My mother used to say, “The best way to get better is simple, just ask someone who’s already better.” So, for once in my life I’m going to take my mother’s advice and simply ask people who are better than me for ways to better myself.
Through a New Lens is officially 2 months old and I’m proud to say that I have more readers and have connected with more people than I ever imagined, but that doesn’t mean I’m doing everything right. Going back over my posts I noticed that I say a lot of things and give a lot of talking points, but rarely actually take any of that advice and put it into practice. I see that as a great detriment on my part. I’ve also seen it in our community, a lot of people saying pretty, nice things, but no action. So here goes:
Make my blog better.
That’s right, I’m asking for your advice. Look back through some of my posts and things you may have read from me in the past: what am I doing well, what isn’t working at all, what could I do that would be more helpful? I’m making you the boss for the day. Make me more productive.
Which Came First: The Method or the Madness?
Why am I doing this, you might ask. I’m a big believer that the business of communication (whether that be marketing, PR or social media aspects of either) is a lifelong learn. Things are always progressing and changing and it is my duty to my clients and you (faithful reader) to constantly strive to better myself as a writer/content creator/strategist/etc.
When I was in high school I played football. There was a lot that I learned from my coaches about form and stride and hold, but what I learned of heart and determination and loyalty and power, I learned from my teammates. I learned from them because if we could make each other better along the way, then as a team we would be stronger.
Now I’m a part of a new community (we all are). With Twitter, Facebook, and other social media outlets, we are all part of a team and I’m hoping to learn from my teammates.
Thick Skin Thinned
For all you nay-sayers, this isn’t just a cry for attention or an open call for insults on my character or physique (although I’m sure I’ll get those). I’ve been working lately on practicing what I preach and on more than one occasion I have advised asking others in the community for advice and I’m finally taking myself up on the offer.
Another motivation I have for this is that I am currently designing and putting together my personal webpage (which will launch before August, hopefully) and I want to know what to bring to that table that is effective and helpful.
RT this, pass it around, I’ll post the comment advice and take the emails to heart and see if I can’t make this page better for everyone.
What advice have you given that you aren’t taking? Is there a way your could improve what you do simply by asking? Maybe we can take this journey together.
So, what do you think?