Yes, I know this picture is blurry. However, I am using it anyway. To me, it’s a metaphor for this crazy new world of social media and blogging. It reminds me that it is about the creative process and not having to do it all perfectly. I could get hung up on having to understand everything before embarking, but I have decided to swim against my natural inclination and plunge into learning along the way. I hope by checking into The MindFULL Creative every so often, you, too, will learn something new!
Some friends have asked me what the difference is between a blog and a website. In my new favorite resource book, Blogging for Bliss, Tara Frey describes them as:
A blog is a type of website supported by a content management system that provides a collection of features including a home page where the latest content automatically appears on top and earlier posts appear in backwards order. Blogs allow users to do much more than just write and share text. You can include photos, audio, video, and other interactive tools. Blogs allow for comments and interaction with the reader. Historically, websites were more static.
If you’re not into reading books, but like the old world, person-to-person kind of help, try Marc Farmer. Marc came to me through my friend Nancy Sharp (stay tuned for an entry on Nancy’s beautiful blog). Marc owns Internet by Demand. Even tho’ I built my own blog on WordPress and designed my own logo, Marc helped me understand nuance and made my logo easy to use across mediums. Marc is an invaluable resource for those of you who don’t have the time or the inclination to muddle through and design your own website or blog. He makes everything so easy and he uncomplicates this complicated world.
You can reach him at email@example.com
As I meander along this path, I also spend a lot of time talking with my friend, Jill, about what it means to be relevant in the social media world. There is so much to know and it is rapidly transforming old paradigms. We learn something and then…It’s on to next! Jill sent me this social media cheat sheet. It’s by no means comprehensive, and I have no idea what half of them are. However, in our effort to learn how to navigate this crazy new world, I put it out to you. Maybe you’ll discover something useful and find a way to add it your everyday life.
Here’s to filling our minds with new understandings and “aha” moments!
Aggregation Tools: FriendFeed, Lifestream.fm, Lijit, Ping.fm, Socializr, Socialthing!
Blogs: Blogger, Typepad, WordPress*
Bookmarks: Delicious, Digg*, Livejournal, Mixx, Newsvine, Propeller, Reddit StumbleUpon, Technorati*, Yahoo! Buzz
Post Documents: Google Docs, Scribd
Post PowerPoint Presentations: AuthorSTREAM, Google Docs, Myplick, Slideshare
Social Networks: Crowdvine, Facebook, LinkedIn, Plaxo
Twitter Tools: MyTweeple, TweetDeck, TweetLater, Twibes, Twitter