Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Social Media Karma

This week is my vacation week, so there's a slight dearth of posts here. However, in trolling my backlog of notes for future blog entries, I came across something I conceived of earlier this year: Using the influence I've built up to share good content and help you reach a broader audience.

It's certainly not a novel idea, but I'm curious to track, via links and clicks, the spread of an idea over the web. I have limited tools to do this in my arsenal, so I'll be concentrating on Twitter and this blog, to see what happens.

The idea was originally inspired by Sarah Von Bargen at Yes and Yes. She runs a monthly feature called "Network of Nice" where various people can write in asking for help or offering help and you can participate by writing in to say if you need help from the offerers or can give help to the askers. I love this feature (which yes, I've done some help offering for in the past) because it plays into the idea of just doing something kind because someone has asked, or finding something you need because someone is brave enough to offer it. I've been very consumed by the idea of karma lately, and the Network of Nice is a living, breathing example of Internet karma.

Obviously, I do not have the same readership as Sarah does, but I'd like to give this a try. Do you have an interesting story that you need to share? Or are you looking for something? Are you unemployed with a serious talent that needs highlighting? I'd like to give this a shot and feature you on this blog, and share your story on my Twitter feed. I can't guarantee that you'll get an answer, but ever the optimist, I'd like to give this a shot.

If you'd like to take a chance with me, please send your story/need to me at kehutchinson [AT] gmail. Feel free to spread the word!