This podcast episode was recorded as an accompanying audio version of the Dandy Newsletter that was published on August 25, 2020.
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I’ve got a terrible, shameful, embarrassing secret I need to share with you. I’ve... I’ve been using Twitter again. I know, I know! It’s not something I’m particularly proud of, but when you’re running an online business, you’ve got to do what works for you. Let me tell you, Instagram, Facebook, and most other places do not work for me.
If you can’t tell, I’m more interested in writing than in keeping up a demanding photo-taking and -posting schedule. I tried to do that on Instagram a while ago and it just wore me out. This doesn’t mean I’m giving a Twitter a pass on its nastiness, just that it’s gelling with my current marketing interests.
There’s also a brand spankin’ new blog post waiting for you. It’s called, Conquering Your Calendar, Part 2: Creating Calendars.
In part two of the Conquering Your Calendar instructional course, we’re kicking off the serious learning portion by making calendars inside our calendar app. Perhaps that’s a little confusing, I know. We’re using digital tools, though, and they can do wonderful things. This is the portion that’ll help us set the foundation for the rest of the series, plus it’s super powerful. Head on over to the blog to give it a read today.
We’re wrapping things up with what I’m watching, reading, and listening to this week. It’s a great assortment of media that’s worth your time.
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The full text
The Dandy Newsletter — 08/25/20
Everything is about evolution. From the very essence of life in the universe to how we develop as human beings, we should all be in a constant state of growth. Inertia is not something that should be strived for. In fact, inertia, or worse yet, regression, will only ensure that we become lesser people.
I don’t want you or I to be lesser. I want us to be greater. The best even!
To that end, I think a good way to improve as a person is to be as open and honest as we can be. Honesty is a great virtue. I think it’s a quality we should all strive for every day. Is it something that’s easy to accomplish? Not always—sometimes it just sucks to have to fess up to tough challenges or admit you’re wrong about something. Being virtuous isn’t easy. If it were, the world wouldn’t have nearly as many issues as it does. Still, just because something is hard to do doesn’t mean it’s the wrong thing to do.
I’m paraphrasing a particular line from a pretty decent movie, The Weather Man. Michael Caine and Nicolas Cage are sitting in, if memory serves, some sort of waiting room (possibly at a hospital). Cage’s character is having a rough go at family life and is considering a divorce. Caine’s character drops this wisdom on him:
Do you know that the harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing? Nothing that has meaning is easy.
Gives me goosebumps every time I think of it.
In an effort to be as honest and virtuous as possible, to do the right thing, I have to admit something difficult...
Hold on! Hold on. I know, this isn’t the most radical or even necessary admission, but I think it’s important for me to talk about. I’ve spent a good deal of time writing on my website and in these newsletters about how I’m trying to make the internet a better place. I believe one good way of doing that is running your own website on a host or platform that gives you control over your content. It’s one reason why I love Ghost so much and why I spent a considerable amount of time using the Micro.blog service. They both give their users the opportunity to run their website and control their content in a way their users see fit. That means posting whatever they want (within some sort of reason), styling their sites however they’d like, and owning all the content they produce.
It’s the open internet at its best and I don’t want it to ever go away.
That being said, I’ve started to use Twitter again because I see some potential in it that I don’t yet see in a service like Micro.blog. That’s to say, a wider reach to the people who are more likely to benefit from the work I’m doing at Dandy Cat Design. It’s the exact reason why I’m focusing so much of my social networking efforts on Pinterest, instead of a place like Instagram or Facebook or wherever. I don’t believe the audience that clicks with my brand and work is present on a place like Micro.blog, Instagram, Facebook, or whatever else is out there.
Besides, you couldn’t pay me to get back on Facebook.
When we’re talking about growing a business, we need to be as honest and real with ourselves as possible. If you’re focused on a business niche that’s over-saturated and you’re not gaining a foothold, then you may need to consider a different niche. If you’re working on an online course that’s not receiving the support you need it to, then you should consider another one that will. If you’re blogging on Micro.blog, but it’s not bringing any traffic or engagement to your website, then you need to find a place that will.
Hence why I’m back on Twitter.
I’m interested in building a community of Dandy Cat fans that not only like what I do, but also benefit from it in their own work and lives. I want to have conversations with real people, not talk at avatars.
Go where the money is, as it’s often said.
I don’t know if I’ll see any success with Twitter. I’d like to, but who can predict the future? From a business standpoint, I’m much more interested in succeeding on Pinterest. However, there are a couple key differences for me between Twitter and everywhere else:
- Twitter is more text focused. I can’t ever get into a place like Instagram long enough to earn real benefits from it. I view myself as more of a writer than a performer.
- It doesn’t demand my attention as much as other networks do. Instagram and its peers are like a drug.
- It feels more immediate. Sometimes I want to know what’s going on with a situation as it’s happening.
All this being said, I’m also well aware of its drawbacks. I had a Twitter account within a couple years after it became a thing. Back then, it was a wonderful place to visit. Great content was being produced on there and I was able to make some nice connections.
Since those early days, as it grew in popularity, it also became something of a soapbox and a haven for the worst among us. Nazis have swarmed there. Hatred can abound unchecked. Racial and sexual discrimination are given free rein. Twitter has a real problem with many of its worst users. Efforts to fix those issues are either slow to happen or nonexistent. @jack and the rest of Twitter’s leadership could do a whole lot more to make it the creative, supportive community it used to be.
I’m not intent on giving those transgressions a pass just because I’m using it at the moment.
Twitter is a thing in my life again because I see how it could benefit Dandy Cat Design. I’m not jumping for joy over this new development. It’s a closed network, the ownership of my content is a question in the back of my mind, and I have to abide by their platform’s styling and quirks. On the other hand, if I can make some new connections with cool people, then that’s great.
Being honest is tough, especially when it comes to something like this. But hey, I feel better for getting this all off my chest. Even if it wasn’t quite as bad as I made it out to be.
It's calendars all the way down!
There’s a new blog post waiting for you. Hip-hip-hooray! 🎉
It’s called: Conquering Your Calendar, Part 2: Creating Calendars.
Phew! Four Cs in a row? Talk about alliteration.
This is the second entry of my online course about how best to use your digital calendar to organize your days to create a more productive life. We’re jumping straight into creating calendars to hold all your various events.
Wait... I have to make calendars inside of my calendar? What the heck is that all about, you may be thinking? Believe me, I have a good reason for this weirdness and it’s all detailed in this post. Creating calendars for your digital calendar is like setting the foundation for your house. Maybe it’s not the sexiest part of construction, but it’s one of the most essential parts.
Click through the link above to continue your journey of becoming a calendar wizard. I hope you find great value in it and I appreciate your support of both this series and Dandy Cat Design.
If you ever want to throw some suggestions my way, then send me a reply to this email. They’re always wonderful to receive.
Seriously friend, I'd love to hear from you.
Until next time cats, stay informed, stay safe, and stand up for what’s right. Black lives matter and wear a dang mask.
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