‘How I built a social media network in eight months’

Gene’O published his first guest post for Social Media this week. Here’s his post, “How I Built a Social Media Network in Eight Months.” It explains how we built our network and what services we’ve found most useful as well as what challenges we’ve faced and are facing as bloggers. Thanks to Jessica Leeman and to Gene’O for this post!

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How I built a social media network in eight months

By Gene’O Gordon

Last summer, I started discussing the possibility of setting up a collaborative blog with a few friends. Over the course of three or four months, my sister, Diana, signed on and we went from talking to planning to designing blogs. We kicked off three WordPress blogs in November. We decided that if we were going blog we wanted real audiences. We didn’t want to put the time and energy into maintaining blogs if they were only going to be read by a dozen of our friends. We decided the way to do that was to build a cross-platform social media network.

The problem with that was, we didn’t have a very large social media presence. Most of us were only active on Facebook with 150 or so followers each at that point, with a handful of other…

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