30 Ideas for using Twitter for Business – Just in case you still weren’t sure

Old style business communication and marketing
Hastings, UK 
Getting started
1.  Sign up!
2.  Complete your user profile – we want to know who you are. Be interesting and keep it real.
3.  Add a photo/picture/avatar – keep in mind real people like to see real photos – if you’re just an egg it shows you don’t care so why will anyone else.
4.  Find similar businesses to follow – start developing your community – use Twitter search for followers.
5.  Twitter is a conversation – Listen to and Talk to people about THEIR interests.
6.  Be wary Twitter is not a forum for relentless sales people. If you’re  ALWAYS selling or Promoting just your stuff, people will turn off.  Strive for balance.  Understand Twitter is a long term marketing tool.
7.  Follow people/organisations not just in your sector, you can have non-business interests too – be well-rounded.
8.  If more than one person is tweeting on behalf of the business make sure there’s a  policy/understanding in place so there are boundaries and a shared purpose.
9.  Always keep in mind why you’re using Twitter and ensure it adds to your marketing strategy. Use some of the statistical tools available to make sure Twitter is worth the time (therefore money) input.
10. When online be engaged and be helpful.
How to Tweet
11. Have other members of your team tweet if possible. It’s nice to have variety and if it’s one person’s sole responsibility they may get fed up.
12. When promoting a blog post, directing people to a website etc, give a hint what it’s about – give your followers an indication as to why you bothered to write/post it so they can be bothered to follow your link.
13. Ask questions. Twitter is GREAT for getting opinions – people love to share their knowledge and give advice.
14. Follow people who have similar interests but go a step further and see who follows them – follow their followers.  Remember you can unfollow.
15. Re-Tweet (RT) other people’s Tweet. This probably won’t directly impact your business, but you’re seen as someone who shares. Commenting on others’ tweets, and retweeting what others have posted is a great way to build community.
16. Tweet when your audience is online.  The wee hours or weekend are quite often quieter times. Have a break!
17. When you DO talk about your stuff, make it useful/interesting/fun. Give advice, blog posts, pictures, etc.
18. Share the human face of your company. If you’re bothering to tweet, it means you believe social media has a value for connecting people. Be a “human” not a “robot”. Share some personal items but nothing private.  Also share links of interesting events/people/places in your community.
19. Don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back but do share your successes. Share other people’s triumphs as well. Be supportive.  Don’t single-mindedly tweet about you and your business – don’t be an ego maniac. Boring!
20. Point out things of interest things in your field.  Become an expert.  Also share links of interest about your community eg:  events/people.  Be real.
Tips for helping you manage Twitter
21. You don’t have to read every tweet.  If you want to get anything else done in a day, you can’t. And honestly, ALL Tweets are not the same.  Some of them aren’t incredibly interesting.
22. You don’t have to reply to every tweet directed to you – some are robot anyway. But its nice to respond to say a quick thank you
23. Use direct messages (DM) for 1-to-1 and private conversations.
24. Use services like Twitter Search to see if someone’s talking about you.
25. Use a Twitter management tool like Tweetdeck or Hootsuite These tools make it much easier to manage Twitter.
26. Don’t let Social media take over! Be prepared to miss stuff but the good stuff will come around again.
27. Use an URL shortening tool. It helps tidy up your tweets. (the facility is available directly on Hootsuite).  You can also track who follows your links.
28. If someone says you’re doing it wrong, forget it. There are no hard and fast rules for using Twitter. They can unfollow if you if they want.  However, if a lot of people say you’re doing it wrong, well then maybe it’s time to reconsider Twitter as a marketing tool or get someone else to do it for you.
29. Schedule Tweets! You don’t have to be glued to the screen.
30. You can tweet some of your tweets again.  Resend tweets out at different times of the day.  The Twitter audience fluctuates so new people can pick up your old tweets.  Don’t get too repetitive though.
Stopping now 🙂  There is more advice but this is already too much to remember. I’ll save a bit more for later.
One last point and it’s the big one.Top, number one rule (and I’ve said it before, yes, will say it again) always keep in mind when using any form of Social Media for business that:
“People do business with people they know 
and people they like”
 New style communication is on the Web
Hampshire, UK 

10 (Plus 1) Random Golden Rules To keep in Mind When Using Social Media

Ta Dah!  An actual useful, “how to…” post.

The following list is a few choice tidbits on dealing with Social Media – focusing on Twitter and LinkedIn (I’m a long time non-fan of Facebook.  How much time do you have? Yes I’m there but not yet entirely comfortable.).  Of course accompanied by the usual disclaimer – “In my humble opinion the following is very good advice…”

1.  Remember it is a public forum.  “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, does not apply.

2.  Social Media is yet another tool and will not replace any of the tools you are currently using.  You will have to pick your demons carefully because you do not have the time to be brilliant on all platforms and you have to do them well. Choose wisely.

3.  LinkedIn – This social networking site is less about how many than about how good. You are expected to know your contacts and to be able to recommend them to others.  Remember people want to connect to you to use your reputation and access your contacts.

4.  Use LinkedIn to keep in touch.  Supposedly these are your most essential business colleagues.  Make sure they have your most up-to-date details.

5.  Consistency is king! If you use multiply forms of social media, say the same thing on all.

6.  Twitter might be a daft word and tweeting a seemingly frivolous activity.  Still, make an effort to be interesting, informative and real or no one worthwhile will follow you.

 7.  As much as possible (for your own sanity) try to use one social media platform to populate another.  Examples;  Tweet your latest (or relevant) blog posts on Twitter to drive traffic to your blog and website.  Use Tumblr to add content to your blog.  Post your Twitter on your website/LinkedIn. etc

8.  If you don’t want to tweet/blog/connect/follow and you still feel it is an integral part of your marketing plan (because it should be), hire someone else to do it. Delegating is OK, getting help to manage it better is OK too.

9.  THERE ARE NO OVERNIGHT SUCCESS STORIES!  Those people who say they made 3 million pounds in 18 months with their blog, yes they are trying to sell you something!

10.   If you decide Social Media doesn’t work for you, you really don’t have to stay.
How To Permanently Delete Your Account on Popular Websites – Here

Plus 1 – Finally – Always remember:

People do business with people they know and 
people they like!
So you are assured I don’t take myself too seriously:
Me as the reigning queen of Social Media
Surfer’s Paradise, Queensland, Australia – 2005

What’s the Point Of LinkedIn? 7 Tips for Enlightenment

Congratulations!  If you’re reading this, you’re probably getting (or already have) to grips with Social Media.  Some formats are easy to embrace as they are by nature chatty and entertaining.  Everyone from your friends and relations to the neighbour’s dog (honestly Dogs who Twitter) and your favourite celebrity (——– name here), are accessible in the virtual village.
LinkedIn is a little different.  Not that it’s unsociable or unfriendly but it’s where grown-ups go to talk about work.  For some the “fun” factor may be missing, but if you’re not using LinkedIn to promote you and your business, then you’re missing out on a critical opportunity.
LinkedIn has been around since 2002 and it’s a business-oriented networking site used primarily for professionals to “connect” to each other.  Currently there are over 175 million registered users, spanning more than 200 countries.  And it’s a heavily visited website.  As of writing this article,  LinkedIn was the 12th most accessed web site in the UK (see www.alexa.com for even more details).  That’s a lot of traffic.
And the answer….
Manchester, UK – 2009
If that’s not enough incentive to use LinkedIn, here are 7 more reasons why you should stop ignoring it:
1. Do you want to be seen?  A LinkedIn entry ranks very highly on both major search engines Google, and Bing. “Google” someone you know (or yourself if you’re already there) and see for yourself.
2. Increase your visibility.  As I mentioned above, this is a professional networking site.  It’s not for YouTube junkies, students etc. This is a site for proper professionals so reputations matter.
3. Improve your connectability.  By using LinkedIn effectively, you can make who you know, and who knows you, work a lot harder for you.  Flaunt your popularity.  You’re a professional, you should be over that wallflower stage by now!
4. You can do your research early, using LinkedIn to look up company information and viewing people’s profiles.  LinkedIn can be used as a sort of pre-reference check even before you make any formal contact with the company or person who interests you.
5.  Looking for a new job?  There are great job searching tools on LinkedIn.  Not only are there job postings but you can also check out the markets locally, regionally and globally in your fields of interest.
6. Did you get an interview with someone listed on LinkedIn?  Then you can ensure your interview goes more smoothly because you can check them out beforehand.  You can dazzle them at the interview by having something sensible, interesting and relevant to talk about.7.And lastly (for this list anyway) LinkedIn is a great reference tool. There are industry experts on here, ask them anything. You’ll be surprised by the  knowledge base that’s available and how much people love to help.
If you’re serious about your profession and your future and you haven’t signed up to LinkedIn, then you’re running out of excuses.
Finally – HINT HINT – complete your profile as completely as possible.  But that’s another article!
Once you’ve completed your LinkedIn
profile, then you can treat yourself
Mount Buffalo, Victoria, Australia – 2005

8 Clichés That Are True On The Internet And In Business

We all know “times there are a changin” as the virtual world becomes an integral part of your business’s marketing strategy (not to mention your life).

But it’s really not that different from the pre-Internet days, apart from a remarkable change in format. Sometimes old fashioned, hackneyed, over used maxims are still completely appropriate.

Busy as a bee
East Sussex, UK – Aug 20009 

1.  “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” 
Still the first step you have to take when setting up your business.  This will never change, the plunge into the great unknown.

2.  “As ye sow, so shall ye reap.”
Manners matter and professional etiquette is still the only acceptable type of behaviour in the online business world.  You still have to show up on time, play nice and “please” and “thanks yous” never go amiss. Establishing a reputation as a credible business person who is fair and dependable, is probably even more important than ever, as the Internet enables people to reach farther and provides them with a much longer memory.

3. “Burn the candle at both ends.”
Get the rest and sleep you need.  Just because the world has shrunk and everything is running 24/7, doesn’t mean you can or should even try to keep up. You won’t function properly without sleep and your colleagues and clients will be grateful if you stopped storming about and screwing up.  Honestly it’s for you own good. Functioning and awake we can put up with you.  Unreasonable, obstinate and irrational, well, hide the fire arms.

4. “It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye.”
Backup backup backup – I know a lot (OK more than 10) people who have lost data because they didn’t backup.  Family photos — gone.   Essay you’ve been researching for weeks (OK hours) — gone. Reports, invoices, documents blah blah blah — gone.  Hard-drives don’t cost much, aren’t complicated to use and if you haven’t got room for one then use the Cloud. (I could wax lyrically here about Dropbox but will resist)

5.  “A Jack of all trades and a master of none.”
No one can do everything.  It’s your primary responsibility to focus on the success of the product or service that your business provides and to get the help you need to ensure success in the areas where you have little or no talent.  Marketing, social media, human resources, accounting whatever. There is no need to do it all and your business could suffer because of your reluctance to delegate.

6.“Take it with a grain of salt.”
If one person says you’re doing it wrong – ignore them.  If ten people tell you in a week – do something about it!

7.“Go the extra mile.”
I was initially reluctant to do this as I thought 1. who’d listen and 2. if I give my advice for free who’d hire me!?  Upon reflection (and with further experience), now I’m in complete agreement.  Give advice for free. Even better –  give good quality, well thought out, honest advice for free. You’ll develop an excellent reputation as a reliable source and people will want you to provide them with a service because you have shown yourself to have the required knowledge base, the skills and the savvy. They’ll want you because, frankly you’re good at it and they have better things to do.

8. “All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy.” 
Disconnect from the Internet for a day, and go out an play – Digital free days/holidays/weekends away/etc aren’t skiving. They’re an opportunity to get away and reflect on your accomplishments, assess your future and they give you the impetus to come back to the office with renewed vigour.

The Internet has brought with it different ways of doing business but always remember:

“The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
Happily ever after
Goa, India – 2009
Later

We All Love the Internet and Social Media But What’s the Catch?

I love the Internet.

I’ve been online over 20 years (not constantly! there was a lunch break or two) and I don’t want to go back to the “good olde days”.

What’s not to love about being online, chatting and sharing and keeping in the loop.  We like finding out answers to niggling questions instantly and with seemingly little effort.  We enjoy playing games, downloading music, streaming a film.  It’s never been easier to not miss out.

Now I’m going to spoil that mild reverie with a timely reminder that the cybersphere isn’t all unicorns and rainbows.  Like all good things there’s another side and I’m opening that can of worms for just a moment.

Here be dragons
Gastown, Vancouver, Canada

Controversies? Many!

To list a few there is:

– the debate about the Internet’s overall effect on learning and understanding – see Nicholas Carr – “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”

– the growing phenomena of “moral disengagement” – people becoming online bullies as they feel safe hiding behind a computer screen (anonymity) – the more distance someone has from the consequences of their actions the easier it is for them not to care

– governments shutting down libraries across the world because everyone can get what they need online – Really!!?

– Wikileaks – who has the right to know what, how much, when….

– Google’s massive Library digitisation project – who should store all this information, who has access, what are the restrictions?

– Copyright issues

and finally,

Privacy issues – is our concept of privacy changing and does it make a difference? Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook doesn’t think privacy matters anymore.  Again – Really!!?

 Shhhhh?  It’s private. Don’t tell!
Longmynd Hotel, Church Stretton, UK

A few points to ponder on.

Not that I’m going to delete my online existence and go off-grid.  But if you’re serious you could permanently delete your account on a number of popular websites.  A tad extreme but always an option.

OK, I’m done now adding a touch of reality to your day.
I’m going to read a book (and then sneak back onto the Internet…….)
later
J

Please Stop Doing That #2 – What’s Driving Me Crazy About Your Twitter Stream

The use and abuse of the Twitter stream and what can be done about it. A few thoughts on doing better as it’s getting noisy out there and you’ll have more success if you shine than if you …… don’t.       

* Note:  As before I’m claiming some authority on this subject due to painstakingly acquired experience and years of geeky knowledge.  I’m trying to use my powers for good and point out a few possible foibles you may suffer from and to direct some people to the “naughty step” if I have to!

A (loose) dozen things to stop doing:

1.   Your stream is all about you!!!!!!!  Me, me, me and blah, blah, blah.  The absolutely key to an effective Social Media strategy is understanding it’s a communication tool and that communication needs to go both ways.

 2.  When you have NOTHING to say – you say it anyway.  Relentlessly.  Musing is fine, but endlessly pondering your navel is not OK.  Maybe you need to get out more?

3.   You don’t interact.  You never RT, you don’t re-share anyone else’s great stuff and if someone does share something you said you never say thank you.  Rude!  And you’re surprised no one wants to talk to you!!!!

Alone and wondering why?
Shropshire 2012

4.  You share nothing original and only RT.  Um…. your point?

5.  You know where I can get a free iPad.  Really!!!?  Aren’t we done with this one yet?

6. You’re still just talking about you.

7.  You promise me that if I follow you, you will teach me the secrets to finding 1,000,000 new followers.  Liar!  Almost as old and as bad as telling me I have a long lost uncle in the jungle and if I send you £250,00 to your Cayman Island bank account……

8. I don’t understand you.  Obviously you are 2G2BT but I 404 what you are saying so ,!!!!  

(the translation – Obviously you are to good to be true, but I don’t understand what you are saying, so talk to the hand)

9.  You tweet too much!  My Twitter stream is full of you.  Seriously, you do need to get out more.

10.  Um, it’s still just about you.  Yes, I’ve mentioned this before, TWICE!  It’s THAT irritating.

Be good and you can have cake!
Oxfordshire – 2011

11. You automate your tweets (I’m fine with that) but they all come at me one right after the other.  There’s no opportunity to see what could be of interest because it’s overwhelming and I’m off.

12  You’re always asking for stuff.  Please RT this, pass on that, my cat is swimming the channel for charity please sponsor him (10th time this year), donate to that, Does anyone have one of these (for free) ….. and so on.

OK done the rant now.  If anyone has any Twitter grievances I haven’t mentioned, please let me know.  We can commiserate together

Continuing my mission to make the Internet a more inviting place for humans.

Later

J

Relax
Reading, 2012

Please Stop Doing That – #1 – Your Website

This is the first of a series of blogs I intend to write on what you (some of you) are doing wrong and plead with you to STOP IT!!!!!!

What are my credentials?:

  • 20 plus years on the Internet.  Yes, I’ve been online THAT long
  •  A Masters Degree in everything (Information Studies, from a university you would recognize)
  • the nous to tell you what you don’t want to hear, for your own good

I’m striving to make the Internet a better place for humans.

Because you don’t want this to be your website traffic
St Laurence’s, Shropshire

This first article is directed at your website

Please Stop: 

1.  Any kind of audio.  No music, no backtracks, no videos starting up when the page opens (yes you, Youtube!).  It’s not clever, it’s annoying.  And tedious.

2.  Really, really, really big files that take forever to load – Bored now, leaving……. Speed matter check it here

3.  Ads!  So many of them.  Buy this!  Go here! My book!  My awesome seminar!  Get updates email to you here! – You sound so needy.  Self esteem issues perhaps?

 4.  Things that move, things that swirl, things that blink, things that have a life of their own.  Do you remember the helpful, jiggling paper clip on Microsoft Office, who popped up every 30 seconds?  Did you note the PAST tense!

5.   Overzealous claims.  Subscribe to this blog and you will lose 50 pounds! Don’t believe you already.  Don’t undermine your credibility from the start.

 6.  Don’t leave in dead links.  We can’t find you and won’t make the effort.

7.  A colour scheme that matches the grout in my bathroom.  Beige is beige not biscuit, or fawn or stone, and a rainbow banner won’t make you interesting.

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Here I’ll do that again

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Get it?

Hope this helps.  I do mean well.  Well, at least I mean something.

Thank you for reading.

Later

J

 

A sweetie for you, in case I hurt your feelings
Sparkles,  Manchester

 

Oh Dear – The Cunning Plan That Didn’t Quite Work

As many things it started off so well and I had such good intentions (yes the big sign before you hit the road to Hell!).

Also as with many things, it didn’t quite go as expected.


Being honest here, for the last few weeks it hasn’t really gone at all. But it’s Christmas! Back to being practical now, on a scale of one to 10, this location independent working without my Mac is about a five.

Victoria, Australia – March 2005

What went right (because there were a few things that did):
– I have still very successfully been able to manage my LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, 
– I’ve update The Honest Blogger regularly and, well, my blogging has been a bit scarce and yes, I could have done it more often.  That’s a big human fault and nothing to do with managing IT in the Cloud or being multi-locational.  
– I’ve taken a lot of photos and been able to add a few shots to my portfolio
– Emailing as been a breeze and everyone still knows I’m in the loop.  Its great to not be forgotten!

St. Pancras, London, UK – October 2007

What didn’t go right:
– Via the Internet, I have access to my Dropbox and Evernotes but I can only used half of what these applications have to offer as I can’t down load them on to “borrowed” computers.  I can get t them online but I’m not able able to add anything.  A bigger hazard than I anticipated. I have many notes in my Moleskin.  Written notes, how quaint.
– I haven’t been able to edit any of my photos properly.  The quality of screens I have been “borrowing” aren’t adequate and the photo editing  programs generally available aren’t flexible enough.
– A few of the databases and records I manage for my clients aren’t quite as up-to-date as I would generally like (my clients are happy, I just have very high standards) as using memory sticks has just become a pain, doable, but a pain.
– Working conditions have been extremely variable and at times too interesting (right now I have a dog on my knee).  And often too interesting in almost a good way but not a good way if you have to concentrate.  I can’t work consistently at a coffee shop or the like as there is always something going on that’s a lot more fun than what I’m doing. I need to get my head down at the library sometimes as  I can have a dreadful attention span.

Havanna, Cuba – April 2004

Conclusions (there are ways around these “inconveniences”):
1. Better planning.
2. Better discipline – there are few excuses for a lax blogger
3. And finally, bring the “office”!

What I will actually do:

Two things:

1.  Plan better and be more disciplined!!!!!
2.  For short trips i.e. a weekend.  I will leave the Mac at home – Unless the trip is specifically for work.  I still believe in Digital Free Days
3.  For long trips I still don’t want to haul my “office” – the Mac BookPro is still a lot of kit to trek about considering I have to take my camera and assorted sundries.  

Solution?

I’m buying a iPad.

Digital Experiment 2 – Location Independence – Does it Really Work?

Never one to keep life simple, I’m currently running two opposing experiments.

     1.  I’m still trying to wean myself off my intensely digital life and have one digital free day week 
     2.  I’m 4,500 miles away from my usual work place and will continue to manage my business with my clients with my usual efficiency

    Tricky ? Perhaps.  Impossible? Never!

 Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, UK – Nov 2010

Experiment No. 1’s update –   The last two weeks have been a success.  I have had two days off.  Weekends are best and so far no adverse hardships.  The first day off was at home so a bit tough because all my electronic toys beckoned.  I was strong!  I went running, read a book, met up with friends and carved a pumpkin for Hallowe’en.  It wasn’t really a question of strength of character; I think my relationship with all things digital is more habit than anything.

The second day off was also pretty easy.  I went away for the weekend and I went toyless, so no temptation.

Two gold stars then!

Fireworks  – Oxford, UK – Nov 2010
Now for experiment number two.  Geographically I’m generally located in a small, bucolic, English village.  But being a bit of a yoyo (from Britain, raised in Canada, went back to Britain, now back in Canada – are you keeping up here?), I’m a bit farther away from my office than usual.

As I’m self employed it’s essential I stay in contact with my clients so I can manage their projects, respond to their enquires and participate as much as possible in the usual running of things.  Also it’s important that I stay in the loop with local businesses and my other colleagues.  I need to ensure they don’t ever think they can do without me (because they can’t).

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, UK – Nov 2010
Some of my clients were quite apprehensive about this location independent idea, but as I explained to them (repeatedly), 95% of what I do for them is on a computer and most of our communication is via email – so what’s the difference between 2 miles and a few thousand.

And after 6 days, the answer is – nothing!

Currently my location independent toolkit consists of:

Dropbox
Evernotes
Yahoo Mail
16 GB memory stick
2 X4 GB and 2X1 GB memory cards (for my camera)

For an extra challenge I didn’t bring my laptop as I really, really couldn’t be bothered to carry it.  Idiot, I hear you say.  Nope, in this case it’s not the stupid decision it sounds.  I know where and who I’m staying with on this trip.  There are a lot of computers I can use.  And yes, ones I can trust. Only trick so far is I need to remember to delete my existence once in a while.

If the situation was any different I would have brought the beast.

So now I will have to keep you updated on two experiments.
  1.   To reduce my digital use (dependency?)
  2.   To extend my working environment by increased digital use


I’ll let you know what strategies I come up with!

Later



J

“The brave die never, though they sleep in dust:
Their courage nerves a thousand living men.”  
Minot J. Savage

Thought for Remembrance Day – November 11, 2010
 

The Internet and How I’m Going to Wean Myself Off It

I’ve spent a great deal of time in the last few months on the Internet.  Probably (not probably, very actually) too much time.  Strolling, trolling, sifting, sorting and a whole lot of meandering has been taking place.

Rain – Shropshire, UK – 2010


These wanderings haven’t been completely aimless as there is a point.  As a reformed librarian (read that as Information Goddess) I’m extremely interested in: 1. what sort of information other people are interested in and why, and 2. how to use the Internet and its tools (eg social media, the Cloud, online resources etc) more effectively.  So, see it’s work! Indeed my curiosity and, therefore my business, depends on my ability to sift through the “stuff” to find out what people need to know (very different from want, that’s a another chapter).

And there is A LOT of stuff in the ether.  There’s a lot of clever, gorgeous, mind-blowing stuff, quite a bit of mundane yet useful stuff, and vast waste lands of “OMG why did they bother???!!!” stuff.

Mad Eye – Manchester, UK – 2009


Sadly percentage wise, 86.4% (how to lie with statistics – that’s a fictitious stat, but I’m sure the number is high), of the visible Net is “OMG What were they thinking!”.  Like with driving, you feel there should be a test to pass before people are allowed to upload to the Internet.  Really, there are some treasures out there (and some that should be buried!)

I expect we are supposed to be egalitarian about the Internet, so anyone can come to play.  But I, for one, don’t have to pay attention.

Mad Eye 2 – Manchester, UK – 2009



Which comes nicely to the point of this blog (yes I have very long introductions).  The Internet is wonderful and exciting but also not.  I think its a brilliant platform for many people, organisations and assorted humanity but for many more it’s just another empty space to fill up.  Like a loft.

I’ll continue to spend too much time on the Internet, but feel (for me anyway) that I need to get away from the “empty space” sometimes, and even the mind-blowing stuff en masse, can lose their WOW factor due to over indulgence.   

The WOW Factor – Powys, UK – 2009



I’m going to spend more quality time with some of my favourite carbon based life forms (e.g. family, friend, colleagues, friends’ pets).  Or, get this, a book!

I’m going to instigate digital free days.  As I’m self employed this has to be feasible so it’s not a total ban.     


 
Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland, UK – 2009

My new rules for DF day:

At least one day a week, I pledge;
– not to use the Internet,
– to keep the computers turned off and not to sneaking off to a friend’s to use their’s
– my antique mobile phone will still be checked for messages but not on all day

– no Twitter (not even scheduled messages)
– no blogging here or on Tumblr (but I can make handwritten notes :-))
– radio is OK, CD collection is better, no TV

*Caveat – If someone else has an emergency that I have to deal with, then all rules can be broken.

Wish me luck.

Later

J

Wild – Long Mynd, Shropshire, UK – 2009