Blissdom Bliss for Non Bloggers (#5club 2)

blissdom for non bloggers 2I had an awesome and amazing time at Blissdom and I came back with ton of stuff I wanted to share – my Blissdom Bliss

Most of what I learned applies to EVERYONE – not just bloggers and social media junkies.    (as a reminder, even if you aren’t tweeting , your tweens probably are.)

Over the next few weeks, I’m sharing some Blissdom Bliss posts on a random basis.

The very first speaker I heard at Blissdom was Jon Acuff.  It was 5am for the aptly named #5club.

Part one of my notes is in a previous post on Blissdom Bliss.  You can read about why we were meeting at 5am.

Jon Acuff – 5 club

After Jon Acuff woke me up by saying “if you can’t get up early for your dream you the wrong dream” the very next thing he said was

Whenever I have a bad idea I get merch[andise] first.

He went on to talk about having amazing business cards with matching t-shirts and mugs for a dream.

Unfortunately, the dream never took off. It never moved beyond that “I’m dreaming of a clean laundry room” phase.

His point was that not every single dream or idea has worked out. Sometimes, he started trying to execute an idea well before it was fully developed.

(personally, hearing someone who clearly successful talk about how not every dream works out was cool.  if HE messes stuff up, it’s easier to forgive myself when my dreams don’t quite work out.)

 

He went on to confess that his big hit – Stuff Christians Like – was started on a whim. It was an unexpected success that he never planned for.

For my non-blogging friends, there was still some great take-aways from #5club that made it worth waking up before the sun.

  1. Go ahead and claim your name on all new social media, whether you plan on using it or not. Then sit back and wait for it to develop. If it does, you have a great user name. If it doesn’t, you didn’t waste your time.

  2. “Make friends before favors.” It’s common for people to make requests on social media sites that they would never make in person. Before you ask someone to sign a petition, “like” a brand new business venture, or participate in a political discussion, make sure you would feel comfortable doing that in the person’s living room.  Acting the same online and offline is a great policy for every human being on the planet.

  3. Respond to 100 people who like you before the one person who hates you.” (aka “don’t reward the haters.”) It was said in the context of responding to comments on your blog, but it’s equally true in real life or on your Facebook page or inbox. Sometimes, it’s easier to just ignore the hater.  Besides, if you have to talk to 100 people who are nice to you before you have the right to flame the hater, it’s just not worth the effort.

  4. “Tweet where you WERE, not where you ARE.” Particularly if you aren’t with a group. Save your check-ins until you are leaving. It’s a safety thing.

  5. Walk away from social media when you need to. Real life relationships are important. Coming from someone who has a huge amount riding on his ability to continue being awesome and amazing on Twitter, that’s a big statement. No matter who you are, you can find a way to unplug.

Jon Acuff  #5club for Bloggers

Don’t worry; I’m not leaving you out. At the end of Blissdom, we were able to get our hands on an eBook titled 62 things I learned about Social Media.   If you can find a legal way to get your hands on that little eBook, go for it. It’s not mine to distribute, but I can share my notes… and he was talking on the same subject.

  1. Pick two platforms and do really well on them. His point was that no one could be amazing at Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and Pinterest and whatever else is out there. Not if they want a life. So pick two. Dominate them. Make them work for you. And phone in the rest.

  2. “Write about issues, not about individuals.“ Jon Acuff said he learned this the hard way, and that it was awkward. His follow on statement was “don’t write if there isn’t a win in it.” You’ll need to figure out what that means in your own life.

  3. “If you have great seasonal content, repeat it next year.” His point was that if you write a great Christmas post that’s popular, use it again. Very few people will remember it. Even if they do, they won’t mind.

4. Make your content work for you. Jon Acuff talked about writing something down on a post-it note, putting it on Instagram, tweeting the Instagram thing. Then he’d blog the photo of the post-it note and pin it on Pinterest. He took ONE photo and used it everywhere. He also used two visual formats (Instagram and Pinterest) with only his words – using his strengths. He didn’t try to compete on Instagram with his photography skills.

(this is brilliant.)

  1. “There is no rhyme or reason to what is popular. Give yourself Grace.” Jon Acuff talked about posts that he had labored and sweated over (the ones that he poured his heart and soul into) that no one read. Then he mentioned a few that he had “phoned in” that were wildly popular. There’s no way to predict it.

Jon Acuff mentioned on several occasions that it was running a blog can be exhausting. You ALWAYS have to feed it new content.

(that’s very true.  it’s almost like laundry.  it’s never ever finished.)

He also told us he had posts scheduled for Stuff Christians Like through JULY. That’s a full three months ahead.

(probably because he isn’t responsible for doing the laundry at his house.)

So what about that list made it worth getting up before the sun for me?

My little bit of Blissdom Bliss:

tweet where you were not where you are

“tweet where you WERE, not where you ARE.”

That’s a great lesson for a mom who dreams of spending a summer driving to Alaska and back with two kids in the backseat.

And I’m shamelessly using that part about making my content work for me.

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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