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Top 5 of 2011 from The Social Freelancer

I’ve got the ham and black eyed peas on the burner as I sit here reflecting on the strangeness that was 2011. I don’t know about you but I am happy to have kicked last year to the curb! It was a difficult one on many fronts…
A BIG positive note for me was the development of this blog, The Social Freelancer ™. I have enjoyed posting regularly (a first for me!) and the interaction of people all over the world via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube).

One thing I have learned on my blogging journey is this:
Nobody is “great” right out of the gate.

Will they "like" it?

Blogging, like photography, songwriting and other art forms (yes I do consider blogs to be “art”) is something that is learned and built through ACTION over time. No one snaps a few pictures or writes a couple of songs or articles and is then “great” at photography, songwriting or blogging. As with my music, I find that after reflection on past material, a lot of it doesn’t “stand up” to the test of time. I believe I am getting better as I go along. What do you think?

Below are links to five posts that were “successful” in my mind. I believe they met their intended goals in a concise, “reader friendly” writing style. These are not necessarily the posts that got the most traffic (although a few of them did quite well). These are posts that I am proud of, looking back at the past year.

Which of these posts do you like best? Worst? Why? Please comment below, thanks for visiting The Social Freelancer ™

Here they Are! Top 5 of 2011 from The Social Freelancer ™:

1. About 2012: What Will You Do?

Have a Good One!

“What will I do?” It’s really the only question. Years ago I made a New Year’s resolution to never make another New Year’s resolution! It worked. No longer do I make the big proclamation. Instead I try to focus on small things, small steps that can lead to a bigger result.


2. Why Social Media Matters and How Marketing Doesn’t Change

"New Media" not that different from "Old Media"

Getting just a little knowledge one time and then thinking you’ve got it all figured out doesn’t “cut it” in these difficult economic times where EVERYONE is struggling to be heard above the noise in social media.


3. 5 Reasons We’re Afraid of Networking – How to Avoid the Negativity Spiral

The Negativity Spiral only goes DOWN

Why is it a spiral? Because once you “buy into” one negative idea, it becomes easier to believe them all. Conversely, once you realize the fallacy of one negative thought, it gets easier to dismiss all five.


4. Top 5 Sites for Learning About and Coping with Social Media

On Twitter: @TraceTV @freelancesocial

My advice? Visit these sites on a weekly basis, do your homework and then jump on in. The water’s fine, but you have to know how to swim.


5. Should You Blog? Don’t Be Fooled, It’s a JOB

If it was easy, everyone would do it...

Blogging is a natural extension for me. That’s not the case with most people as we all have unique gifts in life. lt’s important to be honest with yourself when making a commitment of your time and mental energy.


Fresh Tunes for 2012!
Indie Texas Rock and Blues …with a Groove

Trace Relations (L-R) Kevin Lewis, Sparky Montoya, John Echols, Tracy Ready, Mike Beall

Trace Relations Debut CD ~ Prosperity Street

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Tracy Ready is a Writer, Producer, Director of Photography, Vocalist and Media Consultant based in Dallas, Texas USA – contact

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One Response to “Top 5 of 2011 from The Social Freelancer”

  1. Great Post! All of us struggling with social media should tune in here. All best, Monte

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