There has been many posts written on how and why some of the big dogs in social decided to drop all of their followers; but I think I discovered my own unique way to make ‘them’ disappear. Apparently Skype seems to be the trigger point around here.
I have two posts about reaching out to my network; one wanting to meet or talk with them and a later post discussing the results of those efforts. It’s always interesting to go back to your early posts and see who is still hanging around.
The first post on this topic ‘Who would you invite to your party‘ talked about how your perception of someone might change once you talked or met them in person. And if your perception did change, would you still be as eager to invite them just because you were already fast friends in social?
I followed up with a second post 6 months later because I did have the opportunity to talk with many and meet a few. My post ‘Did video kill the radio star‘ was the prelude to attending a TweetUp in Orlando and actually meeting some of these people face to face for the first time.
Be careful what you wish for
I have noticed one phenomena for me and that is
most a lot of the people I have Skyped with have hauled ass. Just.flat.out.gone. I mean, I tried to warn everybody there would be no sexy accent. And you saw my Avatar so I couldn’t really hide my mug. I’m pure Florida Cracker, like 5 generations worth, so it’s pretty much ingrained at this point. If I knew I was going to be that uninteresting I would have made up some stuff.
It’s a good thing I’m simple enough not to think too deeply about this, so I’m sure it wasn’t me; obviously they must be busy doing something else now………even though I still see them everywhere but here…..:). I know, I post once a week so it’s probably hard to stop by; maybe I should give some thought to posting bi-monthly.
Therefore, I’m imposing a Skype moratorium before I chase anybody else off. It is probably a good thing to keep an air of mystique about you, huh? I still think I’m pretty cool BTW, just ask me; I talk to myself all the time.
Where did all the excitement go?
When you were starting out hoping to be noticed did you fall into the trap thinking if that ‘one’ person would just stop by then you will have ‘made it’? If they did stop by, did your numbers jump by a gazillion? Did you win a new car? Probably not, but it still was a nice feeling at the time.
As you move forward is there anybody left out there that would blow you away if they came by your place? I hope I haven’t become too jaded, but I can’t think of anybody. I’m just as excited if Billy Bob Nobody shows up (notice the Florida Billy Bob reference and no I don’t have a gun rack in my truck…..I don’t even have a truck).
When it’s new and fresh there are certain ‘events’ you feel that validate you and make all your efforts seem worthwhile. But once it becomes routine, what are the things now that put a big smile on your face and make you glad about what you are doing? Where are you getting that ‘You’ve got mail‘ feeling?
I liken it to moving to a ‘vacation’ destination. After awhile does it becomes routine and you don’t notice the beauty anymore?
I am cooking with gas
I have found my place in social for now and know what it’s going to take to keep it sustainable. I thoroughly enjoy the people I interact with and it is always a pleasure to meet new people as well. But I’m social like that….
With me, what you see is what you get; I don’t know who else to be. If being ‘me’ provides some stickiness to keep you around then that is what puts a smile on my face. That is all I can do other than quit Skyping, so let’s see if we can make this thing work, ok?
What is the one thing that happened for you in social last week, that made you feel really good about what you are doing?
***Disclaimer – this post was totally a spoof; I haven’t chased anybody off and whoever might not be around anymore left on their own volition. I am having a lot of fun with my blog right now***