This week started on a high note. The results for the Top 10 Social Media Blogs 2012 from Social Media Examiner arrived on my iPhone while I was getting my first coffee on Monday. SocialMouths was named #1.
The afternoon wasn’t that fun when my server crashed welcoming all the traffic from the post, even though SocialMouths does not live in a shared $5 server at GoDaddy… still crashed. But that’s a whole different story.
So I’d say it’s been a pretty good week.
Sorry for the totally intended and shameless bragging here.
Seriously, I have always said here on the blog and to my clients that you should not feel bad about promoting yourself, as long as that’s not all you do online. Believe me, I know some people that take self-promotion to a new level.
Besides the self-promotion, I really wanted to share that one with you guys.
I have a few issues with social proof online, how we present it and how people are starting to percibe it. Social Proof is social, it’s how we are recognized for the work we do by others, not by algorithms.
I recently removed my Adage badge and a couple of others I had on the blog’s sidebar for that reason and because I never had any of my clients say that they hired me because I’m on the Adage list.
I see this different, the Top 10 list has been put together by people, by the audience through their nominations and by the people at SME. That’s why I’m seeing this as social proof but more importantly, I’m taking it as validation of my work. So I’m telling you right now that I will be rocking the shiny badge for a bit.
Thank you Mike Stelzner, Cindy King and the rest of the team over at Social Media Examiner (and thanks for crashing my fancy server) as well as Bonnie Boglioli-Randall and the team from Social Technology Review.
And thank you guys that come here every week to read the blog, share the love through a like or a tweet or we have conversations around the interwebs. You guys rock, seriously!