StumbleUpon Another Great Discovery
I take my hats off to all the wonderful new concepts and ideas I am learning about on a daily basis. StumbleUpon is just one of the most EXCITING of the new things to come my way.
I tried to jump on this band wagon right away when Vered of MOMGRIND, Cath Lawson of CATHLAWSON, and Barbara of BLOGGINGWITHOUTABLOG mentioned it on their blog sites. So I signed up right away and had an SU button put at the bottom of each of my articles on this blog. I took the “How to” lesson on the sign up page and thought I had now done my part.
Some of my best readers would push the SU button at the bottom of my posts but it was not increasing readers to my site and I was not able to figure out what was the next step for me to do to maximize its use for me – I was ready to give up.
Barbara, Cath, and Vered would not let me – they insisted I sign up for the free tutorial offered by Caroline Middlebrook called Traffic Rush – it’s free for the first lessons. Wow has this adventure really excited me about StumbleUpon.
I learned first about my choosing categories about areas where I like to read and learn. I picked poetry, art, psychology, vegetarian cooking, and famous quotes – there were so many to choose from I limited myself to 15.
Every day I started to push the StumbleUpon button on the top of my screen in the menu bar. I could Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down or Send on to a friend and even just pass on the wonderful articles that were popping up on my screen. It was as though 10 different magazines had arrived at my house and I was reading the articles that would have caught my attention to read first.
Unlike all those magazines, I did not have toxic ink or feel responsible about all the trees (52 million for Christmas Catalogs alone) that we cut down to mail out the magazine. Already Green Dimes had made a huge difference in my mailbox getting rid of unwanted catalogs, and now I was cutting out magazines and still having the pleasure of reading new and updated articles that I wanted to read. The first week I was hooked and wanted to tell everyone I knew about it.
I read everything the first few weeks, now I am more selective and more often use the pass buttons, or the Thumbs Down. My time is more important to me as of late and I have never liked wasting time.
Yesterday, up popped 10 short videos of new stand up comedians, several I thumbs down for the “blue” language and they were just not funny , but most were amazing humor from some new folks that just made me laugh until my sides ached – I got to push the replay button and enjoy them again – How amazing is that.
StumbleUpon is a great equalizer and has really opened my eyes to how interesting social media can become. Not only has it brought more readers to several of my articles, which I thought were worth sharing and so did others, but it has opened up more “global thinking” on my level and improved my critical thinking skills.
I think this is the future right at my finger tips and I am hoping to entice more folks to SU’s possibilities. So as I keep learning about this from a business lesson, I would offer this up to my readers as a new experience that will transport you, inform you, and that I think you will enjoy.
If you liked what you read hear, feel free to comment, and click on the StumbleUpon button and share my ideas with a worldwide audience – power at your fingertips…go on give it a try! You know you want to…