Celebrating an Anniversary

119Two years ago today I was laid off from a 9 to 5 job.

I made a commitment to spend 24 months learning what social media is, using it and creating a difference.

Here’s what I’ve learned in those two years:

  • Twitter is more than talking about what you are doing
  • Blogging can change your life
  • I’m a lucky girl
  • Facebook is the new party line
  • Anyone can do this
  • If you’re smart business owner, you’ll utilize social media to grow your business
  • Listen twice as much as you talk
  • Make new friends – they’ll change your world
  • Speak up
  • Tell a story, people want to hear it

Here’s what I’ve done:

  • Helped write a book – Age of Conversation 3
  • Presented at iBlog Conference
  • travel to Midwest locations and help non-profits build a social media plan
  • Created a business to help small business owners with social media
  • Blogged at and written 396 posts
  • tweeted 17,429 times
  • Learned how to use a Flip from PBS reporter John Pemble
  • learned how my digital camera can make movies from Becky McCray
  • used Animoto to create marketing plans for local businesses
  • work with a brain trust of online members who are committed to making a difference
  • learned how tourism is vital to grow my local community
  • planned a conference that never happened (failure is a good thing too)
  • meet so many people smarter than me and it’s forced my brain to grow

Here’s just a few people I call friend because of social media (this is just a few names) :

  • Becky McCray @beckymccray
  • Linda Crim – @Miss_Dazey
  • Glenda Watson-Hyatt @glendawh
  • Jon Swanson @jnswanson
  • Paul Merrill @paulmerrill
  • Sheila Scarborough @sheilas
  • Chris Brogan @chrisbrogan
  • Patsy Terrell @patsyterrell
  • Cody Heitschmidt @codyks
  • Drew McClellan @drewmcclellan
  • Susan Murphy @suzemuse
  • Jody Halsted @iatraveler
  • Danny Brown @dannybrown
  • Phil Gerbyshak @philg
  • Liz Strauss @lizstrauss

Here’s my plans for the future:

  • Speaking at 140 Character Conference in Hutch
  • Bringing Oprah to Hampton Iowa
  • Working with Simon Estes and the Rising Stars Program
  • Building the best small town tourism plan you’ve ever seen and implementing it
  • Traveling and blogging about it (thanks Geoff Livingston for the inspiration)
  • Sharing the stories of the people in the Midwest
  • Being the best me that I can be!


  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by debworks, Miss Dazey. Miss Dazey said: Wow! You have done so much in 2 yrs, & you only begun RT @debworks: Happy Anniversary to me! […]

  2. Vannie Ryanes on October 18, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Hi Deb,

    I stopped by because I was reading my good friend Linda’s (Miss_Dazey) Twitter page and saw your congrats to yourself. Now how wonderfully positive is that? I have found if you write down your plans for the future or share them with someone you are more likely to follow-through. You have done both; congratulations on two years away from 9 to 5 (although I suspect you work longer hours now) and kudos for sharing your goals.

    Good luck to you.


  3. Phil Gerbyshak on October 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Awesome learnings my friend. You’re really *doing* social media right. It’s all about the conversations and the connections, and I’m glad we were able to create something for both of us!

    Big hugs and congrats! Phil (aka @philgerb).

  4. Deb Brown on October 19, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Vannie –
    I just live Miss Dazey! Thanks for stopping by and for all the encouragement.

    Phil –
    Mwaaahhhh! You get the power in a brain trust!


  5. Becky McCray on October 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Every one of your lessons learned is a story, and a tweet. Congratulations on all you’ve learned, tried, and accomplished. See you soon, in Hutch!

  6. deb on October 23, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Becky –
    thanks! Looking very much forward to Hutch. I think I know what I’m going to say!