Social media review. Free. What an interesting offer from Amanda Kendle on Facebook.
Audits and reviews are essentials component of quality improvement. I worked a quality assurance officer in a major teaching hospital in the early 1980s. Then the concept of QA seemed like a new-fangled buzz-word. Now it’s so mainstream we hardly think about it. Creative, like business enterprises, benefit from assessment and action.
Digital natives are those born into the world where digital technology exists. It isn’t that they embrace it. More likely, they absorb it. Thanks to author Susan Maushart, I think of myself as a digital immigrant. I’ve owned and used a computer since 1985. But I have not fully embraced the technology. Rather, I live on the outskirts of the digital world. I skulk in the shadows. Trying, trying. Not able to catch up.
I am proud that I’ve set up my social media platforms myself. But they have grown haphazardly. They’re in need of an overhaul. Of some unifying thinking.
Amanda Kendle consults on all matters blogging and social media. She also facilitates workshops in Perth Western Australia. I know her from a workshop.You can check out my thoughts at the time here. I follow Amanda on Facebook. I read her blogs.
I knew her offer was both genuine and generous. On Facebook she offered one lucky person a free social media review each day during January 2016.
A social media review would be a bonus. In spite of my trying hard, my social media presence is both minor and patchy. It never quite works the way I hope it will. Applying for a social media review felt a bit cheeky.
My new book, Elopement: a Memoir is ready to launch into the world. That’s another story. But this would be a great time to have a health check of my social media platforms. My Facebook Writer Page. A website and blog. Pinterest. Linkedin. And a Twitter account, which I don’t quite get.
You can imagine my delight (and trepidation) when Amanda accepted my application for a review. I submitted information about my accounts on a form. The same day, she offered me a choice of dates. I chose January 7. When I opened my computer at 7.00 a.m. my social media review was waiting.
Amanda had analysed each account carefully. She identified strengths. What a surprise to learn she thought I do some things well! And weaknesses which I knew about. Best of all, she provided sound recommendations for each area.
Finally, the social media review concluded with three key actions. Everything Amanda said makes good sense. It all seems do-able. Even my social media skills can mostly cope. Already I’ve completed a few items.
I’m looking forward to working on the recommendations. Some involve the quality of my images. Already I’ve spent an afternoon looking at Canva. Canva describes itself as án amazingly simple graphic design program’. We’ll see. My first serious attempt at design appears on this page. Experimenting will be fun. It’s all part of life-long learning.
I expect playing with my social media platforms will be an ongoing project
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