The newest version of World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria, has been a phenomenally fun experience to play. There’s so much to do, so much to learn, so many different ways to play the game, but one aspect I wanted to highlight today is farming. Previously, this meant the laborious activity of gathering minerals or herbs around the world, but with the latest expansion, you get to operate an actual farm in the Valley of Four Winds.
In order to successfully manage your farm, you must cultivate your plots of land, plant appropriate crops, and occasionally grab your sword to kill giant garden pests. Each day, you’re given a certain number of daily tasks to do in order for your farm to thrive, and once it does, it generates plenty of farm goodness, from food to materials you need for your characters.
What makes this different from other farm game implementations is that it’s on a daily rotation. Unlike other farming games such as Farmville, Warcraft’s internal timer forces everything to a once-a-day routine. You can’t buy anything to make your farm go faster. (yet, anyway)
In many ways, this digital farm exemplifies how you should handle your tactical social media planning. Think about what your daily “farming” quests might look like if you operated social media like a Warcraft farm. Here is a sample of what my daily list looks like:
! Endorse 5 people on LinkedIn
! Unfollow 10 bots I accidentally followed
! Write 1 blog post
! Reply to people who messaged me
! Read blogs and pick 5 items to share
! Post #the5
! Wish happy birthday to people on Facebook
! Block and ban blog spam
Note that like your Warcraft farm, there’s not much you can do to accelerate the process. What makes both your Warcraft farm and your social media work blossom and bear fruit is consistency, executed daily. Make a list of the things you need to do daily and share it with your team, and start growing your social media as surely as giant turnips in World of Warcraft.
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