Most will agree if you are not moving forward you are either standing still or falling behind. It is healthy to always be learning and growing so you don’t become irrelevant. However, do you feel this hamster wheel we are on in here does not allow for us to ‘stop and smell the roses’ at times?
I didn’t expect it to change like this
Everybody seems to have their own life cycle in social media, but for me things started to tilt right before the beginning of the summer. I was still fairly new and everything was fresh and fun; I had free reign to just be a knucklehead. It’s when I got the reputation for being ‘everywhere’.
A group of my ‘friends’ at the time attend BWENY, the Blog World event in NY. One friend in particular was so disappointed in the event he was the first to fire a salvo expressing his displeasure. This stirred quite the debate and instead of everybody coming back to their social media routines; a fair amount of time and energy was devoted to the debate on this.
I did not attend so didn’t have quite the same passion or enough information to weigh in; I remained on the sidelines.
That is just not possible
Also about this time, everyone’s best friend aka Superwoman Gini Dietrich launched Spin Sucks Pro. It turned out SSP still had some ‘issues’ to deal with and she had to bring it back in for more development. I mean really, what are the chances of something like that happening?
To me, I detected a subtle change in her demeanor but certainly not unexpected given the circumstances. However, it was enough of a bump to give everything a slightly different ‘social’ feel for me.
Summer in the Hampton’s
Summer arrives and now the kids are home, everyone has vacations scheduled, routines are changed, etc. What used to be predictable engagement has now become a hit or miss proposition.
On top of that everyone started talking about a social media malaise; people were getting burnt out. I couldn’t tell if it was just the ‘dog days’ of summer, or not.
Finally, at least 3 people I know that were very active, just went away. I still see their automated tweets from Triberr, but it’s like looking at a ghost ship. The lights are on but nobody is home.
Wait, there is more
In social media it can still seem like a virtual love fest at times. Everybody is writing about their passion, living life fully, their love and happiness, etc.
For whatever reason in the month of September, I have read more tails of woe and challenges my friends are dealing with in their lives right now. Some are health related, some financial and some deal with loved ones. It saddens me to hear this, but I’m hearing it over and over.
This didn’t just start in September; what in the heck is going on?
Where do we go from here?
I expected change but never expected it to happen all at once. Is this just the nature of social media because you know so many?
I want a show of hands, who is really genuinely happy with their life right now? If not, what is it going to take to make you happy? Is it something you can control or do you feel it is out of reach for you?
What does blogging and engaging do for you in this pursuit?
I will go on record, I am genuinely happy and totally content with my station in life right now. Could parts of it be better? Absolutely, but I will tell you it’s good enough and I’m thankful for what I do have.
Until I walk a mile in your shoes I have no idea of what challenges you face so I can’t say ‘just find a way to get happy’; but I certainly hope you can.
Does anybody else feel like there is a ‘different’ feel to this right now; that there has been a ‘shift’?