I have recently came to the above conclusion after many wonderful encounters/opportunities made possible interactions on this magical place called the world wide web. Forbes has a list of powerful women to follow, http://www.forbes.com/2010/01/07/twitter-brand-building-forbes-woman-power-women-social-media.html?partner=14powerwoman Well there list is just fine and dandy, but I have my very own list of power players. Forbes and I do have one thing in common… read on my friends.
Case in point #1 Danielle Hayes
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I met Danielle in November of 2008 when she was launching a lovely little site called Haute Cowgirl. This site grew quickly and morphed into the ever famous “Western Glamour Media” I soon found myself obsessed with blogging. I was writing at least one post a day either on my own personal blog or writing posts for Haute Cowgirl. Danielle was very kind and patient and showed me the ropes. I appreciated being able to participate on such a up and coming successful website (THANKS DANIELLE!). Anyways I got busy and stepped away from blogging for awhile. However much to my surprise I got a call from Danielle a few months ago. She was moving to my little hometown in the Sandhills of Nebraska. The World Wide Web is making our World smaller every day it seems. I grew up in a town of 1800 people so I was convinced Danielle’s moving to Nebraska maybe had something to do with her husbands job. BUT maybe just maybe it was because I was supposed to meet Danielle IRL(in real life!) So I went home to visit my Mom one weekend and prepared to meet someone who I had gotten to know pretty well in virtual world for the last two years. It turns out Danielle was just as fabulous in person as she is online. And her kids are even more cute in person. Danielle fixed a fabulous lunch and we went to the river. We enjoyed a great picnic and talked about our family, friends, websites etc. We had a great visit and I thought back to how lucky I was to encounter Danielle in the first place. She was the one who introduced me to twitter. I remember telling Danielle that twitter seemed like it was for 13 year old girls. She laughed and told me to just give it a shot.
Case in Point #2 Gwen Bell
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Then ran across an article that named the most powerful women in Social Media. So I checked out the list and followed everyone on the list. Shortly after that I noticed on the “most powerful” announced a free social media conference at the ATLAS Institute in Boulder, Colorado. I signed up immediately to the 8 week session limited to only a roomful of lucky social media hopefuls ready to meet the master. I went I learned, I shared, I laughed, I scratched my head and fell in love. That’s right I fell in love with twitter! I connected to the technology, the ideas, the people, the fast moving pace! Gwen helped me set up a social media plan for my work. I then also started implementing ideas for my husband’s business and for my own personal blog. After a little help from Gwen I now have my husband’s trailer business buzzing online. I had hoped to bring Gwen to Cheyenne someday to spread the knowledge and enthusiasm. Well there were two ladies right here in Cheyenne who beat me to the punch! Gwen is going to be the keynote at this year’s Social Wyo Conference.
Case in point #3 Juliette Rule
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I have followed Miss Rule on Twitter for awhile now. Well Juliette and I recently got to meet for lunch IRL. I have had a predicament regarding social media. She listened and listened and listened until I made her late for her next meeting. She then proposed some fabulous solutions and we agreed to coffee again soon.
Case in Point #4 Jenn Zeller
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While blogging about my fairly western life and horses I also found a fellow blogger with many similarities. The South Dakota Cowgirl, Miss Jenn Zeller! Jenn is a very talented horsewoman, writer, blogger, singer and all around hand. While trolling twitter one day Jenn started talking about how she was going to be attending a Buck Brannaman horsemanship clinic in Steamboat Springs. I really wanted to attend the clinic with Jenn However I had too many conflicts with my work schedule to attend. Instead I told Jenn to stop in Cheyenne and let me meet her IRL! Jenn stopped in Cheyenne with her horses and her sweet friend Sharon. We went to supper chatted it up about blogging, ranching, cows, horses, Jenn’s chickens etc. She stayed overnight and went on to enjoy a great clinic. AND guess what else? She even blogged about it, read it here.
So there you have it my friends. It turns out not a single one of my online friends/heros met IRL wasn’t an axe murderer. So please I encourage you, get out there! Don’t know how? Don’t worry you just need to attend Social Wyo, register here.
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Oh and please don’t forget my lovely friend Kim (@searskim) who you met last year.
Be sure to check back to my blog this whole week. I will be writing about social opportunities in Cheyenne and highlighting some other famous bloggers and twits(really I meant it as a term of endearment) Good Night World Wide Web!