What’s Next?

This coming Saturday, May 9th, 2015, I will be graduating from The University of New Mexico with my Bachelors. It has been a long journey but I am so happy to have come this far. I will be the first college graduate from my family. As for my career I have several options to choose from. I have majored in a field of study that is primarily geared towards physical fitness and health education. There are many ways I can use social media to network myself in this career path. First off, this class has helped me learn the basic foundations and principles of being a blogger. I would have never thought I would create my own blog site and participate in regular blog posts discussing various topics. I can implement blog posts into my life as a personal trainer by blogging about my life dedication to fitness. Within these blog posts I can discuss various exercise routines, diet plans, and ways to improve overall health to different audiences other than those I surround myself with at the gym. Besides being a personal trainer, I also wish to pursue a profession as an artist. I would like to go back to school for graphic design which will give way to me opening my own clothing brand. The use of social media will help me tremendously in this area. I have learned the do’s and do not’s when it comes to posting material online, especially for major corporations and businesses. I may also use social media accounts to my advantage. They can be used primarily for advertising and networking myself to new individuals and audiences. I have been able to gain some credibility due to my usage of social media as an artist. I now have a better understanding of social media and what it is entitled to. This will allow me to become more efficient when it comes to speaking to audiences online and how I can network myself. I will continue to blog regularly about my personal topic regarding Street Art and Graffiti. Through my research I have not found much blogs pertaining to these art forms here in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have learned so much from this course regarding social media. I will continue to practice what I have learned in hopes for it to open doors and opportunities in my near future.

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Awareness: Maintain a Clean Online Reputation

Every individual more than likely has a social media account whether it is on Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, or Instagram. Even high status professionals such as celebrities, athletes, and local congressmen all have some sort of social media account. In some cases they may face threats to their overall online reputation. I believe it is critical to maintain a management strategy in order to prevent negative face value. My rule of thumb when it comes to posting any material online is to first think of the message you are trying to relay to your audience. I use this technique on the regular, since I am an artist and post the majority of my work through my social media accounts. I tend to think: 1) What am I going to post and why? 2)What potential messages, negative or positive, will my viewers receive? 3) How will this affect me in the long run?. These are just a few questions I ask myself prior to posting images or updating statuses on my social media accounts. I have found that maintaining a clean face with your intended audience on social media will not only protect you from criticism but will also market and advertise yourself. For example, some of the pieces I have composed produce numerous amounts of interest among my audience. As a result my audience networks me, tagging friends and family members in my posts. This has helped build my target audience and reputation I would like to have as an artist. Another tactic professionals should use when posting on social media is to refrain from deleting offensive or negative material. Even though I have not posted anything like this on my accounts, this is one major component I have learned in this course. Instead of deleting what is seen as negative or offensive, professionals should create and update positive content that may help them overcome the negativity. This will allow their audience to understand the mistake they have made and how they are attempting to implement ways of change into their work. Overall these are just a few concepts of social media management I have learned throughout the duration of this course. I strongly recommend anyone who posts regularly on social media to follow these key concepts in order to prevent negative feedback.

Fitness Plateaus

Anyone who pursues a lifestyle of being physically active, whether it be in the gym or through various outdoor activities, have all experienced what is known as a plateau. This week I reviewed another blog post from Steve Kamb regarding fitness plateaus. Steve raises several good points on what a plateau is and how to combat this process when it occurs. According to Steve a plateau occurs when, “you stall out on progress despite continuing to do “all of the right things,” usually including eating right, exercising properly, getting adequate rest, etc.” I personally hit plateaus when it comes to the goals I hold for myself physically. There are just days when I feel unmotivated to push myself in the gym. As a result this is a waste of a workout and time. According to Steve, one way to rise above a plateau is by setting small personal goals each day. This is a concept I have been practicing regularly for the past few years. For example, when I go to the gym each day I plan in my head what lifts I would like to accomplish in order to continue making gains. Whenever I abide to to the workouts I have in mind, this leaves me with feelings of success and accomplishment. Another suggestion Steve had was to switch up your routines at the gym. I tend to follow the same workout routine, hitting the same muscle groups, lifts, and having the same rest days each week. A result of doing the same thing over and over, it allows our body to become more efficient at that activity. Whenever I hit a plateau due to repetitiveness, I start my workouts by doing a lift I do not usually start off with or I am unfamiliar with. This allows me to experience new workouts and how I can implement them into my routine.  One of the final pointers Steve leaves us with is to realize we have bad days/weeks at the gym. I could not agree more with him. Life and its stressors can catch up to us leaving us unable to fully focus on what we are trying to achieve in the gym. When this happens Steve suggests that we give it our all on days we feel great and not so much on our down days. I personally do not agree with this statement. When I was a kid I remember always telling myself, “Whenever you have bad days or don’t feel like doing it, these are the days that count. You need to push yourself harder”. By doing this, we not only push our bodies physically but we also build mental strength and endurance. Overall I really enjoyed Reading Steve Kamb’s post regarding Fitness plateaus and how to counter them. 

For more information on Steve’s Blog regarding Fitness Plateaus visit:

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2014/01/21/what-to-do-when-you-hit-a-plateau/