It sure was nice having my laundry done, home cooked meals and only needing beer money. I was pretty comfortable with it; why is it suddenly time to find a job and my own place? Why the sense of urgency?
What really is going on?
Many places I visit are talking about the current malaise in social media and people wishing for days of yore when #FF meant something and there were real tweets sent by real people you could reach out and touch. There have been several posts talking about culling their followers and FB friends and getting it back to a personable, manageable level again. Did everyone have the same thought at once or is it just the herd mentality of social?
I have certainly felt it and even posted about it, but remember how fresh, fun and exciting it was when I first ‘got in the game’. I kind of stumbled my way in but made it with full access and all the privileges that come along with it.
People come and people go
As I read the reasons being used to cull reader lists, the most common theme is average or poor content; no stickiness. I know it is a big ‘duh’, and I still see you everywhere but if you have quit coming by my place then it’s only me to blame. And not blame in a bad way, but just in ‘I gave it my best shot and it didn’t work out for you’ kind of way I suppose.
I truly am trying to grow as a writer and you have my pledge that I will keep working on it. I also know it’s not content alone and it might be ‘what’ I’m writing about as well. I guess this is part of community building and some will like you (as a writer) and some won’t.
It is not much different from real life as people continuously move in and out of your ‘circle’. I am really trying to give you more reasons to stay than to go.
Maybe it is time for me too
I am always looking for new and interesting posts to check out and happen to stumble upon some great ones. In fact, I was surprised Mr Everywhere didn’t even know some of these people and part of the reason was I had blinders on chasing I don’t know what exactly.
I want to share what I thought was a truly incredible post that made me think, made me laugh (out loud) and made me realize how myopic I had been. Take the time to check out Lisa Barone’s post at BlogWorld; she did good.
It was refreshing to say the least and made me realize it’s ok to chart my own course. In fact, it’s probably about time anyway and quit chasing that elusive ‘validation’, whatever level of measurement I thought that might be.
Which do you prefer, popular or good?
It certainly is nice to be both because it is challenging to be ‘good’ each and every time. However, it appears the ‘popular’ I can do but still have my doubts about the ‘good’ when I see people voting with their feet; either showing up or not.
Who else is on this bandwagon?
Have any of you cleaned house? Has anyone else been kicked out of their comfortable abode and ventured into new and uncharted waters? Have you been culled? If you can’t be good, is shorter better?
Too many questions, but I still have too many ‘whys’. The only thing I know to do is to keep moving forward and growing the best I can. For those along with me for the ride, you are very much appreciated; I just hope I can give some value back to you as well. And maybe when I move out I will find something interesting to write about, huh?