If you are following me on my social media channels, then you may have noticed that I have been in the fabulous South Florida area for the 2nd annual Niche Parent Conference. The conference is all about empowering moms and dads in the blogoshphere and helping them connect, network, and take their blogs and social media platforms to the next level. On Friday, I presented a session called SHINE: How To Use Your Blogging Powers for Good. I was asked by several followers if my presentation would be available online for those of you who could not be here at the conference, and while I did a more hands-on session and discussion, I did not utilize Power Point.
I am, however, going to share some notes and takeaways from the session, as I focused on how our voices can be used to create a movement. You can check out the notes from my presentation below:
*Why do you blog? If it is to help or inspire others, you are already doing social good. But why not take that a step further by building your own social good campaign and/or movement that gives back? You can do this globally with the help of social media.
*Does your blog have a mission statement or vision statement? If so, does it include giving back to the community? Giving back is a way to be fulfilled in many areas. Yes, many of us blog to make a living but you can also do so helping others.
*Giving back doesn’t always have to be political. It can be something that you feel strongly about—like promoting women owned businesses, saving money, literacy, etc. It’s not just about politics or black and white issues.
*When you give back and do social good on your site, there may be blowback and negativity in regards to comments. Do not feed into drama.
* DRAMA should = Do Right—Always Manage Anger. Do not feed the trolls. Do not give them power.
*Ban the term “haters”. Calling them that gives them the power. Take back your power and do good with it.
*Organize a tribe and have them help you with your social good campaign or movement.
*Give back on your blog. Dedicate at least one blog post per month to social good.
*Do not be afraid to speak out. You may lose 1 follower but gain 15.
*Use your social good to build bridges.
*Get local and get offline. Social campaigns are great. But going offline to help is where the magic happens.
*CHANGE THE GAME. Do something that hasn’t been done before. Put a new twist on an old idea.
Here are a few tweets from those who shared bits of my discussion on Twitter:
— Amiyrah Martin (@4hatsandfrugal) September 6, 2013
— Elisa Batista (@ElisaBatista) September 6, 2013
— monifabandele (@monifabandele) September 6, 2013
— RonnieTyler (@RonnieTyler) September 6, 2013
I feel strongly about using your platform to inform, inspire, and create intelligent dialog. I hope that if you aren’t already, you begin using your blogging powers for good.
Thanks to Nadia and Niche Parent for the opportunity to speak.