dot.me, billdorman dot me; this was my response to the question “how do I find you”? My wife and I were leaving a dinner party we attended with friends when this question was asked.
I know, I know, you thought I meant ‘that’ coming out; no way Jose, I might give you a man hug but I like the ladies (my wife) too much.
How did all this start
Most know my story about the invisible blogger moniker and Gini Dietrich being my gateway into the ‘real’ social media world. Well, a couple of months ago, these Spin Sucks charges started showing up on my credit card statement; it was time to come clean with my wife about the extent of my blogging activities. Her only question was, “are you making any money”? And of course, she still wants to know……….:).
So, other than a handful of people at the office and just a very few locals, not many people in real life knew that I was ‘a blogger‘. Ok, don’t any of you smart asses say a word, let me finish the story.
No more secrets
We are out to dinner with four other couples and as soon as I sat down, one friend who I’m connected with on LinkedIn exclaims “so, I see you are a blogger”. Well that certainly got the conversation going and then everybody wanted to know what I was blogging about, how to find me, how much time, etc.
Of course my friend (who probably never read a post of mine) was telling everyone at the table I was divulging everything about my personal life online. That was getting the big yucks and causing me to get the evil eye from the wife.
Long story short, this is pretty much our core group of friends; the cat is officially out of the bag, Dorman is a blogger.
Similar to the Gini revelation above, it was somewhat liberating. For the most part, this group of people are on Facebook at best, but that’s about it. If nothing else, it did spur some interesting conversation.
Is it time to cut the cord?
I’m thinking the ‘invisible’ moniker has run it’s course and starting to wear a little thin. I was thinking of opening it up for suggestions, as Marcus Sheridan did with his site, ultimately choosing Mark Harai’s offering. Let me ask, when is the last time anybody has seen Mark?
Rumor has it, since Marcus has skyrocketed to fame since that move, Mark wanted his cut of the action. Little did he know Marcus had sold his soul to the mob for his stardom and soon as Mark started sniffing around…..I don’t know…….all I do know is the search parties have been called off.
Therefore, to keep everyone safe I think I will try this endeavor on my own.
The new Coke
What do you think; will I lose my identity? Does it really matter? Have any of you done a total change, and if so, was it better afterwards? Are there any ‘do-overs’ in the social media world?
Do most of your face to face friends know the extent of your social media involvement? If so, what do they think about it?