Fond Memories, or Just Plain Ole’ Fed Up?

Our son is graduating from high school this year (this will be our second one… wow, time flies). He is looking forward to having a very memorable experience with all of his best friends. There’s the new suit, limousine rental, picture order, after-party planning, etc., etc.

Basically, he wants it to be an experience he’ll have fond memories of for quite some time. All the work planning this event will be worth the effort considering how long the memories of his graduation will be with him.

Are you creating the same experience with your social media efforts? Or… are you just finding it a lot of time-consuming, hard work that has you just plain ole’ fed up with the whole experience?

What is so Cool about social media is that it provides us with a venue to create new and long-lasting connections and relationships. Ones that can be with us for a long time, and ones that will be memorable and beneficial to both parties. By looking at social media that way… by creating experiences for ourselves and for the people we create relationships with, we can have fond memories of these experiences for a long time to come.

After all, that’s what all of this is about. It’s about relationships and helping each other out. We give and share and meet people along the way.

We can’t look at social media as purely a way to sell to other people. It’s not a virtual billboard or classified ads section, it is a place to connect with other people and develop relationships with them. Only once the relationships have been developed are people open to you sending them info on what it is you have to offer. By then they already know, like and trust you enough to realize that you are promoting to them things that will help them and are designed to make their lives better. And… wouldn’t you rather promote your business from a place of connection and mutually beneficial relationships?

Create those fond memories with your social media efforts… meet people, connect with them, build relationships and have fun… that’s what it’s all about!

Comments

  1. I am glad to have the relationships that i do because of the internet. Thanks for connecting with me and I’m glad to have met you.

    Mark

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    Pat & Lorna Reply:

    Mark,
    Thank you for connecting with us and so glad to have met you as well.
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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  2. Social media really is about building relationships and when done correctly, can really build long lasting connections that are win-win!

    Eddie
    .-= Eddie Espiritu´s last blog ..A Fighter Pilot and a Chicago Mobster =-.

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    Pat & Lorna Reply:

    Eddie,
    It truly is about relationships isn’t it. That’s what we love most about social media!
    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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  3. Hey coolest couple, I agree with you. The relationships you build make social media so much fun. My friends frequently ask me if I don’t get bored behind my computer, but I “talk” to so many during the day that I really enjoy it.
    .-= Karin Boode´s last blog ..5 Ways to get unlimited traffic to your website from Twitter =-.

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    Pat & Lorna Reply:

    Hey Karin,

    It is so cool that even when we’re alone in front of our computer screen, we’re really not alone.
    Social media can be a whole lot of fun!

    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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  4. Pat & Lorna – Thanks for reminding us of what this whole social networking process is all about. It is the greatest place in the world to create long lasting relationships with people you would have never had a chance to meet any other way! We need to embrace that concept!
    .-= Glyna Humm´s last blog ..Are You Using Appreciation Marketing to Build Your Home Business? =-.

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    Pat & Lorna Reply:

    Glyna,
    So right! We get blown away on a daily basis when we see that we are connecting with people all around the world. We definitely would not have that opportunity without social networking.
    Way too cool!
    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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  5. Pat and Lorna,
    Having had the great experience of walking into a room filled with tribe members that I’d known on line for quite a while, I can tell you that it was PARTY TIME! It was also a unique experience to hug someone who you were just meeting in person, but you knew very well from syndicating with them. Connecting with others has taught me so much! Each new blog post provides a new insight into someone else’s experience. I’m enjoying the heck out of it!
    .-= Darlene Davis´s last blog ..Success With A Potato Gun? =-.

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    Pat & Lorna Reply:

    Darlene,

    That must have been one awesome experience!
    We do learn so much from one another… and you’re right, reading everyone’s blog post from within the tribes gives us so many new insights and appreciation for everyone.

    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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  6. Ahhh.. a breath of fresh air in the social media world! This post is truly the essence of perseverance, in my mind. That excitement may wear off, but as long as you press forward like it never went away, the excitement will just build and build as time goes on. Thanks, Pat & Lorna!

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    Pat & Lorna Reply:

    Paul,

    Perseverance… ah, yes… if we keep it going, we’ll be rewarded with getting to meet a lot of wonderful people.

    So glad we’re pressing forward… we got to connect with you and all the other wonderful people at TSA.

    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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  7. “Create those fond memories with your social media efforts… meet people, connect with them, build relationships and have fun… that’s what it’s all about!”

    I couldn’t agree more! It’s too bad that many people take the “social” out of “social media.” They are really missing out! :)
    .-= Kevin M.´s last blog ..23 ways to know it’s going to be a really bad day =-.

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    Pat & Lorna Reply:

    Kevin,

    So true! They are missing out on a lot.

    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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  8. Social Media is truly about building those relationships and helping people out and establishing life long friends from around the world. Love this post!

    Lori
    .-= Lori Robertson´s last blog ..5 Tips On How To Brand Yourself =-.

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  9. Hey Pat & Lorna,

    Thanks for another great post. Hope your son has a great graduation experience.

    Life is all about relationships whether online or off. If that is not the focus then you will be missing out on the true joy that you can experience in your life.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Make it a great day!
    God Bless,
    -ed
    .-= Edward´s last blog ..Are You Ready For The Right Place & Time to Show Up In Your Life? =-.

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    Pat & Lorna Reply:

    Ed,

    We’re pretty certain our son will have a memorable grad experience. Looks like he’s got a lot of fun things organized.

    We agree that life (no matter where) is focused on relationships… which brings about a lot of memorable experiences and joy in our lives.

    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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    Pat & Lorna Reply:

    Ed,

    We’re pretty sure our son will have a great grad experience… looks like he’s got a lot of fun things organized.
    And we totally agree that no matter where life takes us (not just in our social media circles)… it is all about relationships.

    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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  10. Tim,

    So glad you got something from the post.
    We appreciate your comment.

    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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  11. Thanks for the perspective! I love looking back at high school since I had such an awesome time. There were plenty of humiliations and learning experiences too, as with social media, but in the future I’d like to be able to look back fondly on my beginnings with social media and my ongoing communications.
    .-= Garfield´s last blog ..Decoding the Truth About Being Overwhelmed =-.

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    Pat & Lorna Reply:

    Garfield,

    High school was a great time… for having fun and for getting a lot of “life lessons” along the way. No matter the endeavor, there are always things to learn… and we don’t always take the easy road in learning them! It’s great when we can look back on them with a smile on our face :)

    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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    Garfield Reply:

    Agreed, I barely remember the crappy times (though thankfully I remember the lessons that came out of them) but I sure remember the rockin’ times!
    .-= Garfield´s last blog ..Decoding the Truth About Being Overwhelmed =-.

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  12. P&L,
    You know, I’m just starting this whole “tribe” idea of social media and I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised. The majority of blogposts that I’ve been commenting on have really touched me in deep and interesting places and made it much easier to comment and share. The connecting I’m starting to get a handle on, it’s the monetizing that I’m still struggling with and looking forward to master over the coming months!
    Thanks so much,
    Adam
    .-= Dr. Adam Sheck´s last blog ..Male/Female Sex Drive Differences: “Ask Adam” May Audio Replay =-.

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    Pat & Lorna Reply:

    Adam,

    We agree with you… we’ve read a lot of amazing blog posts and have been inspired by so many of them.
    Wishing you all the best in getting the monetization angle of your online enterprise on track!

    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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  13. Hey Pat and Lorna,

    Love the connection you made between your sons graduation and social media. I hope your son has a blast.

    Totally agree with you so many people are selling things in completely the wrong way. Lets make some life long relationships, afterall that’s when the real magic happens

    Beth :)
    .-= Beth Hewitt´s last blog ..A 5 Year Old, a flashing scooter, three frogs and a kazoo =-.

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    Pat & Lorna Reply:

    Beth,

    We are quite certain he’ll have a great time at his grad… as he is setting it up to be just that.

    Love the way you’ve said that it is in the relationships that the real magic happens… it is magic isn’t it?

    Thanks,
    ~ Pat and Lorna

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