A solitary reflection
This blog was original written and posted on the optioneerJM blog.
Excuse moi to readers who come to optioneerJM for business, leadership, sales or social media advice. You have been bombarded with clips from Polyvore, independently posted.
I apologize. It was another experiment or test. No apologies for the test certainly. I disclose that I am constantly trying out new avenues online to see what is what, what works, and how I may want to do things differently.
This is a "do differently".
Polyvore allows users to create fashion statements, creative ensemble within a specific user base: fashion enthusiasts, fashionistas and creative personalities. I hadn't been there for a while before yesterday. Because I haven't, I looked at the experience with fresh eyes, as if new.
Polyvore is a great environment for the fashion conscience, creative minds, fashionistas and the like. My meanderingsabout blog is my reflection on creative expression ... outside the "box" of what I write here.
Creativity is an integral part of who I am. I recognized the following I had and that they were not interested in the fashionista and beauty side of who I am: a woman in her 50s fighting aging by using a tasteful fashion, accessories, beauty regime. That's where I created Meanderings about a year ago.
Maybe the original idea was to have a blog where I could "rant". Then realizing that people just don't like to read about rants, in general. The only time I've seen them work is when a group amasses to express a similar disapproval. More often, I've noticed, they are directed at airlines. I would say telecommunication cellular providers would battle for first other days.
Then I began writing as if I was giving advice to my daughters on life, living, love and dating. They may not read it. My three daughters and stepdaughter aged 22, 23 and 25. A great representation of the Millennials.
Not all experiments are successful. Usually you can extrapolate what you have learned from the exercise and extrapolate "do differently" for down the road.
So Polyvore has the right idea: they allow enthusiasts to share their creations on Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook. Sadly, missing is instaGRAM. Also, when you select posting for a Blog, the default is Tumblr, while allowing you to select "BLOG" for Google's Blogspot posts. It defaults to the blog you have associated with your email address, which in this case is optioneerJM. It doesn't allow me to distinguish it if you happen to have more than one blogspot.
I will continue to fiddle around and experiment. Thank you for your understanding. I apologize if it seemed misleading to draw my loyal readers here, thinking I may be writing about sales and instead be bombarded with these posts that seem commercial. You share the image you created on Polyvore, and then what Brands represent the products you have selected.
Polyvore has Polyvore Clippers, which I am liking, and just getting around to trying (for instance the image of Sally Field in character of Doris surrounded by scarves and cat eye glasses.
There are a lot of tools or sites that start out with one idea and its users evolve and experiment, bringing a wider ensemble of tools and ways to share. I'm never content to just create, post, share. I like to test to see how it can be used in building social media audiences or "content" as the big thing these days is.
Corporate brands and companies have gotten the message. They are adding "Blog" to their websites. However, the conundrum is how to keep the Blogs fresh, relevant, with regular posting. A way to drive viewers to the website, where the website is suppose to take over and keep the audience there longer, to click, go deeper into the site. Even better if an inquiry or lead generated or a sale.
I will keep exploring and doing experiments and reporting findings for others to benefit. Even if that means an annoying array of blog posts that seem to have little to nothing to do with the central theme.
IF, this happened to make you curious. I went to Polyvore to gather ideas for a Halloween costume -- obviously, I'm looking to be "Doris" from this great, whimsical, movie about an isolated woman in her 60s who steps out, after the passing of her mother whom Doris was caregiver to. The idea of how she takes on what is normally Tween or Teenage experiences about dating and socializing.
Doris is wonderfully portrayed by Oscar winner Sally Field, whom I hope gets an Oscar for this great role. You can't help but be entertained with her crush experience, being coached by a 13 year old friend's granddaughter.
Now, I will tidy up optioneerJM and move the creations over to meanderingsABOUT and delete the errant posts from here once they are where they belong. (CHECK ~ done)
I will continue to experiment and try new things. To report on findings that may help others with their social media experience, expand their social selling efforts, or share advice on business or leadership. It has been a fun ride, and after 200,000+ page views, I look forward to continue to learn and share those experiences with you.