have to start somewhere and the beauty of social media is that we can learn from our mistakes and people let us know when stuff is good!
I thought my social media journey, as a blogger, might provide a good retrospective, so here’s 19 out of my 132 posts.
Although double the standard blog post content, ‘To blog or not to blog’ was one of my earliest posts that received some very encouraging and positive comments, this is basically what bloggers live for.
My next post was one of many on the controversial subject on social influence and Klout!
It’s very interesting to see that my StumbleUpon views are still very minimal at this stage and my next post about Big Brother, social media and Viewdle, which I consider a great story, only got 1 StumbleUpon view and that was from me!
The subject of blogs versus websites is still very current and blogs have clearly got the edge as far as Google is concerned, currently my blog global ranking according to Alexa is 160,000 or so, which isn’t bad. Social media created that great ranking and I currently have 308 individual links, I should add that some very expensive websites take decades to gain such ranking and traffic! Small wonder that blogs are the way to go.
In March 2011 I was feeling gloomy based on the fact that I was spending a lot of time driving around lecturing construction directors on social media, getting warm responses from interested parties, but nowhere near enough business. Social media satire edition 1 got a record 306 StumbleUpon votes, 186 Tweets and 88 Facebook LIKES; I wasn’t exactly earning much, but at least people liked my social media cartoons!
My next post about blogging received a lot of interest too and I was really getting into writing, suddenly it didn’t seem to be as difficult to produce good blog posts as it once had.
My 1st Buffer interview was a great turning point for me as a blogger, the 1st of some great social media interviews and the beginning of a great friendship with Leo and Joel from Buffer!
26-04-11 Social Media development: Construction Marketing UK joins Mike Rowe’s Trades Hub and helps promote Social Media to construction!
Joining Mike Rowe’s Trades Hub provided me with a great source of blog traffic and some excellent contacts, plus Tony often awards my blog with Blog Post of the Week or Month and I’m truly grateful for that!
Read the link above and share a tough day on social media!
It took me 6 months to fully appreciate that trying to help the UK construction sector out of a rut by introducing social media as a cost effective alternative to traditional marketing was pretty much a waste of time.
Taking my focus off the construction sector seemed to pay off when my blog post on the new Google+ saw nearly 500 StumbleUpon viewers!
18-07-11 Social media time management and Google +. Social media satire 19. July was clearly a turning point traffic wise, StumbleUpon provided me with 1,131 views and 89 people Tweeted this social media satire post about Google+ and time management!
12-09-11 Welcome to commonred. Social media satire 27. If the disaster story about BMW’s social media experiences proved to be popular in August, the mixture of a new social media platform Commonred and social media satire edition 27 proved even more popular with over 1,240 StumbleUpon views and 136 Tweets.
21-09-11 Do you still doubt Klout? I’ve written a lot about Klout, here’s the good times, before the major algorithm issues came to a head.
05-10-11 Nokia: The tops on Empire Avenue This great success story brings even more views than the previous great disaster story!
10-10-11 Social media stress: Social media satire 32. With over 2,000 StumbleUpon views this post showed me the real value of StumbleUpon.
30-11-11 Sainsbury’s social media winners Christmas 2011. The fact that the Sainsbury’s post had well over 2,500 views on StumbleUpon and 139 Tweets proved (once again) that happy and positive posts are popular posts.
07-12-11 I gave Kred a K+ on Klout! The Kred post is both good news and a new social media platform and therefore the close to 2,000 StumbleUpon views and 126 Tweets is no major surprise.
12-12-11 Social influence and pre-Christmas satire! The pre-Christmas satire post was also popular which may suggest that Christmas posts are popular, we’ll see how well this is received!
As I anticipated back in late 2010, this year has been a great year for social media year, I’ve also learned and shared a lot of social media information, I’ve had over 1,300 comments on my blog and well over 65,000 viewers from all over the world.
I would like to thank everyone concerned, ALL my blog readers, supporters, friends, colleagues, Empire Avenue, Twitter, Facebook and Google+ friends, a sincere thanks to each and every one of you. Without you there would be nothing!
I wish you all peace and prosperity, mostly peace because prosperity without peace can be a burden. Enjoy Christmas and try and spend a little time away from social media just for a couple of days! (I’m going to try SO hard!!)
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- Klout is down & out… & then up again! Social media satire 39.
- Kred: Keeping it real with Kred.
- StumbleUpon’s New Features for Increased Web Traffic (webtrafficnews.com)
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