On August 31, we brought home a new puppy. He was a rescue from our local shelter, and not quite 4 months old yet. He joined a household that already had a dog, or a furry angel as I like to say. Phoebe is also a rescue, and she’s from Alabama. She is the best dog in the world, her manners are incredible, and she’s so well-behaved it’s almost amazing.
Now enter this little maniac, who we dubbed Blue (Jean is our last name, and he came home the night of the blue moon, so it seemed appropriate!), into a household that is full of routine. As you can imagine, routine went out the window, and all hell broke loose. I had forgotten how trying a time puppyhood can be, with house training and obedience training, and puppy-proofing everything!
As we’ve settled in with this new little addition to our family, he brings us much joy and laughter. And I’ve realized that there’s a lot we can learn about social media from a puppy too!
First, if you’re just starting out in social media, crawling is an option. Just ask Blue. He’s learned that he can crawl on his belly and get to anywhere in the room (video here!) Don’t just jump right in and start running full speed in social media. Take some time, find out the best way to get to where you want to be, and learn from others.
Next, a little humility goes a long way. Be humble. Don’t toot your own horn too much. Admit when you’re wrong. People will respect you a lot more if you do, and they’ll forgive you, usually. So when you make that little mess that isn’t supposed to be there, look sad, tuck your tail, and say, “I’m sorry!”
Remember to take time to smell the flowers. It’s very easy to spend every waking moment on social networks. But it’s more important to find out the best times by listening to your audience and seeing what works best for them. Work around that schedule, and also, be sure to take time for yourself because life is too short.
You’ve got a friend. There’s a lot of people in social networks who are very kind and willing to help and give advice. There are a lot of people who will also answer questions when you’re stuck. It’s all part of being social. So remember to reciprocate. Comment on others’ blog posts. Share interesting information through Twitter. Post on others’ Facebook pages and share their information on your own. Just remember — it’s not all about you in the social media world.
I’m sure there will be more lessons as we continue to raise this little pup.
So for all you dog lovers out there, what are some other lessons we can learn from our canine friends?