Tuesday, June 22, 2010
"We're so in love with ourselves, and we're selling, selling, selling."
From an interesting article in the Sunday New York Times HERE
Sharing is a good thing. And there's no dishonor in selling. Do you ever feel uneasy that you have shared too much about yourself on a blog or Facebook or Twitter? Or that you have to constantly sell yourself (your product, your service, your skill, your opinion)? Does it make you queasy?
I meet bloggers and readers frequently, because I am on display in the fishbowl of pretties that is the shop I work in. I love meeting them, and having a real life encounter. The funny thing is when they tell me all the things they know about me from the blog. I'm stunned and touched that they remember the details, or even care.
Or have you ever gotten together with a friend who reads your blog, and you start to talk about this and that, and you feel redundant, like maybe they already read it on the blog so it's old hat, or you feel like you're repeating yourself?
Or have you met bloggers who are prolific posters and writers and in person they are shy and can hardly speak? Or that they are virtual shut-ins who never travel anywhere, and prefer not to go anywhere.
Let me tell you that getting bloggers together is not easy. Most prefer life behind the screen. With Skype, and all the other social media, no one really has to go anywhere to have a public presence. And perhaps no one has the time since we spend a major part of our day on the computer.
Frankly I'm amazed by these blog conventions like Blog Her. Who goes to these things? And why? I'd love to have a blog meet up where all we do is talk, and eat, and drink, and hang out, or maybe go on a bloggers house tour, but please no business style networking, giving out cards, name tags, or selling.
Okay I'm off on a tangent here, so back to the article about writing a profile for the social media.
What do you think is TMI (too much information), or TMS (too much selling)? Or is there no limit because we are all truly interested in other people's lives.
I'm up for a good discussion, so in the word of the now defunct Decorno: Discuss.