I will be offering classes beginning in August on just these things. Please stay tuned.
My business SMART Focus Strategies does just what you are asking for. The acronym SMART stands for Social Media and Relationship Training and the Focus part helps people focus in on building the right relationships within the most powerful Social Media sites for you and for your business.
As for the "slogging through the blogging" there are many, many, many virtual assistants all over the world that will help you with that task.
If you have read The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss, you'll recognize his outsourcing strategy and you can put it to great use for yourself. If you have not read The 4-Hour Workweek ... hurry to your nearest book store and grab your copy. I read it in one day. Awesome book!
@Melinda - One of the things that can be overwhelming is just what you mentioned here, "I've found myself participating in more and more online networks, and really have no idea what to do with them!"
There are thousands of online social networking sites and groups that you can get involved with. However, quantity is always trumped by quality. I would suggest that you look at the quality of your connections and spend the greatest amount of what is always limited time on the sites where you can truly make an impact in your ability to give value to others in that network.
I would encourage you to take a look at which areas you can whittle the list down so that you can really focus in on your efforts and the impact you can make for yourself and for others. Once you've got that under control ... then you can add more.
You are not alone. Having the time and making the time is always a challenge in all aspects of our businesses. It comes down to what is important to move you toward your business goals. Taking on Social Media and Social Networking in bite sizes allows you time to get used to it, make it part of your routine, and to find what/where works best for you.
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