Every bit of what is written below was written with the independent gospel artist in mind, so please take notes.
THE DEFINITION OF SOCIABLE v. - characterized by pleasant, informal conversation and companionship adj. – friendly, affable, genial, companionable
I would like for you to picture yourself at one of the mega churches, where on any given Sunday, there are 5,000 or more members in attendance. As you look around you, wherever you may be seated, you have people on either side of you and maybe a row or two behind and in front of you, and rows parallel to your row where one of the pews lines up perfectly with yours. And if you lean over a little and look to the left and right, you can see the people in those rows maybe if you squint your eyes a bit. On Facebook, the people in your row are your family and close friends, the rows in the front and back and on either side are your distant relatives and acquaintances and everyone else falls into the category of “Friend of a Friend.” In a mega church, unfortunately, there isn’t enough room or time for fellowship time, where you make it a point of shaking the hand of someone you do not know, but on Facebook, you can shake hands all day until you get tired. So why aren’t we shaking more hands instead of asking for donations?
Please ask yourself this question. Are you more likely to make a purchase from someone you feel you know or a complete stranger that keeps sending the same message repeatedly saying, “My cd is available for download on iTunes?” Okay, let me ask you another question. How many times have you seen something someone posted on your wall and said to yourself, “How he get on my wall? We friends?” And it’s a good question to ask yourself, but you should already have a general idea.
HOW TO BE MORE SOCIABLE
When you have time, start visiting the pages of those friends on your list whose names make you raise at least one eyebrow when you see it on your Facebook screen. Look through their page, comment on a post that interests you, offer encouragement if they appear to be going through a rough time, take a minute to watch their video if it’s a fellow artist, communicate with them after watching it to let them know what you think, check their about page to see if they have a website and leave a comment there if it’s allowed. If it’s their birthday, take a moment to say a simple “Happy Birthday” and if you feel inspired, leave a poem.
- Beg for donations for yourself from people you never communicate with on a regular basis. (If it’s a charity, or for one of your children, that’s different).
- Remember, you have a wall on your page, so don’t clutter your friends’ walls with your announcements. One post a day, unless you and your friend have an agreement, is all that’s necessary if you’d like to keep that friend. (I have become very good friends with someone who did this to me. In fact, I’m a huge fan, but remember, situations don’t always turn out this way and it can get unfriendly.)
- Don’t instant message someone you don’t communicate with to ask them to follow you on Twitter or ‘Like’ your page.
- Don’t tag me in a photo I ain’t in and then wear my phone battery down because everyone commenting has gotten emotional about your photo. That’s not fair to have me looking at my phone reading a message saying, “So and So commented on a photo of you,” and getting me excited about a false connection.
- Don’t copy an image from someone’s page and then post it on yours as if it originated from you. Just click the share link. Geez!
- Don’t expect someone to come out and support you and you can’t show up and do the same. In closing, I just want to remind you of this; your creativity, in whatever way you have been blessed to express it, is just a part of who you are, it doesn’t make up the whole. The people you minister to now and in the future, want to experience more of you, so remember to be as candid as possible in your posts and photos. People like transparency so be as transparent as possible. And please, please, PLEASE – Let’s start doing a little more fellowshipping on and offline. You can start here by leaving a comment. Amen?!
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Shout outs to all featured in this past Tuesday’s Vlog – Shakina (Kina Da Prophetic Poet) Lewis, Diego Tha GoGetta Fuller, and Articulite Poetry. Shout out also to Serious James who was a guest this past week on The RapFest Show which was U-Streamed. Interview flowed and you all seemed very comfortable around each other.
I’m closing this blog out this week with a dedication video in memory of the late Whitney Houston. May God continue to Bless each and everyone of you.