Help me; I need a social media assistant

Seriously.

I am on a roll at work and not about to take my eye off the ball right now. While I haven’t had any walk off home runs this year, I have had some nice hits so far and there is still plenty on the table for me to eat. And we all know fat boy gotsta eat…

This has made me an online spectator lately; almost exclusively, but maybe that has been me all along anyway.

I was really never that good to begin with. Oh, there was a day I could ‘just show up,’ with the best of them because that is what I can do oh so well and it generated plenty of activity; but it really wasn’t sustainable and the only hey look at me list I was making was the ‘nice guy’ list. And you know where they finish, right?

That’s not a bad thing though, because if I would have really blown up and been the next big thing and had all these people clamoring for me to co-host a site or a weekly column or anything with a set schedule, I might have disappointed them. I still find it difficult to even do a guest-post, as I still have several requests on the table.

But I really do have game, just ask me…:).

Then why do you need an assistant?

Because I like playing in this game. I like meeting people and learning from each and everyone of them.

I have been around long enough to know most of what you are supposed to be doing if you want to be considered somebody in here; but I am also socially lazy, just show up = very little heavy lifting.

If I had an assistant, they could make sure I have just the right amount of presence on all the appropriate platforms; they could schedule when and where I need to show up and make sure I say just the right thing, and they could make me look good. And lord knows I need all of the help I can get there.

But that wouldn’t be real.

Bullshit.

Real enough, and it would keep me engaged.

But since my wife wants absolutely no part of this job, I guess anybody else would want to be paid, huh?

Can’t you do it for me just because you like me and I really am a ‘nice guy?’

Because of my lack of presence lately I can already see the drop off, but my concern is when do I actually become totally irrelevant? The flip side I suppose, why should I care if I’m not making any money at this gig anyway. I guess it’s because I like to succeed regardless if I’m getting paid or not.

You ham bone Dorman, you just like the attention.

Busted.

Do you know what time it is?

It’s not Howdy Doody time, which was before my time BTW, it’s my blogging anniversary. March 4, 2013 is officially my 2-yr mark. I guess that makes me a survivor; a survivor of what I’m not sure, but here I am still crying out in the wilderness.

I would like to mention a few people who were actually around those early days and somehow, someway, are still around now. I know, I can’t believe it either.

My very first effort was titled This is it? Really? I was pretty nervous when I finally hit the publish button. It opened the flood gates, I had a crowd of one show up. I rolled out the Invisible Blogger moniker because as a recreational blogger I did not expect to gain much traction at all.

At my current pace it looks like we might see that guy again soon, if he’s not already here.

My dear friend Lori Gosselin from Life, For Instance was one of the first and showed up on my I used to be a Twitter Ho post for 3/13/11. We were thick as thieves for a very long time and then life got in the way for both of us. We still know where to find each other and I’m glad I can still call her a friend.

If anyone deserves a medal, it’s Carolyn Nicander Mohr from @WonderofTech; she showed up on March 28, 2011 and has been here ever since. She is always so supportive and gives me way more credit than I deserve, but probably one of the main reasons I find blogging worthwhile. Also, because she’s a member of the Florida Bar, that means she has some Florida Cracker in her too…:).

Finally, on April 12, 2011, one month into this gig, I had @MarkHarai, @TheJackB, @BarrettRossie and @AdrienneSmith arrive. Barrett and Mark had a little bump in the road along the way similar to what I am experiencing now, but I can count on those two clowns to still show up on a pretty regular basis.

And I would be remiss if I failed to mention the incomparable everyone’s best friend Ms Gini D, who I blame give credit to for getting me into this; she showed her lovely face on April 12th too.

What have you learned?

Well, if comments were money I might have been able to buy a Venti Redeye at Starbucks. Actually, I was hoping to hit the 10,000 comment mark on my anniversary and I’m only 101 shy, but it appears we might have to wait a few posts to hit that milestone.

I learned whereas we might take some of this stuff pretty seriously, most of it doesn’t mean squat in the big scheme of things. I say, just keep your head down and do the best you can and let everything else just take care of itself.

I have many, many more dear friends I have acquired along the way, but this post was reserved for the earliest and the longest in tenure.

This just goes to show you if a knucklehead like me can do it, it can be done.

I will end by saying, “I’m still standing” and in the world of ever changing social, that should be good for something I suppose. At least one ‘attaboy award,’ right?

Thanks for riding shotgun, I have enjoyed the ride.

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44 thoughts on “Help me; I need a social media assistant

  1. Happy Blogaversary Bill! Two years is a big deal! You’re so funny: “the only hey look at me list I was making was the ‘nice guy’ list. And you know where they finish, right?” Nah – not here in the B! Authenticity rules here and you’re the King of authenticity.
    Things sure have changed since we started and this guy named Bill showed up at LFI! I could leave the porch for days and Bill would take care of pouring tea and lemonade and passing out cookies! We both did get busier but that’s not necessarily a bad thing – it’s a challenge!
    But we always find time to get to our friends’s porches! Maybe not every time, and maybe not early in the party, or while the party is going on, but we get there.
    What an ever-changing place it is here in Social. I’ve narrowed my platform count down to Twitter, FB and Pinterest! (:o ) And I’m trying out a new system of organizing my time. I’ll let you know if it works but it feels good so far!
    You’re still standing and yes, here that means something! No, it means A LOT! Congratulations Bill!
    Lori

    • Hey Lori, yes, we had some nice, comfortable, pretty fun times back in the day. You house was an easy house to hang out at.

      Somewhat similar to social, just about the time I try to put my day job on cruise control bad things start to happen. You have to be very vigilant and diligent not only to maintain what you have, but continue to grow to make up for the natural slippage that will occur. Since that is my paying gig, I need to show up ready to play each and every day. The good news is, my efforts have paid off nicely so far this year so I want to ride that wave as long as I can.

      We are finally to the point where the smiles on our faces are legitimate and not forced.

      I suppose I could jump back in hot and heavy after hours at home, but I think I’m liking my ‘me’ time pretty nicely right now. I’m certainly not closing any doors so there is no pressure to make any life altering decisions; I’m just trying to stay relevant enough somebody will show up.

      Good to see you; thanks for showing up at the 2-yr mark.

  2. Congratulations Bill on your two year anniversary. You are not alone in crying out in the wilderness as many of us our part of the pack still baying at the moon. Remember it is not the dog in the fight but the fight in the dog. Your list of notable fan attributions will keep you in the game. My hope for you with this comment is to help you on your way to the 101 mark ;).

    • I’m getting closer…if I respond to each one that will only leave about 80 to go…:). The interesting thing is, at 10,000 comments and 163 posts that still equals about 61+ comments a post, huh? Whew, must have had a lot more activity in my early days I suppose. It is interesting to go back and see who visited then and see if they are still out in the blogosphere today. I would say it’s about half and half.

      Thanks so much for stopping by on this momentous day; always a pleasure to see you.

  3. First, happy birthday to your blog! I remember Invisible Blogger and when you switched over to your own domain. Ahhhh…you’re come a long way. I’m not sure you can blame me, though. All I did was buy you free drinks.

    • Well, at least you had tickets for free drinks; Mr Goofus was guzzling the drinks down at the bar at about $15 per…:). You made me nervous, I was meeting with the anointed one. That was a fun night, I was glad we were able to get an hour of your time before the event.

      No blame to you; I certainly wouldn’t still be around if I didn’t enjoy it. Yes, sometimes I still have to ask myself why, but if nothing else I still have a seat at the table.

      Thanks for stopping by; let’s see what 2013 has in store. I know I’m excited and hope you are as well.

    • Thanks Ms K, you are a long timer too and could have easily been mentioned as well, but I just looked at my first two or three posts to see who made an appearance first. Your guest post still has the most comments of any post from here…:).

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

  4. Happy blogiversary, Bill! You can now join our Two Year Club, we saved a spot for you.

    Thanks for the medal, but tagging along for the ride was easy peasy, except for that part where you made us sweat when you threatened to quit. Oh wait, that was pretty much every week. ;-P

    Here’s to many more years of entertaining and enlightening us with your wisdom, grace, charm and humor.

    • It is about every week, isn’t it? I sure can run hot and cold in here….good thing they aren’t paying me for this. I saw a FB post from Mark Shaefer and he was saying how hard it can be when it is your job to create, having to create something every day. It made me think I sure am glad to be the ‘just show up’ guy, because all I have to do is ‘just show up.’ Now that’s easy peasy…..

      It might be somewhat of a hobby for me for now, but I enjoy it and it keeps me plugged in to some degree. I’m hanging on, so let’s see what next week will bring…:).

      Always a pleasure, so good to see you.

  5. Attaboy, sir! Congrats on your blogaversary. I’m also glad to hear that things are going so well for you at work. Maybe, you can put some time into that novel. [grin]

    • I actually do have the time, because I have gone to being a slug again after hours; that was when I was getting a lot of my social in before. I have been doing a lot of reading however, so that is kind of like practice, right?

      Good to see you, thanks for the visit.

  6. So many friends hitting their two-year blogiversary this year – Kaarina, Adam, you… congratulations! Btw – just because I don’t always comment doesn’t mean I don’t always read. ;) I’m here, but a silent spectator because I’m also trying to grapple with a lot, as you know. FWIW, I don’t think you’ll ever be irrelevant. Just my $0.02.

    • Oh trust me, no explanations needed. If I pop in somebody’s place on the weekend, I am lucky. I guess part of it came when I took my first hiatus and the realization I was not ready to do more than a personal blog at this time, that it really didn’t matter all that much. However, I still want to maintain some sense of decorum in here.

      It’s keeping my seat at the table for now; life’s a journey, let’s see where 2013 takes us.

  7. Not you too? I have been pitching for an assistant forever. My wife said no too. Damn. Funny thing is Gini’s not returning my calls either. It’s just plain weird.

    • When you are big time like Gini I don’t think you have to return calls…….nah, we no better than that, if anybody is the real deal it is certainly her.

      When are you coming down? It’s been a little chilly this week, like what the h**l kind of chilly; make it stop.

      Thanks for stopping by, much appreciated.

  8. Congratulations on your accomplishment, Bill! : )

    I wonder what would happen if you put everything you’ve really got behind your work here?

    All I know is the ‘real’ Bill Dorman always shows up and I absolutely know it’s because you have something to give, not to gain.

    Can’t say that about most folks; especially once their head gets too big to fit through doors.

    Don’t get me wrong, I can certainly see how big your head has gotten; but it will never get as big as your heart.

    This is why you can still fit through doors :o

    I appreciate you, Bill – thanks for being a great connection and good friend – looking forward to what the next two years holds : )

    • Oh yeah, that melon of mine sho do look big at times…:).

      I guess getting ‘all in’ would almost be like jumping off a cliff. I think that is why I just drug my feet in an ‘aw shucks’ kind of way so any success I had would be like it was a surprise. There are certainly many things I could have tightened up to look more professional in here, but the one thing I have been consistent with is what you see is what you get. For what it’s worth, right?

      I appreciate you too sir; you are a good man indeed. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Happy Blogaversary Bill! You made it and you’re still here. Okay, barely hanging on since you need an assistant now. Boy, I could use one of them too so when you find a good one let me know. ;-)

    You’ve been blogging two years now! Has it been that long? I remember seeing you all over the place so I finally had to stop by and boy were you one popular guy. I still believe you are in my book and some of us old faithfuls will continue to hang around whether you want us to or not. And thank you by the way for the mention, I appreciate that. I just enjoy you Bill!

    Congrats and you’ll make that 10,000 mark in the very near future. It’s just around the corner.

    We love you Bill!

    ~Adrienne

    • Two years….at times it seems like a lifetime ago and others it seems like yesterday…I guess that’s why I run hot and cold about my staying-power in here.

      I have found out a few of our compatriots use an ‘assistant’ in some form or fashion. I would love to have one in both my day job and online. It would make ‘just showing up’ a heck of a lot easier…:).

      10,000 comments is just right around the corner. I have noticed lately one or two spam comments have slipped through; maybe I open the door a little bit more….yikes…..

      Thanks for your kind words and it’s so good to see you.

  10. Happy Blog Anniversary! Two years is a huge thing! :) I know the struggle it takes to just show up :)

    But it is amazing how you manage real life and yet rock the online world! :) Here’s to many, many more years!

    • Rock on, huh? How the heck are ya? Everything ok? I see you on FB more now than in the blogosphere, but I’m barely making it back to the blogs unless it’s the weekend.

      Thanks so much for stopping by today and your nice words; it’s always a pleasure.

      • My dad was really ill so was with him at the hospital and then had to be there when he got back. So real life became crazy. But everything’s okay now. Will be back soon. :)

        • Yikes, I hope all is good or getting better with that. Yes, those are the important things…

          Thanks for paying a visit though, it’s always a pleasure to see you. I’m sure we will bump into each other when things get more ‘normal’ for you.

          Take care.

  11. Hi Bill

    Well good grief, I think you have done tremendously well to have almost 10,000 comments. If I counted all the spam, maybe I would be right up there too! lol

    The hardest part I found was trying to find responding people, but now I have finally stumbled on some really great folks. It can become a lonely place out there until you find out where you need to be.

    Congratulations on your 2 years!

    Mary

    • That’s what I did really well at first; I was all over the map chattin’ it up prob 3 months before I started my blog. I think that is the main reason I had some early traffic. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get around as much lately but trying to hang in there.

      I still enjoy the writing and engagement and as long as people will put up w/ me, I might hang around for awhile.

      I really do appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave your thoughts; always good to see you.

  12. ¸¸. •*¨*•♫♪♪Happy Birthday to You!!
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    • Yes, dancin’ the jig and doing the happy dance all at the same time. I kind of surprised myself making it to this milestone; believe me, there have been many a thought as to ‘what’s the point,’ but I’m too much of a social critter to just walk away…:).

      Good to see you. Hope all is well.

  13. I haven’t been late to one of your posts in awhile, and now I’ve missed your Blogaversary. Was there cake?

    You’re still standing, and that’s what matters. It’s been awesome getting to know you these past few years, and happy to count you as an IRL friend — and not just a blog buddy. Keep on, keepin’ on. You’ll never truly be invisible.

    We still on for Saturday btw?

  14. You called Gini incomparable – further driving Sam Fiorella to drink. We get folks on Hecklers’ Hangout, and everybody tracks down how they know everybody else…it seems that SpinSucks is a popular meeting place!

    Congrats on the 2-year…keep it real and rollin’, Dorman.

    • And we know what happens when Sam starts drinking, huh?

      I think many can connect to Spin Sucks in some way or another.

      Talk about timing, Flacco sure hit the lottery; at least he said it wasn’t all about the money…:).

      Good to see you Brian, hope all is well.

  15. Happy 2nd Blogaversary Bill. You’ve been a reliable source of wit and wisdom…well…at least wit :-). I have found that, not unlike IRL good friendships, the excellent and meaningful communities that we are part of have loving open door policies, understanding and supporting life’s calls and obligations and always welcoming us whenever we DO show up! I’m so glad that I’ve “met” you here! Congratulations again!
    Hugs,
    Claudia

    • Hey Claudia, thanks for dropping by on the anniversary post.

      That is so true about ‘life’ and what it brings, but through our friends we have developed online, it is easy to get a hall pass when need be.

      When you are a one-man show and a personal blog, it’s easy to go in other directions when duty calls.

      Hope you are well; all good here.

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