Monday, October 3, 2011

Mentoring Mondays - Best of July 2011

Mentoring Mondays has been around 3 months now, and I hope you have been enjoying it as much as I have.  Now, I have a question for you...Have you just been reading or have you been doing?  You can come here and read Mentoring Mondays each and every week, but if you just read and don't act you're missing out.  Today I wanted to remind you of my favorite tips from Mentoring Mondays first month - July, and challenge you to act upon the advice and tips that speak to you.  Each and every Mentoring Mondays has fabulous information, remember you can easily find them on the Mentoring Mondays page.

Kristen - Cooking With Mickey
What is the biggest mistake most new bloggers make?
Trying to be someone they are not.  You need to write your blog the way you are.  Don't be afraid to inject your personality into it.  Let your readers get to know you and be genuine.

Sarah - Magical Days With The Mouse
How important is social networking (Facebook/Twitter) to blogging?  Any advice on getting more likes/follows?
I think both are very important.  Not only do they allow you to promote your blog, but it's also a great way to communicate with the people who are looking at it too.

My advice for gaining followers is to interact with the ones you already have.  If someone takes the time to tweet a message to you, take a moment to respond.  Word of mouth is a great thing, and you will see people suggesting you to their friends.

Amanda - Disney Go To Girl
What is the best/worst advice you have ever received?
The Best advice came from Chris Brogan, social media guru, during his presentation at Disney Social Media Moms last March. His message deals with "putting yourself out there" and I’d love to share a few of his valuable quotes with you:
"Be everywhere.  Use all the social networking sites and use your site as just a home base."
"If you are not connecting every day you are not building your brand.  ALWAYS be connecting."
P is for presence.  You want to be everywhere.  That's how people get noticed.  If you blog 2X per day you double your traffic in no time at all.

Jodi - Magical Mouse Schoolhouse
How important is social networking (Twitter/Facebook) to blogging?  Any advice for getting followers/likes?

Extremely!  As I said above, you cannot underestimate the importance of social media networking.  It is FREE marketing.  You have access to potentially thousands of readers.  You connect with people who share your personal and/or business interests who are more than willing to spread word about your site.  (Of course, it's common courtesy to return the favor.)  It really is the best way to let people know your site exists, to find people you can learn from, and really make some great friends.

The easiest way to increase your following is to follow.  Look over people's Twitter lists, like my list of Disney Tweeters.  Follow those who interest you.  Many but not all will follow you back.

Participate in #FF (Follow Friday) on Twitter.  Recommend the people you enjoy and follow others who are recommended.

Very important:  Interact with your followers! Converse with them.  Build relationships with them.  Not only will you find some great new friends, but they'll learn more of what you're about and will be better able to recommend you to their friends and followers.

Participate in blog hops.  Host or guest host them on your blog as well.  I host Tiggerific Tuesday! Blog Hop...or Bounce!  every Tuesday.  Stop by and link up.  Email me at jodi(at)magicalmouseschoolhouse(dot)com if you'd like to guest host.

Leave meaningful comments on others' blogs.  And don't forget to leave your URL!

Guest post on others' blogs and occasionally invite them to guest for you.  You'll bring in some of their readers.

Join social media sites.  For Disney bloggers, join Dismarks, the Disboards, Mouselinked, ect.  Join theme groups on sites like LinkedIn, and be an active participant.

Study the market and educate your self.  Give your self a pat on the back for doing that right now by reading this post.

 JL Knopp - The Disney Driven Life
What is the best/worst advice you have ever received?
The best advice I ever received was to ignore the "peckers."  It seems that there are some people that will do what they can to drag you down, especially when you are headed in the right direction.  Their motives are varied, but usually the appropriate response is the same.  Do not acknowledge their hurtful actions.  Stay focused on your goal and walk towards it with dignity.

The worst advice I ever received was to keep the focus of my blog on me.  My blog did start off being solely about me and my family but transitioned into being about a community with a shared habit of bringing Disney into their homes.  The evolution of this has put a lot of "cooks in the kitchen," and sometimes created difficult situations that have had to be worked through.  However, I won't ever try to take center stage on my blog again.  I feel the impact that the blog has had on people's lives has been far greater and more powerful because of the community aspect of The Disney Driven Life.

My bit of advice today, don't be afraid of change, embrace it instead. 

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Walt Disney
I love bringing Mentoring Mondays to you, I am learning from each and every post, and I hope you are too.  Please let me know if there are any topics or bloggers

Have a Magical Day!!

Donna Kay


  1. Donna, I have taken so much from mentoring Mondays. It has really made me take the time to reflect on my writing, my interactions and managing my time. I know I have said this before, but Mentoring Mondays is a brilliant idea and I look forward to reading every new installment! Thank you!

  2. Thank you Beth! You support means more to me than you will ever know.


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