When I do monotonous tasks like captioning videos or waiting for videos to render, I usually put on something to watch in the background. My latest distraction has been watching Veronica Mars (2004-2007) for the first time.
For those who may have also missed the show’s original airing, it’s about a teenage girl named Veronica Mars. Her father is a private investigator, which Veronica has also become quite skilled at herself. Her schoolmates often find themselves in a jam and call upon Veronica to help them out.
If you haven’t watched it, you should. Watching the teenage Kristen Bell solve crimes is awesome! There are also a surprising number of cameos. But anyway, what can we learn from this high school sleuth?
1. PEOPLE ASKED FOR HER HELP BECAUSE OF HER REPUTATION [OF FIXING THINGS]
Even if the person didn’t particularly like Veronica, the troubled teen would know instantly to seek Veronica out because of her amazing track record. She didn’t need to advertise her services because people actively sought her out, knowing that she was their best chance for success. I hope to be like that someday.
When a new video program comes out, I want people to message me and ask “so what do you think about XX?” or “When is your course on XX coming out?” haha, that would be awesome! The only way that will ever happen is if I can show people what I can do with what’s currently available. It’s tough to build something and when it’s done, wonder “okay…now what?” I want to build more courses, but I have to get my name out there somehow! Which brings me to my next point…
2. PEOPLE KNEW WHERE TO FIND HER
Whenever someone had a problem, he/she would know to go to the girl’s bathroom (yes, guys, too) to plead his/her case. While I know that each social media platform has its own favored type of content, I think it’s good to have one major platform that people know that it’s the best place to reach you. I don’t have a following yet, but I think there’s a lot of merit in Twitter.
I just read an article about the World’s Friendliest Influential Social Media Experts that showed that Twitter isn’t just for posting an interesting article or an update about yourself. We can actually interact with people and build relationships! I gotta say that I was pretty stoked when Gary Vaynerchuk responded to my e-mail and when Patt Flynn replied to my tweet! I’ve been so inspired by both of them over the years that I think it must be a similar feeling when a person meets a famous celebrity/sports player. I’d love to get to the point where someone was actually happy to receive a Twitter reply from me! Haha, oh my. Moving on!
3. WHEN SHE NEEDED HELP, PEOPLE HELPED
She helped so many people that whenever she needed help making a connection or with something that she wasn’t good at, she had someone she could ask for help. These people weren’t necessarily her friend, but they still tried to help her because they knew her character and that she wouldn’t do anything with malicious intent.
I try to always keep in mind that helping people should be my number one priority. Focus on providing value and showing that value and people will be happy to help you or learn from you. It’s a struggle in my mind as to what to keep in my courses and what to just release for free. Heck, if I could, I would love to just release all of my courses and tutorials for free and set up a Patreon for anyone who wants to donate to support me. That’s probably still a ways down the line since I’m still struggling with getting traction to the site, but damn, that would be amazing!
Marketing myself is such a foreign concept in my brain. Putting up content and praying that people will find me won’t work. I gotta get out there and start making some noise! If Veronica could do it, I have to do it, too!