What is a tweet?
It’s the way Elmer Fudd would say, “treat.” You cwazy kids. At this blog, we aim to make your time here a treat…Okay, seriously, here’s what tweet means in Twitter speak.
What is Twitter and why can’t people stop talking about it?
Excellent question! There's the common geek explanation and then there’s our more affectionate definition of Twitter which anyone can understand along with an in-depth 20 second analysis of its popularity.
Is this blog about Twitter or life betterment?
Everyday Tweet is if Twitter and Oprah had a baby except this kid would be edgy Oprah as we’re Gen X. Our goal is to post simple small actionable ways to help people live more authentic lives, and show you the awesomeness of Twitter. You can even take us in your pocket because you can use Twitter on cell phones and mobile devices.
There are like a gazillion blogs already that talk about Twitter. What makes Everyday Tweet different?
The biggest difference will be voice. Here we will speak Oprah instead of Geek as we are fluent in both languages so we can translate.
When we say "everyday" we mean more "lifestyles" than business or technology focused although we will touch on those subjects because life purpose work is part of authentic living. Our hope is to make Everyday Tweet a nice compliment and balance to the expert business and tech blogs about Twitter.
What topics will Everyday Tweet focus on then?
- Twitter topics like: How-to’s, tips, news, trends, what’s hot, socializing, building influence, and even making money. We’ll cover both personal and business use of Twitter but will way heavier on personal use and consumer/lifestyle categories for business.
- Life betterment topics: Healthy living, cleaner eating, personal growth, productivity, decluttering/organizing, personal finance, love/relationships, green, and even some pop culture because hey, talking about celebrities is fun and a whole bunch of them are getting on Twitter.
- Steph’s life: I’ll share stories of how I live authentically because well one should walk their talk and it’s something I’ve become well known for as a blogger.
So, writing only 140 characters and small posts is going to be really easy?
Actually, writing short, concise and interesting is more challenging but I love it. A famous line from Mark Twain that illustrates what I mean, “I didn’t have time to write you a short letter, so I write you a long one.”
What do you mean by “authentic life?”
From the dictionary: [aw-then-tik] not false or copied; genuine; real
Here's my outlook on authentic living:
- Life: You are living who you truly are. We’re not talking about perfect; we’re talking about individual, what’s genuine for you.
From one of my favorite business motivation books, The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann, "The Law of Authenticity: The most valuable gift you have to offer is yourself."
- Food: Mother Nature is the best chef around. Eating foods closest to their natural forms minus artificial ingredients, preservatives, and chemicals is one of the best ways to achieve and maintain a healthy body.
- Fit Body, Mind, Spirit: Physical exercise and movement are key factors to achieving and maintaining well being. Exercise is a natural mood elevator. Exercising one's mind by challenging yourself keeps us upbeat and interesting. Exercising one's spirit helps us evolve into being more loving human beings.
- Work: You're doing your life purpose work not working a job. One big difference between the two: one feels like a job, the other does not because you are doing what you love.
- Love: The motivation for what you do, choose, feel, or think has a foundation of love not fear. Examples. Love: Acceptance, Forgiveness, Giving, Humility, Higher Good. Fear: Guilt, Shame, Greed, Revenge, Selfish Good.
- Balance: A life that has equilibrium, give and take, and moderation.
Why small ways, tiny actions? Won’t that take forevah? I want to see changes now.
In our instant gratification culture where people get impatient with a 5 second web page load or 3 minutes to cook a Hot Pocket, yeah, seeing results from tiny actions could feel like watching paint dry.
However, let’s change lenses. Is that a Nordic Track and set of Tony Robbins CDs I see in the garage collecting cob webs? How are those grandiose plans of yours to lose weight, change careers, find love, and start your own business coming along? Enough said.
Why do big sweeping plans typically fail? We’re all capable of change. We’re just trying to do too much, too soon while leaping out of our comfort zone. Our Inner Resistance Monster starts to rear its ugly head. Tiny actions are easier and have higher odds of sticking long term because we can make changes without freaking ourselves out or feeling overwhelmed.
Hey, I’ve listened to at least half of those Tony Robbins CDs…ok, maybe half of the ones I wanted to hear first. That’s not the point. Are you mocking us?
No. But I do mock this whole notion that we can trick ourselves into believing we think we can drop 10lbs in a week and keep it off for 5 years, or become millionaires overnight, or become wise without experiencing any pain. Results require work. And tiny actions may be small, but you’re still doing work to move forward. It’s better than doing zero.
What makes you qualified to help people live more authentic lives?
I am the first person to encourage creating a “Prosperity Team” as I call it consisting of people like doctors, therapists, specialists, trainers, coaches or degreed and accredited experts. Most people cannot make long term life transformations alone.
What I am good at:
- Writing & pointing. I can translate Geek speak into Oprah speak. I point people in a direction or give them some kind of inspiring starting point. During my blogging career, I’ve shared many of my own personal experiences healing from things like an eating disorder, depression, rape, going from being a millionaire to living on a string, leaving a lucrative Corpse-rate America career to start my own business, and having a parent with cancer. These are some very dark & twisty things, but it leads to the 2nd thing I’m successful at.
- Being an example that no matter how shitty your life can get or how messed up and damaged you think you are, you can pull out of it, and create a life that has meaning, purpose, and joy. Your past dictates your future only if you let it. That crappy painful past can be used to help others.
The social web has given me the ability to not only help myself grow but to help others get through the darkness and keep hope so they can keep going. This is why I love the social web. You are not alone as so many people are kind and supportive.
And I must be doing something worthwhile because I’ve become one of the world’s top bloggers in the healthy living niche, I've gotten media coverage, and I have over 41,000 Followers on Twitter.
So you’ve been a professional blogger for 3-1/2 years now with 3 blogs, and are one of the top names in the healthy living niche. You’re just one person, and this is blog #4, how can you manage it all?
I can’t unless I want to lose my sanity. No one person by themselves can manage 4 blogs especially at the level of quality I produce content. So, the Everyday Tweet is going to be an 8-week experiment. I will put the other 3 blogs on hiatus. At the end, I’ll re-evaluate the blog future.
I’m basically flipping the chart and making my Twitter presence the focus and using this blog to support that Twitter effort. I know, wild. More details on the motivation behind this decision
Why a swan? Swans don’t make tweet sounds.
Can a girl get some creative license here? Indeed swans do not make tweeting sounds, but they are birds. Swan symbolically represents beauty and grace, and living an authentic life to me is a thing of beauty and grace.
One of my favorite stories is The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen because it is a healing story that teaches us beauty is from within, and not a matter of outward appearance. It’s about transformation and that reflects my intent with this blog. To help people make those kinds of transformations in small ways to living a more authentic life.