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How to Make Your Social Strategy Successful

You work hard at social media.

You strive to share the content of others more than your own.

You read everything you can from every respected blog and site on best practices.

But the needle isn’t moving. When will your “tipping point” arrive? When will all of your hard work pay off?

You read everything you can from every respected blog and site on best practices. But the needle isn't moving. When will your

In this video, not only do I talk about what not to do, I share a couple of ways to make your social strategy successful. You may already be using these strategies without even realizing it. If you are using these strategies, you’re more ahead of the game than you think. You can always level up these strategies by pivoting. Let me explain:

See how simple that is? Social media is daunting enough, let’s make it a little easier to cut through the noise and get to what matters, connection.

If you watched the video, you know what I’m going to ask you and you know what your challenge is. 

I’ll share my top 3 to 4 people, if you’ll share yours, in the comments.

You read everything you can from every respected blog and site on best practices. But the needle isn't moving. When will your

Automation Versus Intention

Tips are something we live by, have you noticed? Top ten tips for this, or top 5 must have tips for that. Heck, even I’ve used them. Tips, especially when noted in a headline, catch your eye, and if they’re done right, pull you into the post and keep the reader going till the very, last word. 

Automation Versus Intention When do you automate and when are you intentional on social media? This post talks specifically about email subscriber lists via @faithfulsocial

Yesterday, a post I wrote for The SITS Girls was featured. I share 10 Blogging Tips that Will Actually Amaze You.  By far, this post has received the most comments of any post that I’ve shared there and it’s not surprising. The title received an A+ from my favorite Title Analyzer from CoSchedule. It’s one thing to have a great title, you have to have the content to back it up. I took this a step further and with each tip, included the reason why the tip was important. In all of the content I come across, it’s the peek behind the scenes or the “why” behind something that get readers interested. How do I know? Because not only am I interested in how things get done, but why they’re done in the first place. 

Last week, I took an intensive mastermind workshop called Blissboost. This 7 day intensive is run by Charissa Moore of House of Bliss. Not for the faint of heart, Charissa is a great copywriter, sharing all of the behind the scenes that made her business a success in order for me (and the others in our class) to thrive. She lives “A rising tide lifts all boats”. Over the course of 7 straight days, we talked about target markets, demographics, copy, sales pages, email sales, productivity, business systems, pricing, you name it. I came away with takeaways that are applicable, timely and tailored.  The best part? I can do this all over again, every month for a year! Genius model, don’t you think?

The family feel she fostered from the very beginning of the intensive, gave me a place to share my pain points in a secure, confidential forum and gain clarity around my new business. I can’t recommend it enough and wish you could have been with me.

One of the larger takeaways was my email subscriber opt-in. We discussed, live, with other people listening (eek!), how I manage my email list. I was honest, and said that I just send an RSS feed whenever I post. I don’t have to think about it. And that’s the problem. Basically, getting someone’s email address is like receiving a key to their private home. Every time you walk into their home you can make it memorable, or you can just show up with whatever you have. Should you be intentional about your visit and think about the people who live in that house? Or are you just ticking the box? 

That was a real paradigm shift for me.  Going forward, the email subscriber list will be intentional, thoughtful and useful to you . If you sign up for the VIP List, you will get my Top 7 Tips to Create a Successful Online Community. After that, you will receive tips from me, not shared on the blog. This means that whatever I come across in my content curation for the week, will be shared with you. I won’t be emailing the RSS feed to my blog. I want to build a relationship with you and provide value while respecting the time you have.  While the “freebies” page has been removed, I know you’ll love the tips I share with you going forward. 

Speaking of which, I have to get to sending an email to all of my VIPs!

I’m curious, how do you set up your email subscriber list? Is it an RSS feed, with no personalization from you, or do you send something specific, just to them, on a schedule? Why? You know I love the why behind things, so share in the comments!  

Automation Versus Intention When do you automate and when are you intentional on social media? This post talks specifically about email subscriber lists via @faithfulsocial

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Can We Talk Changes for a Minute?

Can we talk? In the next 24 hours you’ll see a lot of change around these parts. I know what you’re thinking, “here she goes again” and you’re right. Here I go again. When you follow passions and dreams they can take you to places that are different from where you started. 

I have begun the process to change the name of my site to Faithfully Social.

Niche changes mean blog changes, name changes, all the changes. Please bear with me and follow @faithfulsocial!

Why the name change? I am no longer Filling My Prayer Closet. I’m just not. I shared in my vlog last week about blogging niches and how embracing them is important if it’s something you’re really passionate about.

I feel, for a while now, I’ve been Faithfully Social. By that I mean, I have been a faithful advocate of social media. I’ve also been and will continue to be a faithful advocate for people who need help using social media, without losing themselves in the process. I am faithful to the journey of my clients in seeing them grow and being their cheerleader all the while. 

This weekend, I spoke at a conference. I shared tips + tricks on how to use social media, blogging best practices and social media strategy overall. I connected with all of them, but there was one person that I had a special connection with. Mary at Passionate Perseverance. I have been thinking about this transition for some time, months even, and for some reason, while in a corner exchanging phone numbers I shared my new site name with her. Until then, I had only just recently shared it with my mastermind group and husband.  Mary loved it and got it immediately. No flinching, no questions, just wholehearted acceptance of the idea. A few minutes later, when she shared images on Instagram, or Facebook, she tagged me and used #faithfullysocial.

She totally hashtagged it! And that was the last little push I needed. So, thanks Mary for being the kind of push I needed at just the right time.

I am asking for your patience as I work tirelessly to change this site over and all social media platforms. I am a one woman shop, with a full time corporate job and a blog + social media coaching business, not to mention mom + wife to the best guys on the planet.

I am also thanking you for cheering me on throughout this transition. Filling My Prayer Closet won’t be going anywhere, if you enter that in your URL, you’ll still find me here. While most professionals would say I should start a completely new site, I don’t want to erase the journey. You know? I want to remember every step that brought me right here. And I am kind of a rule breaker, so there’s that.

So there will be more changes you know, solidifying my presence, logos, branding, all that jazz-tasticness that I love to talk to you about. Rest assured, I will blog about all of it. The mistakes, the plans and the process so you don’t freak should the time come when you make changes. And you will. Part of life, friend.

How can you help? Please follow me, if you don’t already on the following platforms and update your RSS feeds. I don’t want to lose you. Honestly, I’ve been working my tail off to get you here. Have you noticed?

Find me on Twitter @faithfulsocial
Find me on Instagram @faithfulsocial
Find me on Pinterest @faithfulsocial
Find me on Facebook Apparently, I need 25 followers on my Facebook fan page before I can make it my own.

All these rules! And, thanks you from the bottom of my 4’11” sized heart.

Niche changes mean blog changes, name changes, all the changes. Please bear with me and follow @faithfulsocial!

The Secret To Changing Your Blogging Niche

What happens when you blog about one thing, and then change it up? What will your readers think? Should you keep on truckin’ with what they’re used to, or follow your passion, interests and what you’ve learned you have a knack for?

The Secret To Changing Your Blogging Niche. Are you thinking about changing your niche and afraid you'll lose subscribers? Don't be. I share why you can pivot your niche, change your niche and why it's still completely ok! by @fillpraycloset

Don’t know what I’m talking about? Sure you do. No doubt you’ve noticed that I have been on a social media + blogging frenzy with my posts and there are some that just ain’t feelin’ it. How do you know? You get the ol’unsubscribe emails. That would normally freak people out. As a blogger, I work hard to build my email list, creating freebies that I think are useful and sharing content that is helpful. So, am I freaking out?

The point is, if you’re on fire about it, and you’ve been true to yourself throughout the blogging journey, that’s all that matters. That’s the secret. Your passion. If you’re up in the middle of the night writing a post about how to rock social media inexpensively like the pro’s (like I was this week between 12AM and 4AM on Tuesday night, thank you very much. I prayed a couple of rosaries before and after the writing sesh, as always!), then you’re passionate about it. Everything starts with passion, even blogging.

This weekend, I am hosting another set of twitter chats with The SITS Girls, so if you can make it, I would LOVE to see you there. 

Share your favorite post of the week on their linky posted Saturday morning, and then hop on the twitter chat at 10AM EDT where we’ll be talking about the one  blogging nut you’ve yet to crack. Then on Monday night at 8PM EDT, we’ll talk about balancing blogging + motherhood/work/life. I would love to see you there.

Tomorrow, I’m up over at SITS again for the Spring Into Social challenge where I’ll tackle Instagram! This will be so much fun, and it has been all week. We’ve covered TwitterPinterest, and YouTube so far. Today, the challenge is Facebook! So if you’ve missed it and want to catch up, there’s still time to link up and meet people!  

I also wanted to let you know that your resident Latina <—that would be me, was interviewed along with 16 other bloggers by Pauline Cabrera of Twelveskip.com (I know, let’s all commence freaking out + happy dancing) about how to make friends with others in your blogging niche. Do you think you have an idea of how I responded? I be you’ll be slightly surprised. Naaaah, you all know me. I’m all about the love.

Happy Thursday and please, visit the other vloggers linking up with Jen @ JVKomChronicles this week as we continue to get out of our comfort zones, because nothing exciting happens there, right? Right!

JVKom Chronicles

The Secret To Changing Your Blogging Niche. Are you thinking about changing your niche and afraid you'll lose subscribers? Don't be. I share why you can pivot your niche, change your niche and why it's still completely ok! by @fillpraycloset

Will Sharing Your Secrets Make You Obsolete?

How do you feel about sharing your wisdom? What are you afraid of? Will Sharing Your Secrets Make You Obsolete? by @faithfulsocial

Ever hear the saying “A rising tide lifts all boats”? That’s what I’m talking about today in the #thoughtsonthurs link up with Jen at JVKomChronicles

The last couple of weeks I have shared a lot of tips and tricks on how I blog and manage social media.

Am I worried that people won’t work with me, or that I won’t be seen as valuable?

Find out.

How do you feel about sharing your wisdom? What are you afraid of? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to hear from you. For more secrets, subscribe and gain access to my exclusive freebies page. 

How do you feel about sharing your wisdom? What are you afraid of? Will Sharing Your Secrets Make You Obsolete? by @faithfulsocial