Was talking to a friend of mine who has been struggling to stick with things and remain focused. Specifically, trying to post on a regular basis despite rewards and engagement.
When I got on this blockchain on July 1st, 2017 my first post didn't even make 3 cents.
In fact most of my first posts literally made $0.00.
I used to joke about anytime I posted it would go in a black hole.
The truth is, social media is hard. Most people in social media don't get anywhere regardless of how hard they try. Hive is the easiest social media I have ever seen. No where you can be so successful in such a short amount of time. A lot of authors make $10-100 on their first post here. If you have done social media long enough, you realize it probably will take you 3 years before you see $100 combined.
So why do people complain?
Typically they want more, but I think the largest factor is when they see others making way more.
There is no grand secret to social media, it's just hard work. There are a few key things though.
- Offer value
That's really all there is to social media. While all three of these are critical to success, the first two are the most important.
While I have been extremely successful here on Hive, you will rarely ever see me make a post talking about me or asking for something. I almost always write in a way that I offer people who spend time reading my posts benefit from. Even during Hivefest when I launched Hive Punks, I didn't spend time trying to sell it to people, I wanted to offer something more valuable, how I did it. I always try to not waste anyone's time and respect the fact they spent time reading what I have to write. This to me is probably the only secret to social media.
You can't expect to get anywhere if you post for a few days and then leave for 3 months because the rewards are not good enough. It takes time to grow an audience and even more to keep it. You have to be consistent to keep an audience. I agree it is hard work, and I personally hate writing and I suck at it. When I got on this blockchain, I decided I would post every day. I challenged myself to do just that for a year. Up until recently, I never stopped.
When new users ask me how to get exposure here, I always tell them to network with other people who have similar interest. Find active communities that like the things you want to talk about. This is very important on Twitter, Facebook, or any other Web 2.0 social media and even here on Hive. Spend time meeting people, talk about what interest them, offer value, don't shove yourself in their face, just be human. While a lot of networking on Hive is done in Discord, I can't stress how important it is to comment on others posts so everyone can see and interact with it.
I have spent a lot of time reading, listening, and watching content on productivity and just getting shit done. No amount of it actually makes it easy, it's real work, hard work. There are no secrets to it, but there are ways to make it easier and more manageable.
I started a Workflow Series a long time ago with many tips. You can find them by going to /created/workflowseries if you want to read more about these tricks.
There is no hidden secret in any of these posts, but they may help guide you to do shit you don't want to do.
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