If you’re following me on Facebook or Twitter this past week, you’re probably wondering if someone hacked my account. All’s good. It happens that I’m participating in the first ever Firepole Marketing On-line Scavenger Hunt.
What’s that, you say?
Danny Iny is a fellow Canadian who’s producing some great stuff on how to increase the exposure of your blog. Over the past few months, I’d been thinking of ways to grow D3. I made a few false starts but nothing was motivating me. Then I listened to a free live webinar where Danny presented ideas about gathering an audience to you, finding out what it is they want and then providing it to them in a way that no one else can. It’s almost like a busker’s festival, where the performer draws the crowd in and then gives them a performance that keeps them engaged. Hmmm….that was food for thought.
Then Danny said that he and his team were organizing a free on-line event where, by playing a scavenger hunt game, you could learn more about creating an on-line presence that would attract an audience. He had me at the word “game”. Brilliant really. Learning while playing. That’s the kind of thing that the best university professors do to keep their students engaged and learning, without being an entertainer.
And so this week, because I happen to have a few more days off than I expected, I’m looking at my Scavenger Hunt Challenge List and ticking off the items. At first, the list looked daunting. I’m not a pro-blogger. But then I thought, I’ve got nothing to lose and an opportunity to expand my cyberspace horizons. I let those “monkey mind” thoughts float in and away. Because I was able to let go and just enjoy the game, I got hooked. I was having fun.
It’s only been 7 days and the game runs for 5 weeks. There’s still plenty of time to sign up so go to the Firepole Marketing website and just do it. And when you create your page for Tumblr, could mention that you heard about the Hunt from me, Downward Dog DVM? That would be very nice, please and thank you!
Check me out on my Tumblr page. It’s such a great platform for social media. Better than Facebook and Twitter, I think, but I would never have known about it unless I played the FPM Scav Hunt. Here’s to gamification!