Almost three years ago I was sitting on my couch, home with Principessa, my at that time almost five year old daughter, both of us ridden with strep throat. Newly engaged, planning my second wedding, I remember that day well. My fingers keyed in a URL and I came upon Blogger, with the specific purpose of starting a blog. I am not even sure I knew what a blog was on that first day. I had been reading other blogs for only a few months and had no experience with anything other than Facebook.
Fast forward to now. On the heels of my second Type-A Parent conference, preparing for a summer of travel that will be documented using…social media, and gearing up for BlogHer12, I am no longer that clueless blogger from three years ago. The evolution has been slow at times, lightening fast at others.
It occurs to me that back then, I was like a new teacher. I had no idea what questions to ask. I had no idea of what “good” truly looked like or what effort and commitment it would take to improve in this space.
And now? There are still days that I wonder if I have any clue. The innovations that have taken place in this space over time new platforms like Pinterest and Instagram have taken over. There are still PLENTY of sites that I have never heard of (or maybe I have heard of them, but I have no idea what they do) like Reddit.
I have tried to keep up. I have taken hold of the idea “fake it till you make it” as I explore new skills and platforms.
- I have tried my hand at StumbleUpon, with a few friends telling me that my discovery of a their posts helped create a landslide of views.
- I have learned to accept, love, and become overly attached to Twitter.
- I have been lucky enough to have fabulous sponsored and social good opportunities.
- I even met Debbie Phelps and her daughter Hillary who we have gotten to watch every night this week as Michael Phelps takes the pool at the Olympic trials because of my blogging. (Which….as a result…has led to Principessa first telling me that I should be in the Olympics because I always tell her that anything is possible…and then that she wanted to be an Olympic swimmer one day).
- I have become a fan of (not yet an addict of) Pinterest.
- I have even reflected on my why to make sure that I stay somewhat focused amidst my lack of niche….and made a new Ciao Mom Facebook Cover
And there are other things that I have tried but in my opinion, have not even scraped the surface. Videos and vlogs for example. I have vlogged here and there….most of the times creating videos that are TOO LONG. (According to Charlie Capen, How to Be a Dad, two minutes is the maximum). Then there is the fact that I apparently do not know how to hold my iPhone while recording or interviewing others. Take my recent More Birthdays video….I interviewed a lot of women. Holding the phone up and down (aka portrait for those of you technical folks). Up and down is a bad, bad, bad idea. Because it makes people look like are in a tunnel..or if you crop the video like I did, makes them look like they have no chin. Not exactly a look most people are fond of. Also….you should only take video in a quiet AND well lit place. Because when you get a fabulous interview that is either too dark or overshadowed by say…music ….there is very little that can be done to salvage it.
The interesting thing for me is that the evolution of a blogger is more than just social media skills. It is emotional and social as well. This past weekend, during the Type-A Parent conference, another friend said something about the fact that I “knew everyone.” To which I think I must have chuckled and looked quizzing back, saying that I absolutely did not know everyone. Because seriously, does she not know how I started as a ball of nerves at these conferences and that I have had to push myself conference after conference to introduce myself to new people. Apparently though, wearing a shiny red cape during a conference dance competition makes it seem like you have um…confidence. Again with the fake it till I make it.
So yes…I have evolved. We have all evolved. Grown. (except for the dancing in a super hero get up….not sure that qualifies as growth). Made new friends. Learned new skills. From knowing nothing to knowing….well…more.
What about you? How have you evolved? What do you want or need to evolve next?
PLUS….as a super bonus, my evolution as a blogger has brought me to today…where I am thrilled to announce that one of my most reflective posts about my process in this space, is up at BlogHer…and I would be so incredibly over the moon thankful for any likes, shares, sparkles, or overall love.