Note to Self…Social Media and Blogging Rule #1: Add Content, Dummy

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It’s true.  Like a dummy I abandoned my blog.  Not permanently, mind you, but long enough to create a vacuum and undermine my own efforts.  After all, how can I claim to be a social media Buzzmeister if I’m not creating content?  Social media is ALL ABOUT content.

I’m not making excuses here; I’m simply stating facts.  Why did I abandon my blog and stop adding content?     Two Reasons:

 

1.) Burn out.  As social media enthusiast / Virtual Assistant providing social media support to others, I ran out of steam (a not uncommon occurrence for those who spend a lot of time in social media).  Why did I burn out you ask?  I started to burn out when I realized I was no longer meeting my main objective as a stay-at-home small business owner: flexibility.  I don’t mind hard work and I don’t mind working long hours but when I started to realize that the time and effort I was putting in to my home business was robbing me of the one thing I most desired (besides monetary compensation, that is)  I started to ask myself “why?”.  Why?  Because I was still working for other people even though I was doing it on “my terms”.  I love working with people; I don’t mind working FOR other people.  What I do mind is the lack of flexibility that typically comes with a structure that involves reporting to, or meeting the expectations of, others – on their timeline.  It’s about balance.  We all strive (or should be striving) for balance in our lives and how we achieve that is different for each of us.

2.) A New Direction.  Thanks to my social media contacts (I really AM a social media enthusiast!) I stumbled on something that really intrigued me.  This, I realized, was an opportunity to work from home, at my own pace, on my own time and how and when I choose.  Code for FLEXIBILITY.  And there’s a bonus: I no longer work to meet anyone’s expectations or demands other than my own.  I answer to no one but me, myself and I.  I feel totally liberated!  I typically start my day very early in the morning, over coffee, and spend as much time as I need/want to in order to meet my goals for the morning.  I then take a break for the afternoon to run errands, tend to the household, and spend time with the people and things I am most passionate about.  After dinner, I forego TV watching except for maybe Dancing with the Stars (it appeals to the form aerobics instructor in me) and focus on my business for another few hours.

I still dabble in social media but it no longer consumes me the way it once did.  I have another blog in addition to this one and it’s there I’ve been spending time adding content in addition to building my business  (I’m not a total dummy!)  So yes, this blog has suffered as a result but, perhaps now that I’m a little more settled in my new enterprise, I’ll take advantage of my new-found flexibility and spend some more time here.  This “dummy” is feeling revived and inspired!

How about you?  Are you feeling inspired by what you do or are you in a bit of a slump?  What are you doing to create balance in your life?  Any tips you have to share will be greatly appreciated.  Please feel free to comment!

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Social Media BuzzmeisterConnie Kuusisto is a social media enthusiast at All Buzz Considered. Thanks to her connections there, she discovered DS Domination and she’s now growing her home-based eCommerce business she started with $20. Follow Connie’s Side Gig Chronicle: The Inside Scoop where she shares a transparent look at this “D$D cha-ching thing” everyone is talking about. She’ll show you that all YOU need is a computer, the ability to follow directions and $20 to start your own biz and boost your bottom line.

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Teach Your Kids to be Debt Free with Dave Ramsey: ACT FAST for FREEBIE!

Dave Ramsey has a new book! Smart Money Smart Kids

Dave Ramsey has a new book! Smart Money Smart Kids“Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze are offering $50 in FREE extras to help you raise money-smart kids!”

Pre-order their brand new book, Smart Money Smart Kids by April 22nd, 2014 and they’ll toss in this $50 bonus.  Details HERE!

I sure wish this book had been around when my kids were little.  Dave Ramsey knows his stuff!
 
 
 
 
 

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ck_thumbnailConnie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All. Check out her other blog, Side Gig Chronicle: The Inside Scoop to see what she’s up to in her spare time. Join her maybe?

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Blogging Concentrated Coming to a Town Near You!

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Blogging Concentrated

I’m really looking forward to attending the Blogging Concentrated event in Syracuse, NY on Saturday, March 22.

Lauren Greutman, otherwise known as I am THAT lady, is a VERY successful local blogger and she will be teaching this seminar along with Dan Morris of LettersFromDan.com

I’ve created a number of blogs over the years, the most well-known being that of my husband’s Planet of the Blind, but I’ve never taken the time to learn how to be strategic in terms of how to make a buck.  My blogging has always been more of a hobby than anything since I dabbled with them when time permitted (thanks to my full-time job).  But now that I’m working out of my home and have started my own two blogs, AllBuzzConsidered and my Side Gig Chronicle: The Inside Scoop, I’m ready to up my game.

 

Have you been to a Blogging Concentrated event in your town?  If so, what was your biggest take-a-way?Accomplish More Sooner

Have you even heard of Blogging Concentrated?  To be honest, I hadn’t until just this morning.  But thanks to Lauren, I’ve now signed up!

To find a Blogging Concentrated event near you simply click on this banner for more information…——>

Who knows, this could lead to your big break!  Separate yourself from the rest of the pack.  That’s my intention!

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ck_thumbnailConnie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All. Check out her other blog, Side Gig Chronicle: The Inside Scoop to see what she’s up to in her spare time. Join her maybe?

 

 

 

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MySpeed by Enounce: Save Time Listening to Online Recordings

MySpeed by Enounce: Have You Discovered This Awesome Tool Yet?

I haven’t officially announced it on this blog yet but for those of you who are interested, I’ve started a second website / blog to talk about the Side Gig I’ve recently launched as a means of generating an additional source of income from home.  I’ll write more about that at a later time.

MySpeed by EnounceFor now I would like to introduce you to this amazing tool someone referred to me recently.  Have you heard of MySpeed by Enounce? For those of us who listen to online seminars / webinars, this tool is a HUGE time saver.  It allows you to manage the speed at which you listen to an online recording.  I simply LOVE this tool!

I could write all about it here but I’ve actually done that already on my other site.  So why reinvent the wheel when with one easy click, you can learn more about MySpeed HERE.  BTW, there’s a FREE TRIAL option so there’s no reason to not check this out.  If you listen to online presentations like I do, I’m willing to bet you’ll be pleased with this option!  Let me know, OK? Feel free to comment below and tell us of your experience.

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ck_thumbnailConnie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All. Check out her other blog, Side Gig Chronicle: The Inside Scoop to see what she’s up to in her spare time. Join her maybe?

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Discover Your Inner Graphic Designer with Canva

Use Canva to Create Your Own Images with Ease & Discover Your Inner Graphic Designer!

I recently wrote this post titled “Have You Discovered Canva Yet?” in which I discussed how easy it is to use this graphic design tool (Canva) to create your own images.

Cover your a** with Canva!The main point of my post was to point out that “Due to copyright laws we can’t just click and save any photo we admire, then use it as if it were our own.”

I also mentioned that “the software comes with quite a few “free” images for your use but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can upload them from your own personal photos, other sources such as GraphicStock, or you have the option of paying Canva’s fee to purchase one of theirs.

So why am I writing about this AGAIN?  It has to do with the seriousness of the issue.  I just discovered an article that I thought I’d share as it’s very well written and most informative.  Blogger Beware: You CAN Get Sued For Using Photos You Don’t Own on Your Blog by Roni Loren.  Roni has done all bloggers a BIG favor by sharing her insight on the subject.  I highly recommend you take a look.

By the way, have YOU taken a look at Canva yet?  Kinda fun, isn’t it?

P.S.  Thanks to Kelvin Ringold for sharing the “Blogger Beware” article on Facebook, which is where I stumbled on it.

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ck_thumbnailConnie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All.  Check out her other blog, Side Gig Chronicle: The Inside Scoop to see what she’s up to in her spare time. Join her maybe?

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Caution: If You’re Using “Your” Instead of “You’re”, You’re Confused.

Not everyone is confused, of course, but if you’re in the habit of responding (in writing) “your welcome” to someone who just thanked you, you are (confused). You’re one of many, in fact and you’re doing it all over the world-wide web. Your misuse of “your” in this instance means your English teacher somehow failed you. We know you’re not to blame.
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Once you read this blog post, however, your teacher is off the hook. You’re now in “the know”. You’re no longer going to use “your” instead of “you’re”, are you?

Don’t be embarrassed. For goodness sake, we all make mistakes. If you’re “guilty” of this one particular grammatical error, you’re forgiven. But now that you’ve seen this message, your continued use of “your” when you should be penning “you’re” means you’re just not paying attention. This suggests to me that your English teacher is not to blame after all. You are! You’re guilty as charged!

Here, if you’re curious, is a list of twelve very common grammar mistakesI confess: I have in the past been guilty of #7 and on more than one occasion.  I’m sure there are many others…

Here is a list of “15 Grammar Goofs That Make You Look Silly” (great infographic!) and according to the blog, Lit Reactor, here are 20 grammar mistakes “that (almost) everyone makes“.

No doubt there are many more lists I could pull up for our mutual benefit but I think this is a good start.

You’re welcome!

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So tell us, if the grammar police were to come after you, what goof might they find of yours? Comment below please; we promise not to snicker!

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Have You Discovered Canva Yet?

Use Canva to Create Your Own Images with Ease & Discover Your Inner Graphic Designer!

It’s widely known that when it comes to social media, images are “where it’s at”.  They’re everywhere and statistically speaking, they receive much more attention (views, comments, shares) than just plain old text.  Due to copyright laws we can’t just click and save any photo we admire, then use it as if it were our own.  Don’t go down that road!

So what are our options?  Well, we can hire a graphic designer, many of whom are worth their weight in gold.  Or we can purchase photos from  image providers such as Dreamstime or GraphicStock.  (Here’s a generous coupon for Graphic Stock if you’re interested.)  I could list many other options but that’s not what this post is really about.  It’s about Canva…

If you watch the video on Canva.com you’ll see images of different people sitting with their laptops in their laps, “designing” graphic images, then either printing them or sharing them online. What’s noteworthy, in my opinion, is that everyone is smiling while doing this.  Appearances suggest they’re actually having a good time.  I’m here to tell you they are; I can vouch for that!  If you have the time, it’s actually quite fun to create your own images.  It can be VERY satisfying!

Canva’s tagline is “amazingly simple graphic design” and that just about sums it up.  Sure there’s a learning curve but tutorials are available – should you even need them.  The software comes with quite a few “free” images for your use but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can upload them from your own personal photos, other sources such as GraphicStock, or you have the option of paying Canva’s fee to purchase one of theirs.  Ahh, there’s the catch, you’re thinking!  Well maybe, but should you decide to buy an image from Canva, you’ll pay just a buck.  That’s it!  One dollar.  Play with that image all you want then save it, publish it, post it on one of your social media channels at no additional charge.

Have I mentioned there’s no fee to sign up?  Create and publish all the graphics you want.  The ONLY time you’ll be charged a fee is IF you decide to start with one of the $1 images Canva provides.  There’s no obligation when you create an account.  I highly encourage you give it a try.  Just yesterday I “designed” this graphic and it took me all of oh, maybe 4 minutes to find the source image, then play around with the text. Oh, I almost forgot, I “designed” this yesterday, too.

Gotta Love a Man Who Loves His Dog.

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By the way, if you love dogs like we do, check out our Facebook page: Dog Schmooze.  If you do, take a look at the banner.  I designed that with Canva too!  (Like it?  Perhaps you could click that little “Like” button…hint, hint.)

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Should you agree that Canva is a fabulous tool to have at your disposal but you feel you don’t have time to design, well…you can always contact me, your Buzzmeister, to discuss possibilities.  I’d be more than pleased to create images for your exclusive use.

Have something BUZZWORTHY you’d like to share? While I won’t make any promises, you’re welcome to submit a blog post for consideration since in my view, all buzz is considered…

ck_thumbnailConnie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise.  Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All.  Additional resources available at Books, Blogs and Beyond.

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Valentine (Yes YOU!), Here’s What I Think…

Dear Valentine (yes, that’s YOU ! ),

Valentine, You're Amazing

I just want to take a moment to thank you all for visiting this site and spending even a brief moment here.

To My Family, I love you more than you know…

To My Friends, you are so very dear to me…

To My Clients and Comrades, you hold a special place in my heart too…I wouldn’t be here without you!

…and to those I haven’t met yet, no doubt you’re special too!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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Have something BUZZWORTHY you’d like to share? While I won’t make any promises, you’re welcome to submit a blog post for consideration since in my view, all buzz is considered…

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Buzzworthy: January is Glaucoma Awareness Month

Magnifying glass centered on word "vision"Having once worked at an AMAZING ophthalmology research laboratory (where I learned to spell ophthalmology correctly), I believe the fact that January is Glaucoma Awareness Month to be quite buzzworthy.  I was reminded of this fact in my grocery store sales circular while clipping coupons.  Thanks to  the ad for “Your Neighborhood Pharmacy at Tops” for the following fast facts about Glaucoma:

  • Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world.
  • The most common form of Glaucoma has virtually no symptoms.
  • The best way to protect your sight is to get a regular eye exam.
  • Nearly 1 out of 10 people over the age of 70 have Glaucoma.

Visit The John and Marcia Carver Nonprofit Genetic Testing Laboratory website for more information about Glaucoma.  It’s information worth knowing.

Do you have a specific social media question I can answer for you? Feel free to either contact me directly, or comment by clicking the flag to the left of the share button below.

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Connie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or for Those Who Feel They Have Better Things To Do with Their Time.

 

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Email Overload: Rule Your Inbox; Don’t Let it Rule You.

The other day I was listening to “Day to Day” with Alex Chadwick on NPR.  The subject was one that I can easily relate to: the troubling “syndrome” dubbed Email Overload.  I’m willing to bet that you can relate to this as well.  If so, here’s the link to the 8 minute segment for your listening pleasure.

The focus of this NPR piece is primarily on corporate America and statistics regarding internally generated emails or what they call the corporate equivalent of “friendly fire”.  In other words, we do this to each other.  YIKES!  Here are a few of the stats mentioned in this piece:

  • At work, Americans get and send nearly 3 billion emails per day.
  • Growth of email has been exponential: in 1995 American workers sent/received on average 8 emails/day.   Today that figure is 90+/day.
  • Big time waster in corporate America, 2nd only to meetings.
  • On average 16 thousand emails per person/year are processed in corporate America

I won’t go in to detail here, but suffice it to say that there was a time in my life while working as an employee when I spent most of my days responding to email in what I now realize was very much a social media community manager position.  It wasn’t my title at the time but it certainly could have been.  Unfortunately much of my time and mental energy was spent addressing other people’s problems.  I was (am) good at it (bold statement, I know but sometimes ya gotta toot your own horn) but needless to say, it led to total burnout.

Email Overload

www.AllBuzzConsidered.com/email-overload

Today, as an entrepreneur, I can still relate to email overload, but at least it’s of a different nature.   While there is still plenty of it, it’s friendlier “friendly fire”.

Soooo… what about YOUR inbox?  If you’re anything like me you too could benefit from some tips on how to manage (or should I say cope with) an endless stream of messages vying for your attention.

Here are a few mentioned in the NPR segment referenced above:

  • Limit the number of people in your cc: list (thereby limiting the number of responses)
  • Using more specific info in the subject line so people know what you’re talking about w/out even opening the email  (this is a BIG ONE for me!)
  • Adding “NTN” (no thanks needed) at the end of messages or NRN “no response needed” in the subject line. (Brilliant!)
  • Avoiding email altogether for complex or emotionally charged subjects
  • Deactivate the sound indicating you’ve received a new message to avoid interruptions and distractions

There are many more tips, of course, and I could add a few of my own.  But rather than reinvent the wheel, I thought it might be more helpful to point to other resources that more than adequately address this subject.  If I’ve done nothing else today but save you ten minutes worth of “googling” this topic, then my efforts have not been futile.

Here are some very good ideas to help you cope with YOUR inbox:

Do you have a specific social media question I can answer for you? Feel free to either contact me directly, or comment by clicking the flag to the left of the share button below.

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Connie Kuusisto is a Virtual Assistant / social media “Buzzmeister” dedicated to working with authors, small business owners and nonprofits who recognize the need for an organized social media presence but who prefer to focus on their own area of expertise. Are you needing to boost YOUR buzz? Your Buzz is her Biz. Here’s a good place to start: Social Media Buzz: Tips, Tricks & News for the Uninitiated, Overwhelmed &/or Just Plain Tired of It All.

 

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