This has been an interesting assignment to say the least. By using this blog as a central platform to launch messages, I’ve been able to figure out what tools work and what tools don’t.
I’m surprised to say that Storify is probably the most effective tool for reaching out to complete strangers. The ability to tag and notify people when you “quote” them in a story is pretty handy, and I noticed at least a few people enjoyed being a part of a story.
Twitter has been hit or miss for me personally. It seems like I would need to put A LOT more time into maintaining an active Twitter persona if I wanted to build an active follower base. As mentioned yesterday, the site has mostly become a platform to talk to my girlfriend. Less than professional? Maybe. Fun, social, and okay for the public to see? You betcha.
I can’t say I’m on my way to becoming a viral YouTube star. My video so far has about six views, at least a third of which are from checking on the video to make sure it embedded correctly. I feel more comfortable with going on video now than I did before, though I’m sure I could improve on, well, everything (from noisy neighbors and poor video centering to ad-libbing a voice over and doing everything in a single take).
Facebook has been moderately successful in self-promotion. My friend and family have taken note of what I post, but I’m pretty sure they’d do that anyways.
All in all, I don’t expect to go viral, or really even get that many readers. After getting half way through this assignment I came to the realization that there are tons of guys (and some girls I assume) who make a living doing this kind of thing. They have way better funding and much more time to produce content. That being said, I do like writing about what I love when I have time to do so.
Let’s see how summer looks. This isn’t goodbye, it’s see you later.