Social networking - Consistency is King
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Whenever I've talked with anyone who feels hesitant about social networking opportunities like My developerWorks or starting a blog or Twitter, it usually boils down to two simple reasons:
#1 Lack of knowledge - This is usually being afraid of what they're getting into, because they don't know it that well or feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start.
#2 Lack of time - "I don't have enough time". Who can't related to this one?!?
If lack of knowledge is an issue for you, there's a relatively simple solution - get more information! There is great information out there about almost anything you want to do. I'm not going to focus on that in this blog post, but if you're interested in doing more on My developerWorks, I'd definitely recommend you check out our tips wiki page for starters.
But what I'd like to focus on is lack of time.
"I don't have enough time to social network" - The myth of all or nothing
One place where people seem to get hung up the most is the myth that you're either all in or all out with social networking. They think "I can't just dabble in it - I have to get really involved. And I don't have time to get really involved, so I'm just going to ignore it."
This isn't true. What's more important in social networking is that you do something consistently over a period of time. You're better off doing one small thing on a regular basis, than to start 50 things do them for two weeks and then stop.
Make it work for you
Ideas for small steps on My developerWorks
*image via Jakob Montrasio