I'm a terrible sleeper.
No, scratch that - I'm a terrible waker-uper.
I set at least two alarms - one placed clear across the bedroom - and hit snooze enough times to wake and enrage BG (rightfully so). While I used to be disciplined enough to rise at 4:45am to write, I'm not disciplined enough to get up at 6am to even go to the gym.
That is, until I got a zen alarm clock (if you've never heard of this, you're not alone. This is one type we've got.)
This morning, progressive bells gently roused me from sleep instead of the heart-palpitation-inducing air raid siren alarms of the past. Slow and steady chimes was the order of the day and damned if it didn't work. I was up and out the door quicker than ever.
What does this have to do with your social media strategy?
I see so many people rush into things. They're scared - "We don't have a Twitter!" - and with a sudden burst they emerge on the scene. They follow 2,000 Twitterers or flood a blog with 20 posts in a week. And what inevitably happens?
They sputter out. They podfade. They don't garner followers or readers or friends.
Is your social media strategy the equivalent of an air raid siren alarm? Is it sudden, panicked, and rushed? These are not qualities of good strategy.
Instead, try a slow, reasoned approach to social media. Develop your tribe over time. Find an audience organically. Give before you get.
Try the zen alarm clock approach to your social media strategy. I can't guarantee you'll succeed, but you will definitely do better (and get more out of it personally) with this approach.
(Image courtesy of Mecridis via Flickr)