Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Don't Like Yourself On Social Media

By Meg Hodson

I agree, we all want to be stars on social media.  We want a good following and lots of people sharing and retweeting. Bottom line, we want to look good and make a great impression.  

One of the easiest ways to impress people that follow you on social media is likes.  We all hope for as many "thumbs up" as possible on what we share, whether that be likes on Facebook and Instagram or retweets on Twitter.  

I've noticed a strange albeit not surprising trend across Facebook and Instagram.....users liking their own posts.  You can't retweet your own tweet, so why should you be able to like your own post?  Here are a few reasons why I argue NOT to do this:

1.  We Already Know You Like It.  You took the time to craft a meaningful post that you want to share with the world.  The fact that you are posting it is proof enough that you like your own post.  You posted it, of course you like it!  Let others do the liking for you.

2. You Don't Want To Appear Arrogant.  To me, it actually comes off as a big pompous when you like your own post.  It also appears silly.  It's the equivalent to walking around and stating out loud "I like me!" On social media, prove you are amazing by posting meaningful content.


3. Strive For Organic, Real Engagement.  I am assuming that pages and individuals that like their own posts are hoping to "get the ball rolling" with achieving a higher level of likes.  Is your one like really going to make a difference? Probably not. You should be striving for true engagement.  Liking yourself is not going to accomplish this.  Crafting authentic, thoughtful posts will.

4.  Like What Others Post.  Take the time to appreciate what others that you follow post.  Like content you find valuable, make a comment.  Chances are, you will network and meet other like-minded individuals on social media, thus building your presence.  After all, that is the whole point, right? If we aren't sharing and exchanging information with those interested in what you have to say, then social media becomes dead.  Let's keep it authentic and alive.


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Friday, July 18, 2014

Yes, Jason Mraz, I Love "Yes"

By Meg Hodson

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Jason Mraz and #SPREADYES. All thoughts, opinions and swooning over Jason Mraz are of my own volition.

As many of my readers know, I am a huge devotee of music.  It's been a meaningful part of my life since childhood.  I get excited when I hear my favorite songs and artists.  

Jason Mraz has been a favorite artist of mine for a long time.  Like many, I instantly fell in love with him with his quintessential hit I'm Yours. But then he appeared on Sesame Street and that pretty much sealed the deal for me...he is fabulous.


Jason Mraz has a new album out entitled Yes.  I spent the evening with only a glass of wine and this music. Kids were in bed, no distractions.  That is pretty much heaven on earth for me! In true Mraz form, each song was undeniably his.  

The smooth sounds with swoon-worthy lyrics are sprinkled throughout many of the songs on the album.  I took particular note on Love Someone. We are tempted with the lyrics "love is a funny thing, whenever I give it, it comes back to me...."  Such thoughtfulness continues on the song Long Drive as Mraz croons "best night of my life, with you riding, your hand on my hand..." Yep, it's pretty much the ultimate drive-with-the-top-down-in-summer song.
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If you love the vibe of his groundbreaking hit I'm Yours, there are a few songs to listen to over and over. Hello, You Beautiful Thing (well, the title says it all, right?) and 3 Things will hit the right chord.  Mraz captures that perfect balance of emotion and hypnotic, catchy music to bring you an album that will be hard to resist.

Somehow Mraz has been able to put a slightly new twist on his recognizable sound.  It's comforting without being too predictable. There's even a trace of more soul on this album, which I LOVE and was unexpected. 

Take a preview of his album on Spotify and enjoy!


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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