Sunday, July 26, 2009

Riding Harleys, Bar B Ques and Swimming... I love summer!

Here we are and I have some great friends on Twitter granted, even though most of my life is lived here in South Dakota. I am taking a break from writing about Twitter and want to share some of my life with you all.

Today was awesome...
It started at 8:00 am when I got up did a little reading and reflection. Then wouldn't you know it my home and office internet connection was not working..
I took that as a sign and then remembered that there was planned maintenance today and left without check my sites and stats.
I headed out on this perfect morning headed for Black Hills fellowship where I go to get refreshed every week. We have an awesome group that has become our extended family there.

We had plans to ride out to Sheridan Lake for a BarB Que as our bro Scratches Mom was in town and he wanted her to meet us all. Dakota Point was the planned spot.

So off we rode side by side, headed for Sheridan Lake, it was quite a bit warmer now. Man I love summers :-)
We stopped at the top of the hill and pulled into the gas station to let everyone catch up...

We then headed into the beautiful Black Hills, headed for Dakota Point for some food and more... The warm air , sounds of large v twin exhausts and the smell of pines made it an memorable ride..
We arrived and parked the bikes, started chatting with some people allready enjoying Dakota Point.. Time to eat!
Scratch built the fire and cooked some great burgers and dogs..
We ate enjoyed the company and all waited the recommended time :-)
Then headed for the lake.. The water was warm and day was made complete by our friends as we frolicked in Sheridan Lake taking a break from the hot day...

Great food, great ride and the real gold great friends!

My day was great and now I am having a blast with my Twitter friends!

Till next time, enjoy your family and friends because this life is short and passing. When it fades the people that are in your life will be all that really matter...
So take some time soon, today, tonight or this week at least and enjoy what really matters as life is too short not to!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Twitter The Magical Marketing Goldmine, so we are told...

Hello my friends,

There are so many misconceptions about Twitter that I feel it is important to write about the reality of life on Twitter.
The community of Twitter is currently being bombarded by well meaning (well most any way..) people who want us to believe that Twitter is a magical goldmine . They give credence to the myth that Twitter is a magical goldmine that you can harvest and become wealthy beyond your wildest dreams...

We are continually receiving direct and @ reply messages telling us, "leverage twitter and become wealthy", "use my system and get 3000 followers in seven days and make money", "Serious about using twitter for your marketing? You gotta see this" and many others...

Is Twitter a magic gold mine?

Not like so many would have as believe and madly click on their links breaking out our trusty Visa cards.
The truth is that Twitter is a gold mine, a gold mine of people who are there to share their lives with others are like minded. I have found a goldmine of people who have a heart, love to help others and enjoy communicating with this 140 character platform!
I have been able to meet and become with many fine people that I would not ever have met if it wasn't for Twitter and the power of social networking.

Social networking and Twitter being my personal favorite, is a modern day phenomenon. The riches are in the people!
The truth is just as in this wonderful world we live in there will always be those who prey on and those who fall prey to the promises of easy money, power and fame.

I have changed much of how I approach and interact with the people on social networking sites, yes I post links, my internet businesses are taking shape. We are making money online in recession proof businesses. The real value though is the friendships I have made and there will be many more as like minded people gravitate towards each other.
I also post the finds I come across of value, things that are interesting, helpful or just funny! I help those I can and try to boost any valid non profit that I deem worthy. These things are the value I provide.. I have many who comment every week, thanking me for sharing links, caring and playing music. It is great fun!

I recommend ignoring the stuff that we know is just straight up hog as in real life.. actually Twitter has become a part of my real life..
The people are real, have real feelings, wants and desires and just want to make a connection!

The truth is and the beauty of Twitter is if my tweets, or someone elses disturbs you or goes against your core beliefs there is a little magic block button.. Use it if you must! I have used it, very rarely though. Twitter is truly opt in in that sense that if some tweeps are unbearable to you, just unfollow them. Very simple to this simple riding man..

The true goldmine of Twitter is not the money we have been making my friends it is you, it is the people. Unique individuals that are generous enough to share their lives, loves, likes, and gripes with us on Twitter!
Thanks for reading my rant and beyond all have fun, life is too short to stress about some small minded people that drive ya batty :-)

Mine the gold of Twitter! Reach out and give someone A SMILE, ENCOURAGE THEM, practice the qualities of a true friend and experience the true benefits of Twitter!
Have fun my tweeps:-)