If you belong to a gym, church, civic club, etc at what point does it become too late or awkward to introduce yourself? You join up, you’re in the mix, say ‘hi’ and maybe strike up a conversation but somehow never made an introduction. Next thing you know, 2-3 months pass and you are talking to each other like friends but now you’ve almost crossed the line for the introduction. It’s like you know each other, but not each other’s names.
You are out with the spouse or friends and see them walking your way. You think, ‘oh great, here comes the guy from the gym; I know him, but don’t know his name’. Somehow, ‘hey buddy’ doesn’t seem appropriate.
Do you turn and run; introduce your wife or friends and not yourself; no introductions at all? Awkward indeed………..
I see this in the social media world as well; I stop by your house, engage and sometimes we even have witty banter. In fact, I have even taken the initiative to follow you and subscribe to your post. It feels like we are friends as you are not ignoring me.
Now I’m not necessarily looking for a certain number of followers and I’m sitting here with much fewer connections to your big number, but do I ever become ‘pals’ with you? Do you even know you haven’t followed me or have you made a conscious decision not to? I’m guessing those are not the numbers important to you now, so maybe it will never happen.
I like your content and audience and you do respond to me so I should be happy with that, huh? It’s really not a big deal but somewhat awkward at times I suppose.
Do you get so big it doesn’t matter who is coming and going? My blog is up and running but I’m not proactively trying to drive traffic yet; but I can’t imagine all 10,000 of the people you follow even have blogs. Did I just get on the train too late for you; I do understand 10,000+ is a big number.
Just makes me go hmmmmm and wonder what others do; eventually unfollow, just keep hanging around or bite the bullet and speak up? In the big scheme of things in this world, does it really matter? Is it a social media faux pas to even bring it up? Just askin’………..