Well the 1st of Jan and 2010 has arrived. Yay!
I don’t know about you but I’m in two minds as to whether 2009 really flew by or not. Partly because I spent most of it learning new skills and it almost feels like it was a long way back that I delved into Social Media. And it wasn’t a long way back at all, it was less than 12 months ago!!
In retrospect, this would have been a great post to get done by Dec 31st but after reading my friend Kary Rogney’s post, I’m starting today with no regrets.
So what did I learn in 2009 that can be of value to you? Well a ton actually!
So let me start with my biggest learning curve…
I launched this blog somewhere around June of 09 after a lot of trepidation and hiding it from my Twitter profile. Why? Well because like most of us, I wanted it to look good before anyone saw it! I was doing tutorial after tutorial on how to set it up, how to lay it out and even learning the fundamentals of SEO can you believe it! I hadn’t even launched it and had absolutely no content and I was trying to learn SEO before it went live lol.
Reflecting back, I read some really great info along the way that I hope will help you through your hurdles. If you’re starting out online with blogging and Social Media and don’t have a technical background, information overload is pretty much a given. I haven’t met a successful person yet who didn’t go through it. Yeah great I hear you saying… How does the obvious help me?
Well here are a couple of things that I hope might help :)
Firstly, one of the biggest mistakes we make (well at least I did) is learning information ahead of time. E.g I was learning SEO before I even launched my blog! This is a huge waste of your time. Why? Because when it comes to technical stuff, the chances of you remembering it when it comes time to use it are very low. Chances are you will have to go back and read or watch that tutorial all over again when you are ready to use that particular piece of information. What a complete and utter waste of time huh! So my advice is, don’t go learning how to upload a video to your blog if you haven’t yet made a video. Make the video first and then learn how to upload it!
Only spend your precious time learning things when you are ready to take action and implement. I can’t emphasize this enough as from personal experience, you can easily fall into a trap. 2009 was a year where I spent thousands upon thousands of dollars learning some of the most cutting edge Social Media strategies and yet guess what? If you were to ask me to share what I learnt right now, I would be lucky to be able to convey 30% of it!
But here is what’s really cool. What I can share with confidence are the things I learnt and actually implemented! Now I have a lot of confidence in the value I have to offer as I can speak not only from experience but from walking the talk. End rant number 1 :)
My second biggest learning curve was about how much value we have to offer the world. One of the things that happened to me was the more I chose to mix in a circle of people that were ahead of where I was at, the more I thought everyone knew what I knew. Therefore I didn’t think I had anything of value to share as I assumed everyone already knew every strategy that I did. Are you kidding me!! There is always someone who is just starting out and needs your information…
I had an uh ha moment 3 days ago that has changed the way I’ll be operating in 2010.
I was speaking to a person in a high level management position about a particular system that could be taught more easily world wide by using Webinars. He replied with “a what?” and I said a Webinar. He then said can you spell that word for me! As you can imagine, I almost fell off my seat. I was thinking geez Webinars, isn’t everyone learning from Webinars these days!!
So talk about inspiration. Here was a highly switched on intelligent guy who didn’t know what a Webinar was. Do you think if you made a tutorial today on what a Webinar is or how to conduct one that it wouldn’t be of value to thousands of people…
So where have you been stuck last year that has a whole new light this year?
This is such an awesome journey and I would love to hear your accounts on how you started out. The good, the bad and the ugly lol.
Happy New Decade!