Thursday, March 29, 2018

A Fitness Routine for Social Media


By Edie Melson @EdieMelson

We all know the importance of staying in shape. 

Today I’m going to give you a workout plan to keep your social media life in shape. 

To stay efficient at social media we’ve got to be lean. 

After all our goal is a writing life, not a marketing one.

To work efficiently online takes training and discipline. 

Sit Ups: This is the one where you sit up and take notice of what’s going on around your digital neighborhood.

Strength Training: Where do you have the most followers and friends? That’s where you need to invest the majority of your time. For me, that’s twitter. I have over 20,000 Twitter followers, so I make sure my interactions on that platform stay fresh and current. I also spend time on Facebook, but not as much because I don’t have as strong a presence there.

Push Ups: Make it a practice to push up your numbers. Spend a short time each day adding new friends and followers on social media. The best way to do this (actually the only way I recommend)? Be a friend to have a friend.

Hurdles: Look at the obstacles ahead of you. If you're struggling with something take a run at it. Learn a new skill to keep your social media on track and moving forward.

Sprints: Keep watch on the amount of time you spend on social media. Don’t go over that 30 minute a day threshold. Don’t forget the law of diminishing returns. After 30 minutes, your productivity and value goes way down.

Endurance Training: Remember this thing called social media takes time—it’s a marathon. Take small consistent steps and you’ll find success every time.

Cardio: Make sure you follow your heart and your passion. Share things that mean something to you, and you'll be valuable to those who follow you.

Now it’s your turn, what exercise would you add to this social media workout routine?

Don’t forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,
Edie

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15 comments:

  1. Great thoughts Ms. Edie. Not sure how to turn them into physical exercises, but I remind myself often to be my genuine self on social media; and also to avoid the "rabbit holes" of attempting to defend your beliefs and ideas to others. Often it is much better to simply state you'll be praying for them.

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    1. Jim, that's a great attitude to have regarding social media! Blessings, E

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  2. Sound advice. I need to work on more sprints myself.
    Thanks, Edie!

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  3. I appreciate your thoughts. One thing that helped me was when I realized that every article shared, comment left, or post written did not have to be deep and meaningful. It could be fun, cute, personal, informative, or thoughtful. I get much more engagement this way, and it's a lot more fun.

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    1. Holland, that's great to add. Thank you for sharing! Blessings, E

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  4. Great analogy, Edie! I need to work on my sprint. I spend too much time on social media, not posting as much as reading and clicking through to writing blogs, book reviews, etc.

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    1. Karen, it's so easy to get sucked into the bog of reading social media instead of interacting. Thanks for stopping by, Blessings, E

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  5. Wonderful, common-sense suggestions! Thanks, Edie. Shared everywhere.

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  6. great tips--especially the one about time limits!

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    1. Traci, I'm not a big fan of clock-watching, but it's an absolute must for me when I get on social media! Blessings, E

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  7. Loved it Edie! Thank you. I'd add Zumba dancing to add pizzazz to my posts. Happy Easter.

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    1. I love the Zumba addition! Great analogy, thank you for sharing, Blessings, E

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  8. Mercy. I've been jumping hurdles all day today!
    How about STRETCH BANDS? Use those to stretch us out of our comfort zone to learn new skills. Start with something small and increase as we grow stronger.

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