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Exploring New Social Media

Posted on June 22, 2015 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

I’ve spent a lot of time on social media. The majority I do because of my job, but I also do plenty of it for my own entertainment as well. I’d say that I’m in the top 1% when it comes to social media. I have probably 120k followers across all my accounts. I don’t say this to brag, but to merely say that I’m pretty deeply entrenched in the world of social media.

What’s interesting for me is how I try and approach and learn new social media platforms. Quite frankly, Twitter and Facebook make up the majority of my social media time with LinkedIn a close third. Although LinkedIn definitely feels more like work while Twitter and Facebook are a mix of work and fun.

I’ll set those 3 social media platforms aside and instead talk about all the others out there. I’ve played with most of them. None of them have really taken off for me. However, I continue to dabble and see where they go.

My approach to new social media is to just start using them. I usually joke with whoever I’m with about how amazing I am at this new platform for which I know nothing about. I literally feel like a little kid trying to learn a bike for the first time every time I try a new social media platform.

My latest experience was trying out Periscope (I want to try Meerkat next). It felt like G+ hangouts, but not quite as dynamic since I couldn’t have anyone else join me. Although, I was surprised at how simple it was for me to start broadcasting live video of me. In fact, I could have done it from any of the 8 different devices in my home. I think that’s going to massively change things. It will just be ubiquitous for my kids. They won’t think anything of it.

Today if you follow me on Instagram, then you might have seen the wave of pictures I’ve posted. It was part of me still learning the platform. I could see how Instagram makes a lot of sense for parents who are at homes with their kids. It’s fun to take pictures of kids and even more fun to share those pictures and get feedback. As I sit in front of my computer all day at work, what pictures would I share on Instagram? Unlike some of the people I work with, I assure you that people don’t want to see a picture of me working.

The learning process on all of these is a challenge. Snapchat is the weirdest of all of them for me. I’m still learning why and when I’d want to use it. I haven’t really figured it out. Although, here’s my approach for learning these new social media platforms. I usually start using it when someone is around (often the Crash Wife). I then start posting pictures (almost all of the new platforms are picture and video if you haven’t noticed) to the platform. I’ve found that diving in head first is the best way to learn.

After a rash of posts and interactions on these new platforms I then start telling whoever I’m with “I’m so good at [insert new social media platform name here].” Of course, the comment is dripping with sarcasm and always elicits a laugh from whoever I’m with since it’s not true. I’m not sure why I do this, but I’ve done it over and over and I’m sure it will continue. It’s probably a way for me to build my confidence on something for which I have no confidence. Building a confidence on a social media platform is a challenge. Although, it’s so powerful once you do.

Follow Crash Dad on Social Media

Posted on December 17, 2014 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

What a ride! We’re already 2 months into my Daddy Blogging experience. This post will be my 22nd post and Crash Dad has had 3,284 pageviews as of this posting. Not too bad for a part time hobby. Plus, I have to admit that it’s been a lot of fun to write and hear people’s reaction to my posts.

My favorite response came yesterday from my Crash Brother who said, “I like reading it because it makes me think. I would also love to contribute some day.” I hope this blog will help people to think. I hope that many will join in a discussion in the comments as well. Plus, don’t be surprised if my Crash Brother joins and starts blogging as another Crash Dad in the future. That would be fun. I always love multiple perspectives.

Yesterday, I started inviting some of my friends to like the Crash Dad Facebook page. Thanks to everyone who liked the page. We’ll do our best to provide you entertaining and useful content that makes you happy you liked the page. If you haven’t already liked Crash Dad on Facebook, what’s holding you back? We’ll be here when you get back.

Thanks also to everyone who’s signed up to receive the Crash Dad posts by email. If you haven’t done so, you can subscribe by putting your email in at the top of the page. You know you want to!

Unfortunately, Crash Dad was taken on Twitter. Plus, I’m already on Twitter as @techguy. Feel free to follow @techguy on Twitter if you’d like. Fair warning, I tweet quite a bit from that account and about a wide variety of my interests.

Now you can easily keep updated with Crash Dad. You wouldn’t want to miss any of the excitement would you? Thanks to everyone who’s been reading. It’s always fun to know something you’ve written is read and enjoyed by many people.

Next, I think I’m going to give myself a challenge. I was going to do a thirty day challenge (ie. one post a day for 30 days), but that might be a bit much (especially with the holidays). Instead, I’m going to do 20 blog posts over the next 30 days or basically 5 posts a week. Let’s see if I can do it. If you have a blog, I challenge you to do the same. One of the keys to writing well is writing regularly. The posts don’t have to be long. Just share something valuable with your readers 20 times over the next 30 days. Let me know if you’re doing it so I can check out your posts.

My WordCamp Las Vegas 2014 Presentation

Posted on December 12, 2014 I Written By

My name is John and I'm a working dad with 4 beautiful children. I'm a full time blogger and entrepreneur. These are my musings. I hope you enjoy.

Tomorrow I’m speaking at the WordCamp Las Vegas event. I’ll be talking on next generation monetization techniques for bloggers. Should be a fun presentation with good people. I’m interested what people think of the ideas I present. It’s really a mixture of blogging, social media, email marketing, and more. However, the blog is the core of the offering.

I want those who see the presentation to be able to download the presentation, so here it is: Next Generation Monetization Opportunities with WordPress. I’m not sure the presentation will make sense to anyone else since I don’t want people just reading my powerpoint. I just highlight the key points to reinforce my message.

Tonight we had the speakers dinner which is always a lot of fun. One of them asked me if I was nervous about speaking. I definitely get nervous for some presentations, but I’m not sweating this one. It’s mostly for fun.

PS. I think this will be the live feed of the event if you want to follow along at home.