Social Media Tools to Make You a Ninja: Part 1

When it comes to social media, visual posts and images are the cool kids.  They’re not only at the party, they are the party.  They bring in color and add life to your message.  Have you ever had a burst of inspiration and realized, “This is genius!  It needs to be shared.  With a cool image or picture of Ryan Gosling, naturally.”  I get that.  I’m no graphic designer, but I know what I like.  In fact, I’m quite particular about the look of an image.  And after some extensive research of graphic design tools, apps, and software, I’ve found the Ninjas for you.  The powerhouses of cool.  The Big Kahunas of Word-dom.

Ninja tools + a dynamic message in social media = power, baby.  (See how  I did that?  Algebra has always been my forte.)

You can be a visual social media ninja.  Think “brain candy.”  Think “motivational goodies on your page.”  Think “Share uplifting message or promote my blog/business/cause,” whatever your need is, just know that a creative lollapalooza is happening, and it’s time to get on board!

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Here is the start of the lineup:

WordSwag App (Sadly, only offered to iOS users right now.)  

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WordSwag app

For just a couple bucks, this app can be yours, and Oh, sweet WordSwag, where have you been all my life?  This is my absolute favorite right now!  This app lets you take your own words, or they have some fun, little nuggets all ready for you to put in different word templates that overlay on your pics or backgrounds they offer.  I’ve done this on my own.  It takes about 4 different apps, and a lot of work/time to create.  But this is a piece of cake!  Best part is, they do the work for you.  The spacing, layout and design is set.  With a few clicks you are in business!  Here are a couple examples of  things I’ve made today.

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WordSwag App magic.
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WordSwag app rocks.

Seriously, I love this little app. Once you’ve created your hip design, you can share to all your social media outlets.  A word of advice, though, if you are sharing to Twitter, make sure that you save to your camera roll first, rather than having the app share it.  You’ll post using a pic.twitter link which is much easier for your followers to see, instead of  linking the image through Instagram.  (If that was a bit too confusing, email me: amy@thinkenriched.com, and I’ll happily walk you through it.) This is the app you’ll want to use to make your Instagram, FB and Twitter page feel as cool as it looks.  I even tweeted about this love!

PageModo

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Pagemodo makes social media a snap.

Next on the list is  PageModo.  Whoa, this guy is the bodybuilder of the Ninja group.  He’s got some guts. PageModo  makes your pages and images so much easier to design.  This site, based on a WordPress theme, has a strong foundation to pull together incredible images, posts and customize your pages.  There are several great stock photos available, which has been tricky for me to find great images quickly and inexpensively.  Then, you can add your own verbiage, create contests and link to your social media pages.

PageModo offers a free service that you can use liven up your Facebook page, and a paid program where you can manage several pages, plus, and this is the biggie: you can schedule several posts in advance that will automatically be posted for you.  This is perfect if you’d like to keep sending out messages, but have limited time or may be traveling.

Again, I’m new to this service, but here are just a few of the items I’ve created.

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PageModo lets you create great messages.
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Use PageModo to make your message sing!
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There are more tools that we’ve got to talk about. But let’s not overwhelm you.  Next week I’ll share a couple more things that will help make you a serious social media Ninja.  When you post, people will listen.  Remember that old commercial?  Oh great.  I just dated myself.

Now, I want to see what YOU create!  You have a creative side.  You have inspiring thoughts.  Go put them together and share the love!  How cool would it be to make a personalized post to say happy birthday to someone on FB?  Wouldn’t it be awesome to share an uplifting quote and image with a friend who is having an off day?  What about sending a quick love note to your sweetheart with all the mushy stuff?  So fun!

Show me what you got!  Make some fun  images and share them with me!  You can send them to the WomanEnriched Facebook page, tweet them to me on Twitter, or show me the magic on Instagram!

I can’t wait to see what you CREATE!

 

 

5 Reasons Why You Need to Create

Talents and abilities

You have that dream.  The one.  The big daddy. I know you do.  It’s inside you.  Something you have wanted to do for a long time.  I can feel it.

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Marianne Williamson quote

Maybe that dream is learning to become a photographer, a really good one.  Perhaps you are thinking of becoming a world renowned chef, or even, family renowned. It could be you want to fly a helicopter someday. Not fly in, but pilot the helicopter. It might be a house.  Your very own,  yup.  You own it.

Wait, it’s having your own business, isn’t?  Your fashionista style is well-know by your friends and you are ready to make it a full fledged, respectable business entity. Or maybe it’s getting that scrapbook/quilt/ party decor/garden/quilt/painting/calligraphy/stamp collecting/pottery making/cake decorating project going.

Know how I know this?  Because a few of these dreams are mine, too.   This dream of yours is huge!  And you know what?  It is so good to have a dream.  But we are busy women.  Our lives are full of working, raising children, running organizations, and doing all the stuff of life, how can we fit in the dream?  More importantly, why should we?

I submit to you 5 reasons to take that dream seriously.  And do something about it.  Today.

1. Find your courage

Sometimes, the toughest part of starting on any dream project is to tell someone.  The people around you think they know you.  They have seen you in all facets of life, and they are comfortable with that.  Even the closest of loved ones around you, may really not understand what you your vision is here.  That’s okay.  Just ask them to support you in this.  And you are realistic in this big dream stuff.  As a budding photographer, you don’t need to start out with the Canon 7D Mark ii yet, you will keep working on that camera you got a couple Christmases ago.  But watch how you are going to make that focal point crisp!

2. Get those creative juices flowing.

Just the mere creative process opens faculties in our minds to that aren’t readily tapped. Working to learn new skills, see something differently, or see the pieces as they work together to fit the puzzle help your brain develop.  And as you are able to do this, it will only help you in other areas of your life.  Seeing big picture and small details together will make the whole project come to fruition. After crocheting for a while you look at the fence line differently, you can see pattern and technique and wonder how you could replicate that in your stitches.  Surely, this skill will benefit you in other areas.

3. Establish priorities. Time management 101.

By having that side project you are working on, you find that you can squeeze more out of your day.  Sure, you are booked, but if you moved this appointment up a half hour, you could have an extra 45 minutes to work on that quilt.  The creative project will allow you the freedom to be more disciplined.  Wait, did she just say freedom to be more disciplined?  You got it.  Time management is a skill that takes practice.  Lots of practice.  By establishing your daily goals, you are able to turn off all distractions and focus on your work projects, one after another. You are more productive and later, can whole-heartedly focus on that lovely, creative project you’re working on. And 45 minutes on a quilt could get another row of stitching done. Now that’s progress.

4. Add new people to your life.

This side, creative project, no matter how small, not only helps your mind, it helps your social life.  You will be led to people who are interested in the same things, who have insight on your project or who may be willing to mentor you through the process.  The old adage, “When the student is ready the master will appear” rings true.  You may not meet them in real life, that might be just a little unrealistic if you’re cake decorating at 10PM.  Pinterest may lead you to the right blog, and you start asking questions to the author, and soon, you have a mentor in your new skill.

Maybe the first time you walk in the craft store on this mission is intimidating.  You don’t know what kind of cake decorating tip to use, but by browsing through a few books you have a hunch.  Ask questions.  Lots of questions.  Every great was once a beginner.

5. See yourself differently.

Michelangelo, the great artist, was quoted as saying, “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” As you work on the creative project, whatever that is, you begin to listen more to your thought process.  You learn to trust your instincts.  You begin to see the final project and  steps needed to get there.  You have a new sense of confidence because you did it.  And you can do it again.

Finally, this is where it gets really good.  Not only are you using your talents to create, you can use those skills and abilities to help those around you.  You could cook a meal for a family with a newborn just trying to get a good night’s sleep, you could paint a piece for a family member this Christmas, you could use your design skills to re-do your home on a limited budget.  Sure, it seems like you are doing this creative project for you- when in reality, you are doing this for all of those around you.  Isn’t that amazing?

See, I’m just learning this.  Again.  This blog has brought me a creative outlet.  It has taught me more about goal setting, time management, structure and given me an intense zeal to keep moving forward.  I want you to have that.

Now, tell me. What is that dream?  What are you going to do about it TODAY?