Monday, November 26, 2012

Discipline to go the distance

It's been a whole year and eight months since I last posted on this blog.  Those of you who have followed me during that time on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn know how active I have been.  Over that time we have seen the rise of Google+ and the surge of Pinterest.  I have helped create countless Facebook pages and coached a few of you on different platforms.

Believe it or not, I was too busy to even catch wind of Pinterest until a few months ago.  I am happy to say that I have been able to find a whole new set of friends there that I did not know before.  We are learning from each other.

All this experience has helped me to be able to go the distance.  My father called it "burning the midnight oil." When I am a wee bit tired, I can still feel the inspiration I need to keep going.  That is because I love people and connecting people to the resources they need.

Of all the place I have built so far, there is no place where I can put up my feet, reflect, and share what is happening so that you can process it.  It just feels right that I should do it on this blog. Technology is changing so rapidly.  It is impossible to keep up.  I will, however, embrace the resources that have the biggest potential to help build a community on the path of least resistance.
English: Red Pinterest logo
English: Red Pinterest logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will be catching you up with what I have learned over the past year.  I will do it in bite sized pieces because that I how I digest knowledge.  For starters, I worked on cleaning up my Pinterest profile a bit lately.

1.  I updated my profile so that when someone stops by, they can tell exactly what I am about.

2.  I uploaded a professional looking photo.

3.  I converted to a business account.  You can read more about those here:

4.  I began creating covers for my Pinterest boards.  Hopefully they will make people more curious.


5.  I stop by Pinterest a few minutes each day to see what has been shared that I can repin.  I also share my content there.

6.  I decided not to follow people who only have 50 or so followers because I need to keep my number of followers about even with those who follow me.  I did get a notice from Pinterest, so I will be careful not to follow too many folks which is hard to do because so much great content is shared.

I have some advice for those of you who cannot find your niche on Pinterest:  Join anyway and offer the alternative that you do not see.  If you have great visuals and provide a worthwhile tool or service, it is worth the effort.

Genealogy is a topic that would be very difficult to compete with against all the travel, recipe, and craft pins.  I am glad that I was brave enough to take the leap even after not finding to much to offer from the pins, boards, and pinners I searched.  I did try to get a few to join in with me there, but most people saw no reason to join.  You can be that reason for someone!  We will talk again soon.

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  1. Hi Robin,

    This post is right on time. I haven't committed to Pinterest, but have been giving it some thought.


    1. Hi George!

      As a thought leader and with your great visual content, you will find great success on Pinterest if you take the plunge (and I hope you do)! I will be happy to share what I know with you.


    2. Thanks Robin,

      I don't anticipate making the move to Pinterest before the first of the year. At that time I will definitely call upon you to guide me through.