To Merge or Not to Merge

The question came up in the article by Mari Smith, “Should you merge your personal account with your fan page?”

So… I don’t have any fans really, besides my children and they are just kinda required to like me. Ha!

But I thought I would share a little bit about why I didn’t want to merge my personal account with my business page for this class. I like to know exactly what I am doing. I like to post things I am confident about and feel good sharing. I am learning here so I chose to opt out of merging with my personal account and make a new account for the business page. I think merging is a great idea if you are only using it to connect in the business world. I think if you use it at all on a personal level, it would be hard to keep some things private and only share and read comments from those that really matter to you. Friends and family. Sometimes we don’t need strangers comments or opinions. That would definitely be my reason for keeping them separate.

Read the article at and let me know your thoughts! If you choose to merge accounts, feel free to watch the tutorial on how to merge accounts.

Why Social Media Matters

After reading the book “Why Social Media Matters” by Phil Cooke, I began to think about how I felt about social media. If I am being honest, I saw it as an invasion of privacy and I really didn’t want to have a part in any of it. The quote in the book by Leonard Sweet- “Sorry I just don’t do Facebook,” fit me to a tee! I began thinking about how I am connecting. The way that people connect to each other is through sharing experiences and communicating with others who share our interest and sometimes even people who don’t. Some of those experiences are what we view, read about and discuss on social media through Facebook, Instagram, and Blogs. Even Youtube can tell a story. Whether it is to promote our business or offer encouragement to others through our personal experience or product, that connection is important. One blog I read pretty often is Oklahoma City Mom’s Blog I have a few friends who are bloggers but the most important thing to me is that I can relate to the stories. Some of the blogs are humorous, some promote their business, some announce activities to attend with your kids, but most of all they connect moms to other moms who could be struggling with the same issues in life. Most of the time, the words mean something to someone. Phil Cooke talks about connecting with your audience in his book and finding what exactly connects you with others. For me,it would be mom’s. The shared stories, quotes,and photos on any social media that make me feel like…. I was meant to hear that. Through social media we can reach people and what may be small to one person, may mean the world to another. Connection is the key.