I'm Infected

Last Thursday, Thomas Nelson hosted LifeWork 2.0, a Social Media tutorial created by Spence Smith and Randy Elrod. All in all, there were about 30 attendees from Thomas Nelson and 20 folks from all around the United States. I love Randy and Spence’s energy. Their passion about this stuff is contagious! And I have caught the bug.


It was really fun. And informative. Here were my top 5 takeaways:

  1. I reconnected with the reason why I started blogging. I started blogging because I wanted to create an online network and share my life and experiences with them. I wanted to keep record of my life and my growth.
  2. I decided to move from a wordpress.com blog to a self-hosted blog. I actually decided this a long time ago but I have been dragging my feet. But now I am hungry for it. I want more design options and I want more back end analytics.
  3. I need to do a better job of organizing my posts. Admittedly, I am terrible about this. I need to create a few categories that represent my passions – Books, Food, Social Media, Causes, Religion, Travel, Leadership, Relationships. Also, I need to be more intentional about my use of keywords.
  4. I am going to be more intentional about what I write. (Intentional, that word keeps popping up. It is not just in this post but also in my life that it keeps appearing.) I need to write about things that I am enthusiastic about. Things that naturally fit into the categories above.
  5. And most importantly, I need to write more. A lot more. I am committed to writing three posts a week. I know I can do it. If you start seeing a post that is just a sentence or two, you know I have gotten desperate, really desperate.

And that was just the beginning of what I learned and want to apply. To read what others thought about the seminar, check out the live Twitter feed.

Oh, and if Social Media interests you, don’t take my word for it. Watch for their next LifeWork 2.0 session and sign up here.

Any advice on blogging or Social Media in general for a girl who is still just getting started?

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  • That’s awesome, can’t wait to see your new blog! I’m in the same boat (except really far behind). If I weren’t at work right now, I had actually planned to work on getting my url and learning about self hosting on word press tonight. Look forward to embarking on this journey and seeing how it goes for both of us!

    By the Way, LifeWorks 2.0 was amazing and I’m so glad that I went but don’t go unless you’re ready to be blown away by Randy and Spence!!!!

  • Lindsay…thank you for posting this. It’s inspiring to read and makes me think through my own blog (ahem http://www.kylechowning.com) more.

    By the way, I have a web server and if you want free hosting, I’m game. Just let me know.


  • PS. I would have SO liked to have seen the infection image than the logo one above. haha

  • Awesome! I’m experiencing a lot of the same thought processes. I even had my husband check out dreamhost for me yesterday because I am toeing the line of hosting my own site. Scary, for sure…because then you start dealing with the whole, “but wait…are my thoughts even relevant? do I even have something worth sharing? what if no one reads my blog?” which of course, is silly because i know i have like, 2 subscribers.
    But in all seriousness, I applaud you in your new resolve. 🙂

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  • Awesome post. Share your infection. Also, do not let your new found passion control you, you control the passion. What is a rule to someone else, may not apply to you. Have fun. Enjoy it. If it becomes a burden, breathe and break.

  • You might have done all of this stuff, but I would check out Heather Saunder's website. It has lots of practical instructions in regular English for self-hosting and blogs in general. It helped me a lot when I started my blog. She designed The Pioneer Woman's site.

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