Social Media Mom bring us one of the big questions of the day:
To summarize, she shares her feelings via quote:
I agree 100% with what Jack Spirko, from the Dallas Business and Marketing Blog says, “To me social networking has a greater future if we judge the content rather then intent“. Is it really that important who submits it? If you like it, you can Mixx it, Digg it, Stumble it, Sphinn it, or whatever. If you don’t, then by all means don’t vote for it and move on!
Oh, but if it were only that simple. Just share our best work and have folks vote on it. Many argue that the Internet already votes, simply count your page views and there you have it. If only that were true.
Posting your best stuff and hoping might be work if everyone on the Internet was aware of every blog post, news article, and web page in existence. Not only would they know of the existence, but know the complete URL, the language, and then have a browser that can read it. This doesn’t even cover corporate or nationwide blocks in place on Internet browsing.
You’ll say next perhaps that the best stuff still gets around. I wager you that there’s plenty of great stuff you’ve never seen and never will. There just isn’t time. No time, and tons of competition for people’s attention when they are online. There’s the latest crazy thing on YouTube, the cute dog pictures from Aunt Saddie and erotic fiction for others. Just how is one supposed to get squeezed into that?
If you were a store owner, or politician or author, then the answer is to talk about it, shout about it, and even take out huge ads on TV and radio. But if you’re a blogger? Well, don’t go telling folks, it just shows how selfish and self centered you are. It smacks of a big ego, or little concern for others. It reeks of neediness and attention starvation.
Dang, talk about something hanging over you head. So then what should a blogger do? Write great stuff and pray? Should the blogger have to start turning out tons of content just to make sure they get search engine hits. Or even rob their writing of its creativity or uniqueness for search engine hits?
It’s the same problem many authors have that don’t have a big firm to back them up, it’s hard to get noticed. One innovate thing that’s occurring though is more authors are taking their books to the bloggers. They are emailing them, tweeting them, interviewing with them and more.
It’s obvious what happens if bloggers do the same thing with their blog though, it gets shot down quick.
What can we as bloggers do to help if we aren’t supposed to submit our own content for notice and sharing? One thing we can do is network to the high heavens. We need to network like we mean it. Note, networking <> shouting about your content, your brand or your hot boddy. It means engaging people wherever they’re at, and getting to know each other. This is a slow process and something to think of more as a long term investment.
Something else we can do? Be remarkabled. Seth Godin talks about it all the time. Others live it all the time. How can you and I be remarkable? No ideas? Don’t feel bad, if you had them and executed on them, you’d already be remarkable.
Remarkable doesn’t have to be tough though. You don’t need to write a book to be famous or noticed. What you can best do to get noticed is be a generous giver. The best thing is you don’t have to give money, or lots of expensive things. The real key is to give without asking for anything in return. You don’t have to ‘give’ in private either, even if you don’t brag.
I could write a ton about giving and giving honestly and feeling rewarded about it. The key is to give your time most of all. Take time to comment on other blogs. Take time to email your contacts. Take time to make conversation. Take time to listen. That last one counts more than all the others. When people knw you’re listening, you suddenly become a lot more remarkable.
Social Media Mom ends her post like this:
What do you think about self submission? Should we or should we not submit our content to others, social sites etc.? I would love to know whether or not you think it is a good or bad thing to do and if so, why?
And I’m seconding her questions. Don’t feel obligated to answer them here, but do take time to answer them for yourself. Cheers.