Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Real Benefit of Social Media by Steven Fujita, author of Toe Up to 10K

Toe Up to 10K 1Title: Toe Up to 10K
Author: Steven Fujita
Publisher: BookBaby
Pages: 168
Genre: Self-Help
Format: Ebook

 In June 2012, Steven Fujita went to the emergency room, and was diagnosed with meningitis. After four days of improvement, he was scheduled to be discharged when his condition worsened dramatically. His blood pressure, body temperature and sodium levels all became dangerously low. He started to lose consciousness. He was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit. He had suffered spinal cord damage at the T4 level. Upon regaining full consciousness, Fujita could not speak, eat, breathe independently, control bodily functions, nor move his legs. “Once we understand what we have to go through, become resolved to see it through, and know we will survive, we feel our ordeal is not so bad,” Fujita writes. In this book, he takes the reader on a journey of recovery from a spinal cord injury. It is not only a journey of determination and hard work, but of positive attitude, of drawing inspiration, of gratitude towards those around him: his family, his friends, co-workers, and medical professionals.

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The Real Benefit of Social Media
Like many people, I joined Facebook to keep up with current friends, and to re-establish ties with old friends.  I joined Twitter for my “more real time” updates.  Alas, I didn’t have much to say, and I was pretty inactive, even when it came time to promote my books.

Back then, Facebook didn’t have community pages, and Twitter, in its infancy, was used to post whimsical tweets, such as “I am now sitting in front of the tv.”  When my current book, Toe Up to 10K was released, I found it easier to get involved because it was so much easier to “syndicate” posts, i.e, what I posted to my blog could easily post to Twitter and Facebook at the same time.
As I re-acclimated myself back into social media, however, things had changed.  Facebook now had community pages for causes, and such, and Twitter was basically scooping traditional media regarding breaking news.

But I learned the real power of social media is in creating a world community.  On Facebook, when someone has taken ill, or is facing some other obstacle, a “page” is created so that person’s friends can be updated.  On Twitter, I follow people who share inspirational and motivational tweets (in addition to the whimsical and promotion of entertainment mediums, such as books, movies, music, photos).

With a click of the button, I can “like” someone’s page, or “follow” someone’s tweets.  I don’t have to personally know the person.  Upon that action, we get updates from that person, and we can comment, reply or share that post with others.  With these posts we can be inspired or inspire other, be motivated, or motivate others, receive support, or support others.  And what’s cool about this?  Many times, it is strangers inspiring, motivating, and supporting each other. 

Steven Fujita was born in Los Angeles and raised in Torrance, California. He attended college in Washington, D.C., and currently lives in Long Beach, California.

 Listen to Steven Fujita's interview on the Book Club with John Austin, which aired November 2, 2010, about his novella, Sword of the Undead, a re-telling of Bram Stoker's vampire novel, Dracula. http://www.internetradiopros.com/bookclub/?p=episode&name=2010-11-01_zbookcub_for_110210_1st_segment_steven_fujita.mp3

 His other book, $10 a Day Towards $1,000,000, is available on Kindle. This book promotes the idea of using time and savings to build wealth. His new book, Toe Up to 10K, was released in September 2014. This book chronicles his recovery from spinal cord injury he sustained in 2012. Visit his website at: www.stevenfujitaauthor.com   

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