When I get into a conversation about social media — one of the questions people ask is "how do you find the time?" The truth is…I can't afford not to find the time. It's simply a part of my life/routine now.
Why? Because like the other things that are a part of my life — it matters.
It adds value.
Deborah Chaddock Brown recently wrote a post about the 7 things she loves about social media. She then asked a few of us to do the same.
(By the way…I'm pretty sure you could make the exact same 7 statements. If you couldn't — I challenge you to figure out how to change that ASAP.)
Thanks to social media, I'm smarter: Never before have I had more information at my fingertips. And when I have a question or want more — I just comment and voila, I get more.
Thanks to social media, I'm better connected: Social media removes artificial barriers. Bloggers, Tweeters, authors, experts — all willing to pick up their phone, answer an e-mail or fire back a text. Incredible.
Thanks to social media, I'm more informed: Different from smart — this is about immediacy. Remember when we had to wait for the evening news? That seems so archaic now.
Thanks to social media, I'm speaking across the country: Sure, I was doing this before social media…but now it's much easier. Conferences and event organizers find me rather than me having to market myself to them. I'm not longer a stranger — I'm Drew from the Marketing Minute blog.
Thanks to social media, I'm an author/editor of 3 additional books: Age of Conversation I, II and soon to be released III. If I had not met my friend (and co-editor) Gavin Heaton from Australia — it would have never happened. Not to mention meeting the 200+ authors from all three editions.
Thanks to social media,I'm more accessible: I love that people reach out to me on Facebook, LinkedIn, via e-mail and sometimes — just pick up the phone. There's probably not a city in the world where I couldn't travel and find a reader, collaborator and SM friend to grab a drink or get help if I needed it.
Thanks to social media, I've met all of you: I can't imagine not knowing you. Or not seeing you at a conference and getting a huge hug. Or getting a direct tweet with a question or atta boy now and then.
Social media has not only changed my world… it has rocked my world!
Thanks for being part of the ride!