Blogging led me to Twitter which led me to blogging.
A good friend of mine said for years that I was a frustrated writer. Once I learned what a blog was I immediately wanted to write one. However, it took me a couple of years to figure out what I would write about. I was all why on Earth would anyone want to read anything that I have to say? I am the most boring person I know. (I know a lot of really interesting people but still.)
And then one day it hit me. I am was a distance runner and I would write about that. (I will be a distance runner again. I will so SHUT UP.)
I set up my blog in Blogger (mistake #1. duh.) and I put all kinds of stuff on it like links to my favorite running shoes and iPod and Clif Bars and energy gels, Gu. (Yes that is an actual thing. Stop laughing. They work. You go run 20 miles without any and tell me how you like it.)
My first five or six posts were about running like how I got started running and how I learned all kinds of interesting things about distance running the hard way ( it was HARD. for real. it was really, really hard. that’s not what this is about and I don’t mean to discourage you because I think distance running it is completely awesome but it really was difficult my first year I’m not going to lie) and how far I ran that day.
And then that got old really quickly and I started blogging about my life. Really boring mundane things about my life like watching Tina Fey make fun of Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live etc.
It was a completely boring blog. No one read my blog. Even when I begged people to read my blog they would not read it. I didn’t even read my blog.
It was an astonishingly boring blog.
I am not making this up.
To protect myself from further embarrassment I locked my blog. A few people on Twitter wanted to know why I locked it and asked me to give them access. I know now that they were just trying to be nice since they knew how humiliating it must be to be the owner of such a horrible and embarrassing blog and they did not want me to throw myself in front of a train because that could get really messy not to mention it would hold up the train from getting where it needed to go and that is a P.I.T.A. especially if it is a passenger train.
Anyway until I started writing my own blog I had never read one. I know this seems backwards. It is. That is just how I roll. So I started doing some searching and somehow I found this blog Going Through the Motions. I love this blog. It is the very first blog I ever read and it’s still one of my favorites. Anyway she had a widget on the side of it and I could see little things she said to other people somehow which really intrigued me so I clicked on it and right then I discovered Twitter and my life was changed forever. In a good way. In so many good ways. That is another post entirely. STAY ON TOPIC.
Well, the moment I discovered Twitter I signed up.
I linked it to my wretched blog and do not even try to find my first blog because I did the entire blogosphere a huge favor and deleted it. And I became so much more interested in being on Twitter than in writing on my boring blog and basically I pretty much quit blogging and I just tweeted. I think I liked Twitter better because I could just ignore my albatross of a blog and pretend it didn’t exist and plus I could interact with people and make new friends and discover all kinds of new ideas and information I never knew existed.
Seriously. It was kind of like a re-birth for me.
Anyway for about a year I did not blog at all and then I created my professional Twitter account @StephanieALloyd f.k.a. @ATLRecruiter because I felt I’d learned enough about Twitter at that point that I could apply it in my professional life as well.
Eventually I deleted my first Twitter account and now I only use @StephanieALloyd. At first on this Twitter account I only tweeted about work stuff and that didn’t go well at all. It was incredibly boring and no one cared. I’d go for days or even weeks without tweeting from this account because I’d forget about it because it was so boring. I wasn’t interacting with anyone really and I was just disseminating information about job searching and interviewing etc. 1-800-YAWN.
Once I decided to just be me on @StephanieALloyd it became a whole lot more fun and I started to develop meaningful relationships with people and all kinds of good things started to happen and I met people who convinced me to try new things like when Miriam Salpeter who owns @Keppie_Careers convinced me to apply to write for Examiner so I did and now I do. And then she and and Michael Long @TheRedRecruiter convinced me to start a blog. They said it would help my business. So I did. Obviously because you are reading this on my blog right now.
On Twitter I also met the fabulous @JennyDeVaughn and she convinced me to change my Twitter name from @ATLRecruiter to @StephanieALloyd and now we are planning THE SOCIAL RECRUITING EVENT OF 2010 in Atlanta so please stay tuned for details. And I connected with @ErikWolf who asked me to be on Gravity Free Radio and I was and there I met Stephanie Frost @swfrost and we now are planning the first ever Atlanta Chicks Tweetup along with @RachelWriter. There are so many more completely awesome people that I’ve met on Twitter and opportunities that have come about as a result and I could go on and on but you don’t have all day because you have an actual life so I won’t.
For my next trick I will write about why you should write a blog too. Please come back and read it. Thank you.