“Love me – that’s all I ask of you
Anywhere you go let me go too
Love me – that’s all I ask of you…”
All I Ask Of You- The Phantom Of The Opera
If you are a long time reader you might wonder if I am going to try to integrate a story or two about The Song of My Heart into this post but my focus is different. This time I quote from The Phantom because it states succinctly what so many bloggers hope for. We ask for our readers to love us and to follow us on our journey through cyberspace wherever we may go. We want them to be like the lover who laughs at our good jokes and our bad. We Â want them to comfort and console us and to celebrate our victories too.
Though some of us may wear masks our words share more of our thoughts about life and ourselves than others might realize. Cloaked in the silent embrace of our dreams we send our thoughts out in the hope that they will resonate with others. And thus we come to the place where I introduce you to my new favorite tongue twister,Â one that no one said or knew when I was a child.
Twitter, Triberr & Blogging
Try sayingÂ that ten times without stumbling over a word. It is quite a mouthful. Now if those last 5 words don’t lead to all sorts of interesting keywords on the blog I don’t know what will. Several days ago I blogged about my affiliation with Triberr. Triberr is one of a number of blogging tools that I use on a daily basis. I like it because it has had an immediate impact upon my traffic, reach and exposure. That is something that is very valuable to me and to many bloggers.
I love to write. In a perfect world I would get paid to do what I am doing here. In a perfect world I would support my family solely upon blogging and have time to write books. That cavernous space between my ears is filled with more than empty space. There are a million stories waiting to be told. I often talk about being a dreamer because I am. But I am also the dreamer that believes in trying to live his dreams and not dream his life. So sometimes I step off of the cliff and see if I can fly.
Triberr appears to me to be a tool that can help me get there. That is not to say that it can’t be done in other ways. I am part of the NintendoEnthused group. Klout has provided me with several perks. Twitter and blogging has led to real life relationships that have turned into friendships and writing opportunities. The point is that I taken the potential of social media and turned it into income. It is not an intangible thought of can it be done because I have the experience of having done it.
However it would be foolish of me not to explore tools and resources especially those that have great potential. I mention this because I have been engaged in conversations with a number of people about Triberr and about their concerns about whether it will cause them to appear to be spammers. I think that they have valid points and that it is worth paying attention to. Although you have control of what you send out it is possible that you will inadvertently tweet something that you find to be objectionable. So you have to find a way to be comfortable with what is going on.
From a different perspective I am concerned about the feelings of those in my tribes regarding my posts. I am prolific. I write more frequently than most bloggers. It is not unusual for me to post several times a day. My goal is not to monopolize their streams of have them feel like I am taking advantage of them in any way. At the same time I am not going to change how I blog. I am going to write about whatever I want as often as I want to. I don’t say that because I am trying to be a jerk but because I believe that my success is related to two things.
1) I love to write. This is fun for me. I enjoy what I am doing.
2) I am real. I am authentic. People relate to my words and to me.
So I can’t afford to change who I am. Frankly I am not that good of an actor. If you know me in real life you know that my face doesn’t hide my feelings. You know when I am happy/angry/sad. I am who I am. Don’t know who I may yet become but I have my ideas.
Like I have said many times, it is a big blogosphere. If you don’t like my blog you don’t have to read it. Go elsewhere. In the interim I am going to keep doing what I am doing and I am going to keep using Triberr. A week isn’t enough time for me to evaluate it in the sort of depth that I like or want.
Beyond that I’ll share another quick thought with you. I am still wrestling with the best way to highlight my content and ensure that the most popular is easily accessible. I haven’t come up with a good system yet, but I am working on it. Got to run, time to hit the gym and run errands with the family. Or as that goofy songwright once said, “we started a story whose end must now wait.”