Yesterday began like any other Monday. I was pleasantly surprised to find that a couple of people had commented on previous blog posts; it always makes me happy when others read the blog and are moved to write. Other than that, nothing out of the ordinary.
As the day progressed, I couldn’t help but notice an above-average volume of new Twitter followers. I’m not talking spammy “Make MONEY on line!” followers, but real, bona fide people followers. I usually pick up a few new followers a day, but this was extraordinary. What made it more surprising is that, due to various personal distractions, my digital dabblings have diminished of late.
Something was up. And I didn’t do it.
I Googled my name – nothing out of the ordinary. I Googled my web site – likewise, nothing new. I shrugged, and watched the Twitter followers continue to grow.
This morning, the mystery was revealed.
In my inbox, a socialmention.com alert – Women in Blogging: 125 Fearless Female Bloggers posted on Kikolani.com, the intelligent social media blog by my digital friend and impressive blogger, Kristi Hines.
Reacting to the chronic dominance of male voices in lists of top bloggers, social media marketers, search marketers and entrepreneurs, Kristi took it upon herself to identify 125 women writers with a digital presence. Not only was I blown away by the privilege of being amongst such a respected, high profile group of writers (not to mention being named in a heavily-linked reference guide which obviously took many hours to compose), but due to the gods of alphabetical order I was listed second.
What can be learned from this?
1. Pay attention to unusual activity in your digital realm. Don’t assume a spike in traffic/Twitter followers/etc. just happens on its own.
3. Don’t overlook the value of relationships that are made through digital channels. Kristi and I had a pre-existing relationship; I didn’t just appear on her list because she did a random search. (Uh, at least I don’t think so? Kristi? lol)
5. Always remember to say thanks. Thanks, Kristi – you rock!