Near the end of April I decided I wanted to try an experiment–an experiment in social media. I wanted to see how much “branding” I could do via Facebook, Twitter, and blogging. I really wanted to know just how powerful these outlets can be in spreading thoughts and ideas.
I started by making my own Facebook page, “The Official Jimmy L. Trent III.” Some people probably thought I was full of myself when I did this, but I promise that was not the reason. Creating my own Facebook page was essential in being able to spread my blog to more people. Something I learned in the social media experiment is that Facebook advertising and page promotion works really well. Last week alone I was able to reach nearly 10,000 people, and it didn’t cost very much at all. As of today I have 110 “likes” on Facebook, with 46 of those being people I do not even know!
Another thing I learned this summer is that Twitter is more fun than Facebook. On Twitter you have a chance to actually connect to people you wouldn’t normally be able to connect with on Facebook. One example of this is from back in June when a syndicated columnist for the Huffington Post and Newsweek tweeted my blog. That was awesome. I have also had tweets back and forth with John Stossel from the Fox Business Channel and Forbes CEO Steve Forbes. I was retweeted by companies such as Jell-o, Kmart, and the Deseret News. I also got people such as Darrell Issa (congressman from CA) and Jeff Duncan (congressman from SC) to follow me on Twitter.
As far as the blogging goes, I actually enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. I was hesitant at first to putting my ideas and opinions out for others to read and criticize, but the moment I got over that, it made writing them a lot easier and much more fun. I would like to thank all of those who have come to read my blog every week. It has been fun to see people reading my blog from countries like Brazil, Canada, United Kingdom, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, and Maldives (and yes I had to look up where Maldives is). I want to give a shout out to the faithful reader from Canada. Thanks for coming back every week. I didn’t think that I would blog longer than these few summer months, but I am pleased to say: The blog must go on!
The social media experiment went better than expected. Thanks to all for being part of it. Thanks for reading my blog every week, and I will see you next week!