One of the most important lessons I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older is the value of building relationships. I think it’s no secret that one of my favorite books is Dale Carnegie’s book How to Win Friends & Influence People. While the title is a little clunky and sounds self-serving, the intention is to show the value and importance of living the Golden Rule when it comes to relationships.
I’ve found in discussions with real life friends and family that they perceive social media as interfering with relationships and having little value. Yet, with the impact of social media in the Arab World with the Arab spring, and the ability to share information that much faster when a child is missing or abducted, or simply to communicate with a husband or wife stationed as a soldier across the world in Afghanistan, social media has its role as a tool in human relationships.
Last Saturday, I joined an amazing group of women bloggers, the Philly Social Media Moms, at a workshop on SEO and monetization at a local Montessori-based school, The Walden School. These women came from all walks of life with varying amounts of blogging experience from the mom sharing her children’s daily stories to the deal blogger to the business person using social media to reach potential customers and build relationships with current ones. We’ve all met in various ways either through social media like chat boards and Facebook groups or real-life connections like school and parenting groups.
Thanks to workshops like Saturday’s, organized by Jo-Lynne of Musings of a Housewife and Trina of O’Boy! Organics, I find myself in a group of women eager to share their knowledge, help each other, and support each other. This time around, we broke the 40+ women down into 3 groups with 3 facilitators/teachers who rotated through the groups during the morning and afternoon sessions to offer their tips on SEO and monetization and lead the discussion.
One of my favorite parts of the workshop was the impromptu quick presentation on Google and authorship by Lynette Young, a Google+ Powerhouse. Thanks to her willingness to answer our questions, I’ve been spending time on Google+ this week getting comfortable and meeting new people who I hope to meet face to face at some point. I’m also seriously considering signing up for Lynette’s new course, Mom Blogger to Social Media Professional.
Carrie of Making Lemonade and Colleen of Classy Mommy
Social Media and blogging are here to stay as part of the human race’s ever constant need to be social and build relationships. Join the conversation!