Monday, July 11, 2016

Dear 2006 Kevin

The fam in 2006
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter
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On a recent #AskGaryVee Show he posed this question to listeners. "What would you tell yourself if you went back in time 10 years and could give that person advice?" I instantly knew exactly what I'd say.

Backstory:
Ten years ago I was 33 years old. I was MySpace savvy. I hadn't signed up for Facebook nor Twitter at that point. I'm not even sure if Facebook was even available to the non-college crowd yet. Twitter was in its infancy and I wouldn't start tweeting for another three years. Blogging was a thing, but I dismissed it big time. But by summer 2006 I had started doing it through the app on MySpace. YouTube had been around just over a year.  Now that the scene is set, here's my letter to my self.

July 11, 2006

Dear Kevin:
I'm writing to you from the future. Things are just fine with the family in 2016. Your hair is much more grey now, but having two teenagers and a tween will do that to a person. I'm writing this to tell you to NOT wait to start blogging. You have friends who are doing it. Don't dismiss this idea. It's not a flash-in-the-pan concept. Blogging will actually become a revenue source for you. Starting now will help establish an audience and credibility.

Also, quit watching wrestling videos on YouTube. In a few years WWE will have a whole network of content you can watch everything you've ever wanted. Instead, start creating content on YouTube NOW. It's only been around a year you can be unique and original with your channel and get a good following. 

Twitter
Sign up for Twitter. Yes sounds weird and not many people understand how it works now. But trust me, it will become a valuable tool in marketing your blog and vlog. That pound sign will become a whole new tool too, so understand how it works. You're also going to be doing a podcast eventually. You might as well learn how to do that now and monetize it while the world is still trying to figure out what's up with podcasting. 

2016: The Craftbeericans (@Craftbeericans on social media)
Good luck and keep your chin up. Oh and when you start getting tweets from some strange guy named @iTomHarness, don't ignore him. He's going to become a great friend and teach you some things about how all this social media stuff works. And put down the Bud Light and try some craft beer. Tom will teach you more about that too, but at least go into it looking like you know something.

See ya in 2016.

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