This Cross Blogging with Dan at WAHumor.com has been fun. Cross Blogging is easy to get started with some like Dan… just ask a few blogger types on a forum if they are interested. Blogger’s are always looking for something new to write about and Cross Blogging stirs up a boat load of new topics.
Dan asked me about staying connected.
Connections are everything these days, or so all the experts real and imagined like to say. What are your favorite ways to stay connected and why?
Skhrrrtttt… (that’s the noise my brain makes when it comes to a screatching halt).
Stay connected? Is that like “stay in touch”? Or – “call when you have time”?
I’m the worst at staying connected. In fact – all my friends and family know they will have to leave a message on the answering machine to talk to me.
- I do love email.
- I am good at text messaging.
- Love to Chat.
- I really like to tweet when I have time.
- I have patience with forum conversations.
That’s “MY” version of staying connected.
I can reach out and start a conversation with almost anyone – as long as it’s via email. What are they going to do? I’ll either get an answer or I won’t. It’s the phone calls that paralyze me at times. I don’t want to “hear” the tone of someones voice when they are blowing sunshine.
Once I got a “QWERTY” keyboard style cell phone… look out! I was armed and dangerous. It seems odd for a Baby Boomer aged gal to need text messaging and Twitter by phone – but I don’t know how to survive without it.
I can chat on Skype with more than one person at a time. It’s fun to get the little pop-up that says someone “needs” to talk to me Right Now! What I love about using Skype chat (or any chat) is that I can continue to work while I chat… and when I need to get “off the phone”… I can just say TTFN. 😉
When Twitter first came on the internet “scene”… I didn’t see a need for it. Then – I started working on Ed Dale’s TDC and I got hooked on Twitter. I was spending too much time with conversations that made me laugh and smile… but didn’t help me get my work done. I learned from Alice Seba how to curb my addiction.
My name is Debra and I’m a Twitterholic.
I’ve had to reform. I went cold turkey for a few months… and now I’m slowly stepping back into Tweeting by my tippy toes.
Some of the best connections I’ve ever made have been on forums. I’ve had chat’s with dozens of like minded “Geeks” on my two favorite private forums… Kelly McCausey’s MomsMasterminds and Lynn Terry’s Self Starter Weekly Tips.
I’ve spent time on public forums and learned a lot… but the powerful – kick in the pants – brainstorming and idea generation that goes on behind the membership areas of forums is amazing.
About a year ago – I was having a “chat” with Alice Seba. She was coaching me through a trouble spot and I asked her quite innocently… “Where can I go to talk with people like me”. (People like me ie: People that are not new to internet marketing but are not so “hot” about themselves that they don’t want to share).
She said ” Haven’t you ever heard of Mom Masterminds? Where have you been?” I don’t know Alice – outer space?
Then… several months ago… I was listening to a Nicole Dean podcast and she recommended Lynn Terry’s Self Starter Weekly Tips forum.
Did I really need to join another membership? I thought not. But… I was wrong. I was chatting with a few gals and they were thrilled with the SSWT forum. They started telling me the things they were involved in on that forum… which are totally different than what I was learning on the MM forum.
So… yep… not wanting to be left out… I joined SSWT private forum.
Long story – Not so short – that’s where I met Dan of WAHumor.com and we started this cross blogging “Chat”.