About 8 years ago, I authored one of my very first blog entries as part of mikesvo.com. It was about using Twitter. At that time, I had been using it for a little over 1 year (I began on twitter in May of 2009). I wrote that it was a gold mine for me and my voice over business! As I embark on some new marketing, new branding, and an entirely new website, I thought it would be a good time to reflect back over the 8 years, and see if that still holds true.
Some eight years ago, I had almost 4000 tweets, and only a couple of hundred followers. Now, a little more than eight years later, that number has grown to 22,500 tweets! I follow a little over 3,000 people and have close to 3,000 followers myself.
I still say Twitter is a gold mine! Looking back at all the connections I’ve made from using twitter almost daily, allow me to identify MANY golden opportunities! I have made important business connections (and YES, some of those connections have turned into actual voiceover jobs, with return business!), met some fantastic mentors, found some excellent #vo coaching, learned about techniques, equipment, and software – important to my job as a voice actor, and made some personal (and virtual) friends! So, YES, it has been a gold mine!
The analogy is a good one. You don’t just turn over a shovel of dirt and find gold. You have to actually prospect a little and dig to find the nuggets that make you “rich!” Seems odd, until you get into it, that you or anyone could offer any meaningful info, or discussion with only 280 characters at a time – it used to be only 120 characters. But actually, I have found that trying to say as much as you can in as few characters as possible, is a good writing exercise that translates well to voice over, audio content, and video – say as much as you can, in a meaningful way, with the fewest words possible.
I will continue to enjoy the wonderful friendships, and business relationships that are built with Twitter, and hope we can connect there too. Find people you would like to follow – those with tips, ideas, experience and knowledge about your interests and likes – business interests, life goals, hobbies, music, vacation destinations, just about anything you want to know more about! With a little digging you will find a gold mine with your name on it!
I am @MikeRaphone and would love to make the connection!