Learning Twitter

I am watching a great training on how to use Twitter to grow your YouTube channel from Think Media TV when it occurs to me that, in general, I am using Twitter incorrectly.

Now, I have heard this said many times before.  Twitter is about conversations, not just to push content.  Since I wanted to add tweets, all I did was repost stuff from other media.  It is time I learn to use this thing.  So, I ask the great Google how do I find popular hashtags.  This is the main answer it gave me:

How to find hashtags?
  1. Find out what influencers are using.
  2. Find trending hashtags in your niche.
  3. Find relevant cross-platform hashtags.
  4. Drill down to find more specific hashtags.
  5. Use Twitter’s tailored trends.
  6. Use Hashtags.org to find trending hashtags and more.
  7. The low-tech option: brainstorming.

Apparently, the great Kim Garst was the person I need to thank for this answer (she does have great content).  Then, I read it again and noticed number 6.  It is time to do more research.  I accessed hashtag.org and discovered that I don’t think half of the current trending hashtags are actual words that apply to me.

These were the hashtags trending up at the time I did this research:

#endyemensiege, #mustblow, #coloradomusic, #despacitoremix50m, #83ulkeala2istiyor, #dadvader, #mustblowparty, #feuillederoutefi, #coalition, #oxfam, #surprisingmenuitems, #ramaphosa, #climbon, #heinekenzatweeta, #betoftheday, #fsrsport, #soundslikeyou, #catia, #expochat, #mercurial, #shoe, #lustforlife, #waybackwednesday, #pt, #hardknocks

I think I can relate to two.  So off I go to start a conversation, or two.  I will keep you posted on my progress of learning Twitter.  How do you use Twitter?  Leave me your comments below.  For those of you interested, I left the Think Media TV video below.  The guy is very good at explaining things thoroughly.  Enjoy.


Health and YouTube Challenge

Apparently I am a sucker for punishment because in between taking care of my mother and working on getting some projects and other sources of income, I have decided to give myself a health challenge and a YouTube Challenge.  What is going on?  Read on.

I was trying to get my mother in the tub to assist her in bathing and not only did she only get water in her face, I ended up with a sore back.  My tailbone is killing me and I realize it is because I am so out of shape.  For the last couple of years, I have concentrated on everyone’s health and happiness.  Then last year, I decided to take advantage of the gym in my apartment complex.  Just when I was starting to get used to going at least three times a week, I got the call from Puerto Rico.  I dropped everything and flew down just to find out my dad was in the hospital in really bad shape.  I did not exercise after that (except for a couple of bad attempts I really did not put much effort into).  I sweat off 15 pounds and with my fabulous adrenaline and ice cream diet, gained 20 more for a whooping 235 pounds.  I am not healthy and I am not happy, like I mentioned on another blog post.  So now what?

I started walking.  Yesterday I went around the block once.  Today, I was able to go around the block three times.  Then we loosely measured the distance with the car and it turns out that it is 0.1 of a mile.  I need to go around ten times to walk one mile.  My goal for the month of March is to walk around ten times.  Let us see how that goes.

Not happy with what seems like a big enough challenge, I decided to take back a challenge I wanted to do last year.  I started out a 100 day challenge and everything was going well until my dad took a turn for the worse and I abandoned the goal.  So, as you can see, I created a video and I started the challenge yesterday.

So what challenges have you decided to tackle this week?  Leave your comment below the video.  Thanks.


Day 140: Distractions

Yesterday I was watching videos on YouTube and I ran into this video from Brendon.  I am going to add the video below.  The thing that grabbed my attention was that he was talking about a study that showed that the average adult spends 4 hours a day watching TV, which is the equivalent of 13 years with the boob tube.  Then he explained that some of us don’t watch TV but we do have distractions that are the same as this situation.

I was distracting myself on the internet at the time and I still found what he said very telling.  Then he said that the cost of that is a million dollars.  Let me say that again.  The cost of spending four hours a day distracted is $1,000,000.00.  Crazy!

Then I started thinking about the average person, me.  If I take two hours a day off my distractions and spend it learning something that would help my writing or my social media management, I could start making some extra money from things I really love.

I think this is a great concept that we all can adapt.  Your distractions might be a particular thing, like Facebook, or Netflix or playing solitaire.  It does not matter.  I’m not telling you to give it up all together.  My suggestion is to take two hours of your day to spend with the people you love, with a project that really interest you or doing something you truly love.  You will be amazed at what you can accomplish.

What do you think?  I’m going to plug the video below and I hope you leave your comments and share this blog post.