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Stop gaming the social networks

If you want more followers on social media, create and curate great content that adds value to their lives, don’t game the system by randomly following a ton of people in the hope they’ll follow back. It doesn’t add value to you or to them, it just adds numbers to your bottom line. But quantity […]

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The new generation is stupid

The kids leaving school and college today don’t know how the world works. They don’t listen to us when we tell them the natural order of things. They won’t learn what we give them to learn. They set about doing things that they should learn from their elders all by themselves – trial and error, […]

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Go analogue

Gretchen Rubin of the Happiness Project helped me realise the importance of going analogue in some situations. She’s a big note-take (much like me) and uses a small notebook to write things down in every day conversations, which she spoke about in her post with tips for making people feel smart. It made me think: […]

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Simple as…

I was reading a piece online recently that promised 5 tips on how to kickstart your social media success for small businesses. Tip 1: “Sign up to networks and get a following.” I stopped reading after that. Anyone who thinks “sign up and get a following” is useful advice to people who don’t know or […]

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On social automation

There are all kinds of ways to automate your social media now and there are all kinds of opinions on whether or not you should. I think both sides of the argument are right. You can’t automate opinion or conversation, but you can automate your sharing. Think of it this way: if you spend 30 […]

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Thank everybody

I’ve talked about the ‘be everywhere’ strategy before and never is it more important than saying thanks. I wrote a guest post for ManVsDebt that was picked up on another site doing a blog post round up. I got a notification through Talkwater1, clicked through and (naturally) enjoyed their praise, so I reached out and […]

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Excuse typos

A colleague I work with has a signature set when he sends email from his phone. “Sent from my iPhone, please excuse typos.” No, I won’t. It’s a disappointing symptom (or result?) of our always-on culture that people feel they have to respond to everything constantly, even while on the move. But if you don’t […]

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On endings

All good things come to an end. I’m not sure who said it, but it’s true. It’s equally true that bad things end, too. “Everything will be alright in the end. And if it’s not alright, it’s not the end.” Unknown. Recognising and preparing for endings is what makes them palatable, what helps us to […]

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RIP Robert West

Today has been a tough day. I’ve been stressed out, too much on my plate, troubles at work and worries at home – everything seemed to be getting on top of me and bringing me down. Then I found out a man I never met died and it brought me right down to earth, making […]

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