What shade of social are you?

If your involvement in social were graded by degrees of color, what color would you be? If someone states they are ‘in’ social, what does that mean exactly? If the color red is on fire and you couldn’t be ‘more in’, what is the opposite of that; your grandfather? And that’s only if he is no longer with us, because it seemsย every one is using the internet in some form or fashion these days, right?

Have you noticed when your parents or grandparents ‘discover’ the internet they will start forwarding every.single.chain.letter? Do you think they will change their will if you start blocking them?

What is the difference between a dabbler and a pro?

We all know those who are so connected that when Stan breaks wind in Bulgaria, Gini knows what he had for dinner in Chicago. It seems there is not one single thing that gets by them, they have somehow mastered drinking from the fire hose.

Then you have the knucklehead’s like me; yes I have a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, and Pinterest account because you are supposed to, but can’t keep track of a single one of them. I spend way more time in the blogs and onlyย occasionally poke my head up and see a tweet stream or a Facebook post. Is that really being social? Am I a social marketer’s dream or nightmare?

What are the implications?

If you are trying to monetize your efforts online, where do you think most of the people/prospects currently fall? Do you think more are muddling around like I do and typically only know what is going on if you are directly linked; or the ‘all in’ crowd that misses nothing? How do you even target something like that?

Just like in my insurance business, I have many, many more friends I socialize with than I do business with. I can spout my message all day, but most are not my prospects; they don’t want to hear it. However, and just like in social, like-minded people seem to hang together. If all we are doing is talking to ourselves, where is the power of social allowed to flourish?

What if you are one-dimensional?

Take any of the platforms I mentioned and what if you decided to just become the master of one? Would you still be considered ‘social’?

What if you decided to keep it to two; does that change anything?

Unless you take the time and effort to really ‘master’ the different platforms, how much are you diluting your efforts by just being pretty good at some? Does it even matter?

But everybody is doing it

So I hear, I guess that means I better get on board if I don’t want to be left behind. Personally, unless you really have it down pat and automated, you are still jumping on a hamster wheel with no end in sight just trying to keep up with all this.

Methinks it’s the ones who have it down pat who are pushing it to the knuckleheads like me and we are only picking up bits and pieces, and always feeling we are missing something.

Does anybody else feel like that? Is it the multiple platforms causing most of the time-suck?

The reality

I’m pretty sure I could survive without any of those platforms and still blog and comment with just about the same results. However, I am always eager to learn so it won’t be quite that easy to shake me loose; and two, I’m still having fun.

I just wonder if it’s time to get more serious with one or two of the platforms and quit trying to act like I’m everywhere when I feel like I’m nowhere most of the time.

How about you?

More platforms and gadgets, or master a few? Bottom line is to just stick with what works for you, because there is probably no right or wrong answer I suppose.

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70 thoughts on “What shade of social are you?

  1. Great image, Bill! I love color and I’m definitely turquoise when it comes to social media. Okay, maybe I said that because turquoise is my favorite color, but I also believe it is both the color of energy and calm. I join these social websites and I channel my energy to them, finding the flow for each to see if it’s a good fit for me.

    My latest site to join is Pinterest (I just posted an article about it). That site is easy to use and filled with stunning images like yours above (I meant the rainbow, though your Gravatar is stunning too!).

    It is hard to keep up with it all though. At some point something has to give. I don’t want to give up anything yet, but time is getting tighter, especially with blogs to write and visit.

    I would say you’re the Twitter master, Bill. You always have witty comments to add to your tweets, making them engaging and enticing. Well done.

    • Interesting, it doesn’t surprise me turquoise is you favorite; it just seems like something that suits you. I try to be an energy channeler and not an energy suck online and off. Blue is my favorite, and maybe it’s because of my blue eyes……..

      Pinterest will get my attention in the near future; I’m just wading through some extreme busy-ness at work right now, but it’s all good.

      I guess where I get antsy is when I go to some of the platforms and see discussions going on and the only reason I know is because just happened to stop by at that particular time. I need an alert system; but I guess that is what the lists are for, huh?

      Thanks for the twitter compliment; I see more and more where I’m trying to get pulled back to Facebook. At one time, twitter and Facebook were two distinct communities for me; now it is very blended.

      Thanks for the comments and support; I am just walking back from a very good visit in Ft Myers.

  2. Hey Bill,

    In terms of social colours, I’d like to think of myself as a green not a red. A green because I engage and try my best to make myself approachable. There are many reds who use social to push their message out rather than engage with others. They are red because people want to turn around when they see them, because they know they’re in store for a pushy sales message!

    With regards to what you said about social, you are extremely active in the blogosphere – that is as much social media as anything else.

    I think that people need to not rely solely on one tool but at the same time not try to be “jack of all trades and master of none”.

    Personally I believe that most bloggers that I know use Twitter wrong, all they do is tweet out each others stuff. Which is great, but not enough. I usually judge people’s effectiveness on Twitter by their levels of engagement e.g. how many @soandso conversations are they having.

    In conclusion, social is not hard to use correctly. People should just focus on two or three mediums and aim to improve. It’s not enough to do one but no one can be expected to be awesome at several. Go hard or go home.

    • I like your analogy with the colors; mine would be blue as in approachable and comfortable, a good place to be.

      It just seems every time a ‘new’ platform comes out and it’s the latest, greatest and people are posting their ‘how to’s’ about it; I’m still trying to catch up with the posts from last week. Am I a social slacker if I don’t take the time (at the expense of something else) to jump in with both feet? I know I’m not, but certainly feel it at times.

      There really is no right or wrong way, just what works for you. I do know there are certain things I could do much better, but at least I know it and we’ll have to see if it ever spurs me into action.

      Good advice indeed sir and thanks so much for taking the time to share your thoughts. I hope your week is going well.

  3. In real life, I’m actually pretty anti-social. I have a small group of friends (who I love) and I spend most of my spare time with my children and family. Online…I’m also pretty antisocial. I tweet and post the requisite content to Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+…but really I’m interested in my blog. That’s my BFF (next to you, of course Bill).

    • Of course…..

      I do like my social time and can actually look forward to going to a Chamber After Hours; but I also like my ‘me’ time as well and can sit in a chair all afternoon and read a book. Maybe that is what ‘balance’ is all about, huh?

      My wife thinks I dwell too much in social, but I have essentially replaced TV with it; I would much rather be doing this than watching mindless TV all night.

      There are many ways to express yourself, and blogging is certainly one of them.

  4. Interesting question Bill, I’m a few shades right now. My normal shade would be a nice cool blue, mellow relaxed and not taking it too seriously.

    Right now though I’m an angry puce as my blog has been hacked and my hair is greyer than ever with trying to sort it out!

    Looking forward to getting back my normal colour and becoming a laid back socialiser again.

    PS – Did I mention green with envy at all the great comments you get ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I am glad I haven’t had to deal with any hackers; a local friend who I hooked up with early thought my twitter account had been hacked because of not only all the RT’s going out, but the subject matter as well. Little did he realize when I got ‘in’ social, I was all ‘in’. He ended up un-following me to get me out of his twitter stream…….:).

      Good luck on fixing your sight as we don’t like to see the angry puce.

      Thanks for the compliments on my community; some might fine peeps indeed.

  5. Well I know that my personality is all colors combined but my social activity, good question.

    Like you Bill, I’m part of quite a bit of the social networks but I have my favorites that I socialize on the most although I’m no where near on them to the extent that a lot of people are. I’ve got things to do during the day and I can’t see what everyone is doing all the time. Wish I could though, talk about fun.

    I say stick with what you enjoy and what works best for you and don’t worry about the rest. You can’t be an expert on everything right!

    ~Adrienne

    • Good advice indeed; and I do know some of the cross pollination comes from linking the sites together so you can accomplish the same thing with one stroke. However, I’ve had people in my business community drop me from LinkedIn due to too much traffic….and more than one……:).

      I will stick with what I enjoy; Ms Zive has given me a kick in the pants to carry some of this over to the business side so I’m seriously contemplating devoting more time to our @LanierUpshaw corporate sight. It could use some love……

      Thanks for coming by, always a pleasure m’dear.

  6. Black and white. All or nothing! HAHA! Not really. I can handle Twitter and Facebook, and I’ll post to Pinterest and possibly spend 5 mins. there. I don’t have much time for social, but I love it. I’d rather have a one on one conversation. That’s where I spend my time.
    I think I’d be fine if I had everything set up correctly and could spend 10 mins on each sit every once in a while . But I swear I spend way too much time fixing things!
    That said, I’m glad for any and all of it. Grateful I haven’t been blocked by anyone…..yet! LOL!

    • I don’t think I have been blocked but I have had people I know un-follow me on twitter and LinkedIn. Talk about no love…..:).

      I’m glad for any and all as well and I need to just calm down and realize I can’t be a part of every party, right? Sometimes easier said than done, but I’m trying.

      Like you, I’m more interested in the one on one’s the blog allows.

      Good to see you and I’ll get back to you on blog request.

  7. My color is green. The social media is a marketing tool for making money, right?
    When I promote my fresh roast coffee, then my color is a very rich aromatic brown with a pleasant satisfying aftertaste.
    Personally, I fall into the introvert category and use it minimally.
    Enjoy.

    • It certainly can be the marketing tool. The funny thing is, I got in because I thought it was supposed to be ‘social’; in reality there are more people trying to make money in here than not. Not that you can’t be social too in this pursuit, but some don’t see it that way.

      Actually I see online social as a way many introverts choose to be ‘social’ because they can do it from the comfort of their home or office and can dictate the level of engagement. Just my personal opinion, but I would say there are many more introverts online than not.

      I do appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave your thoughts; very much appreciated. I hope your week has gone well.

  8. Bill,

    As a fellow knucklehead, I’m still trying to get up-to-speed in the social platforms. I’m only on Google+ and Twitter, but honestly, I’m trying to focus on generating fairly decent content for now. I don’t know how folks like Gini and Stan do it, I mean talk about prolific.

    And … I’ve seen your many Tweets (I still feel funny saying that out loud as a grown man, don’t you?) … and I think you have that platform down. I’d say you should write a book, but Mark Schaefer beat you to it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I started this whole thing to improve my speaking. Well, it’s led to much more, and something I thought I would hate, I’ve grown to love. I think you do too, โ€ฆ eh?

    Advice: I go back to the first blog I read, Zen Habits. Leo has always said he focused on the content more than anything. I think that’s a good lead to follow, and you certainly can’t argue with his success.

    I’ve found some great people in this journey and a few accountability parters, which is very cool.

    There are also people like Danny and Gini. I can pick their brains, because they are so damned smart and do this thing better than just about anyone.

    Hope you have a great day, Sir!

    • So, if by improving your speaking you are going to start sounding like a Canuck, eh, I would suggest just going over to England and get the real unedited Queen’s version……..:).

      It does sound funny and especially if my offline friends are calling me out on it. Hey Dorman, what are you doing; tweeting?

      I too have found some great people and hopefully have not disappointed the ones who maybe thought I would be a lot farther along than I am at this point in time. It’s still very fun to me and for now that is my motivator.

      Danny and Gini are not only friends but great resources; I don’t rely on them too much for direction but do know they would be willing to help if I asked.

      The day has been good; had to drive to Ft Myers and back (2 hr ea way) but a very productive meeting.

      Good to see you and thanks for adding your thoughts.

      • Actually, if I could speak like a Scotsman, I’d be happy. Funny how Madonna created her own UK accent. ๐Ÿ™‚ Why can’t I do the same?

        Glad you had a good day and a meeting that might pay off.

        … saying “Tweet” is like Elmer Fudd asking for a treat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Bill…You make me laugh, you make me think, you even teach me a thing or two (once in awhile!) with your underhanded ways of your jokes and tease..

    I believe this one is my all-time-so-far-favorite!

    Really good questions. I just don’t know… There sure are a ton of them (platforms), isn’t there? And unless your $$$ comes from being on them, well, you have to do your job as well. To spend the TIME it takes (for us lesser humans) to master them and find all the gold nuggets buried inside each one… well, something always has to take the effort and attention cut.

    I think the most important lesson I have learned is YOU (me!, him, her, them) need to KNOW ….WHY you are here. I think the why answers it…don’t you?

    If we are here for business (I am), then that SHOULD answer WHERE we should focus… Shouldn’t it?

    I know…I don’t know anything. But, ya know what? I wouldn’t trade a minute. I wouldn’t trade my headaches, carpel-tunnel, the lack of sunlight… I wouldn’t trade one minute, for what I have learned, the people I have met, the friendships I have found.

    I’m onto my second year (as you well know) and this year is my FOCUS and target year. You are not my prospective client, nor is she, or he…. but you may come and visit a pal someday. I wouldn’t trade the folks I have found that have helped me become a better person, mom, manager, not for my goals.

    • You definitely need to find your ‘why’ and sometimes I wonder if some of the people who have come and gone, have left because maybe it appeared I wasn’t ‘driven’ enough.

      I could be here for business and probably should be here for business, but I’m still trying to find that blend and see if it works for me. The reality is, I have enough going on in my day job I don’t spend a lot of ‘thinking’ time on taking this to the next level.

      Even if I don’t ever end up being a customer, if I hear someone talking about an Alaskan trip I’m certainly going to point them in your direction.

      I wouldn’t trade my efforts either, even if I could have been much smarter in certain areas.

      Having great people like you around puts my in the bonus round anyway. thanks for stopping by and the kind words; always a pleasure.

  10. Hey Bill,

    First time in your blog (and a big thanks to Twitter for forwarding me here :D).

    I think I belong to the Red color – that’s because I like Red ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I usually spent most of my social media time on Twitter and G+ (because those are the ones I find interesting, those are also among the ways through which I keep up with my blogging buddies).

    I think there are too many social media websites online. A blogger will definitely be confused about which sites to focus on. I think that largely depends upon the niche (and upon the blogger).

    Yes, I agree with you. The best thing to do is try everything out, see what works for us – experiment, analyze, learn, tweak – and stick with what that works for you.

    Thanks for the awesome post,

    Jeevan Jacob John

    • Hey sir, thanks so much for taking the time to stop by AND comment; very, very much appreciated.

      It took me 6 months to figure out twitter; but once I did it became my platform of choice. However, since then there has been a significant blend of my twitter and Facebook world, so both are very usable for me now. Google + needs some work, but I am on there……:).

      I hope your journey has been fulfilling and also hope your week has been well too; good to see you.

  11. Hey Bill, my mind is in the autumn of 2023. There’s motorcycle gangs and cannibalism. The lucky ones are farming rats. But since the internet is dead, the light bulb, and most other electronics – they don’t have to worry about Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or the like.

    It’s hard to put my mind back into 2012 just now so I’ll take a raincheck.

    These are good questions that you ask, Bill. I mean that. And I appreciate your encouragement.

    • And of course that is all that’s left in 2023 after the world as we know it is obliterated in 2012 to prove the Mayans along with the aliens who helped them build the pyramids knew that would really be the second coming….

      Good to see you sir; I know you have your own struggles but always a pleasure to see you.

  12. The single most valuable platform is your blog. You own it. You control it. It’s your home.

    All of the other platforms are great too if you leverage them properly.

    Relationships determine effectiveness on all social platforms.

    If you’ve got people skills and focus on connecting and building relationships with others, you can win the social game on any platform.

    A most tasty post today Bill : )

  13. Ahh … Mr. Dorman ….

    I’m red all over strictly because I’m part Italian, a temper to match and am passionate about far, far too much in life!! Let’s just say I’m a red-dabbler – my fingers are in a few pots. Honestly though, I don’t think too much about it … I’d go crazy perhaps, so … I go with my mood and what feels right for the day. I don’t like to ignore one baby over the other, so I spread the love … I know totally lame, but whatever! I’m at Mark’s blog and I feel like I get it right … then I visit here and am all confused again. WAAAH!!

    Hope you have a fantabulous day and you bought a few lottery tickets because I KNOW I’ll be seeing you on the news with an oversized, I-can’t-hold-it check in my hands one day and then be blogging on some beach making funny jokes!! Rub the screen for me!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Be good,

    Elena

    • Rub a dub; I had an invite to play in a golf tournament tomorrow but had to turn it down because I have too much stuff going on right now. However, I told them I had already won my TV for the week…….:).

      I can see you with red you hot-blooded passionate Italian you. Some days I bounce more than others, but my sanctity is usually in the blogs regardless if I access them through my reader, twitter or Facebook.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by; I’m still trying to play some catch-up so I will need to venture out and see who has posted. I hope my friends understand I have been a busy boy with the paying gig lately.

      I also hope you have had a fantastic week ma’am; take care.

  14. It’s funny when you mention monetizing social I think then you are really looking at what reach each platform has. In that case, Facebook dwarfs all of the other major networks (even combined, I think). I still favor Twitter and G+ but I am going to be stepping up FB in the near future.

    Our friend from Chicago sent me an invite to Pinterest but I couldn’t figure out how to use it for business in a useful way (how do you pin pictures of customer service???).

    So, what color does all of that make me? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good thoughts. Take care and TTYS!

    • I’m still behind on Google + I’ve signed up, people are connecting to me and I can use it; but not effectively. It looks relatively easy, but I haven’t taken the time to organize it in any logical way.

      Pinterest, I have ‘pinned’ 4 photos and nothing else………..as people still are connecting with me.

      I need to just hang with what I know; everything has a time commitment so I guess it’s a matter where I want to spend the time, huh?

      Thanks for stopping by, I got your e-mail about customer service and I will put something together and send it back.

      Take care and talk to you soon.

  15. Hi Bill –

    I’m new here but I’ve seen you around at Margie and Gini’s blogs and wanted to introduce myself. What a great blog.

    As someone who has mostly watched and listened for awhile, I decided to join in with a mindset that I couldn’t be everywhere and I wouldn’t resonate with everyone, but it was time to find out.

    I don’t see that there are rules if you are getting the results you want. I’d rather have a tighter group I trust and respect than be everywhere. I didn’t read all the comments so I’m not fully aware of where this discussion went, but I did want to finally jump in here ๐Ÿ™‚

    You can’t be everywhere offline either in my opinion.

    Sue

    • It sounds like you are jumping in a lot smarter than most of us. I jumped in at Gini’s place and for some reason thought I could maintain the frenetic pace that seemed to be occurring over there and it almost derailed me. It got me known, but it took it’s toll too. It felt like I was always chasing, and that only keeps you frustrated and disappointed.

      At the end of the day you have to find what is sustainable for you and most of all, enjoy it.

      Whatever your mission is, I certainly hope you enjoy the journey and I’m tickled you decided to stop by and not only pay a visit, but comment as well. It is a pleasure to meet you as well.

      Best of luck and I hope I get to ‘bump’ into you some more. Take care.

  16. Hi Bill,

    This reminds me of my novel, the serial killer is painting his victims in different colors (the colors of the rainbow) ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t think it matters what platform you are using, or how many you are using, you’ll still be the king of social.

  17. So, I just want to say I want that image on my wall. The entire thing; in living color.

    I am overwhelmed; this post stresses me out. You’re not supposed to analyze how little we’re able to manage these streams. But you did, and I’m crying.

  18. Let me rephrase some of your questions for you, Bill.

    A journalist who writes for one and one paper only — is she still a journalist? Yes, she is.

    Would she be less of a journalist because, after a while, she had come to specialize in classical music? No, absolutely not.

    So you can do social on one platform only. And you know what they say… jack of all trades, master of none.

    “Is it the multiple platforms causing most of the time-suck?”
    I’d have to say no. It’s multiple *choices* causing most of the time-suck.
    In other words – is the amount of quality programming available now causing you to spend most of your working hours in front of the TV?
    No, because you know you don’t have the time to watch everything.

    What happens is that the Internet is such a feast. Very hard to get away from it.

    As for my color, I’d say I range between indigo and saffron.

    • Damn it sir, don’t come over here being all smart and making sense of all this noise……….:).

      Have you ever seen me around a buffet line? I have the same problem; it is sooooo hard to pick and choose. I do need to hone in my focus however; otherwise it has me running around like a sprayed roach (we say that in Florida).

      Indigo and saffron; very fitting indeed. I hope you have a great weekend. Thanks for dropping by.

      • It’s the paradox of choice. Having too many choices doesn’t make us quite as happy as having only a few.

        But don’t just take my word for it, hear it from the horse’s mouth.

  19. Ok, I am late but I made it!

    I don’t know what color I am… I thought you would have colors listed out and we can pick our and see what color we belong to… I am addicted to psychological testing..

    As for platforms, I am everywhere, name it and I have an acount there; even on connect.me! Maybe novelty does arouse the curiosity in me and I am all addicted in like two seconds. But then I don’t use many so often. I just stick to Facebook and Twitter maybe, after the novelty wears off. But there are where my friends are! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

    Just yesterday I was talking to Allie and telling her how I left my day job and am working on two jobs from home and how that is getting the better of me and actually got me thinking of leaving blogging or at least giving it a rest! She actually pushed me back into this saying I need to figure how much I have to be involved. I think there lies my problem, I just feel this need to learn more, read more and more all the time, I feel I ain’t social enough. In real life, I am very social, but I keep my distance too; I know a lot of people. but I don’t know them well. So, it is just about what works for one and what does not.

    Maybe the online world does get the better of us and we need to tone down the colors a bit!

    • Ah yes; how much is enough? The hard thing to do is back off once you have established your friends; who gets the ax. This is why it is easier for some to just walk away so they don’t have to deal with it.

      I’m struggling with the same thing right now and it has been very difficult for me to keep up with all my friends. Lately, I have been doing a lot more reading than commenting. I guess my change in level of involvement was noticed by my friend Stan and he even posted about it http://stanfaryna.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/plz-rt-please-have-you-seen-bill-dorman/

      I’m trying to keep up, it just has to be in a way that is sustainable for me. It’s ok if you need to back it down for awhile. I’ve been where you are and it’s really hard to keep that pace up for long; be careful and don’t burn out because we like having you around.

      Take care and hope you have had a good start to your weekend. Catch up with you soon.

  20. Hi Bill…this is a great post ( but then again, at the risk of having your crown not fit on your head, all of your posts are great) To answer your first question, “what shade of social are you?” I will say that I am purple because I am always drawn to the color purple. (I really love your choice of photos for this post, BTW) That said, I sense a sort of philosophical quest for finding what works on social media. For me, the most profound line is the one that I found you writing in one of the comments…. “At the end of the day you have to find what is sustainable for you and most of all, enjoy it.” I guess I don’t think there has to be analysis or klout or comparisons with a presence like yours. IMO, it doesn’t matter what others are doing (A-listers or not) What matters is that the community that you have cultivated is alive and well and LOVING your home here. What you are doing works. You are loved here because of your own personal attributes. The “shade” of social that you shine in works, not because of who you know…but, rather, because oh who you ARE. Don’t worry about the rest of the “social” world and the shades that they swim in….just keep being crazy Bill Dorman.
    You are awesome!

    • If you are trying to monetize in some way and it doesn’t seem to be working and it feels like you are grinding then it would be very easy to walk away from lack of fun. And even though many are using social as a business platform, you can’t forget the ‘social’ element of it; ie, how to deal with people.

      Thanks for the kind words; social I get, I know how to be social. Klout, CommentLuv and other things you can use effectively to draw traffic I know ‘of’ but sounds like work to me. I’d rather just show up and be social and let everything else fall into place.

      Thanks so much for stopping by; I hope your week went well. It is always a pleasure to see you m’dear.

  21. Well Bill,
    Hello. We have not met nor will we likely in the near future considering our proximity.

    I left you a comment in the about section of your blog about how I got here. It ties nicely into this post. If it were not for twitter I would not be here and if it were not for blogging I would also not be here. So there you have it. Probobly one is enough.

    How many sm “whatever-you-call-them” sites does it take? Ahhhh, dunno but having a twitter account, a facebook page and an RSS feed seem to be plently for me. I barely have enough time to keep that up.

    What colour am I? Probably grey ’cause all the colour are mixed together. Some day’s I’m green, then red, then blue, then whatever. And yes wayyyyyy late on this blog post. Trying to follow along as best I can.

    Thanks for the interesting approach.

    • Hello sir, and yes if you are spelling color colour, I’m guessing you aren’t from around these parts……….:). But certainly always welcome and I’m glad you found your way here.

      I started out w/ just FB and then thought I’d ‘learn’ twitter. Initially, I thought twitter was the dumbest thing ever; now it’s my primary platform, go figure, huh? Everything else has been add-ons since then and really haven’t gone deep in any of the others. Like you, it’s hard enough to keep up where I am.

      I’m glad you took the time to drop by and leave your thoughts; hopefully we will bump into each other again. I also hope your weekend is going well.

  22. I’m the kind of guy who people describe as an expert — though I quickly (depending on the audience) brush off that description and call myself a specialist instead. Or “just a guy” to which they laugh and say, “You’re a liar, Ari. You’re an expert.” Or something like that.

    • No Ari, you are ‘the man’; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise…..

      In social, I feel like the jack of all trades but master of none. However, compared to most of my IRL friends, I’m like a guru or king. We all know better, right?

      Good to see you sir, thanks for taking the time to stop by. Hope all is well in your world.

    • B & B, huh? Hopefully you didn’t get too dinged up on the way down. Glad you could make it though; I’m doing all I can to catch up and have another busy week ahead. Not a bad thing, just busy and most of it offline. Oh well, I’m sure both universes will survive regardless of the depth of my engagement……

      Good to see you, hope all is well.

  23. Bill,
    First comment Bill. Everywhere i go, you are there so i though i would stop by and see what’s going on over here. I’m glad i did.

    I’ve been fretting over this whole social media thing for as long as i’ve been blogging which is one month shy of one year now.

    I don’t know what color i am to be honest. I’m not a master at any of the social media platforms.

    in the beginning i cast a wide net and was wildly using the different platforms and just didn’t get it. I was commenting all over the place too.

    Now i’ve narrowed it down quite a bit. I don’t worry so much about who unfriended me or who didn’t tweet my post. I just write on my blog information that i think will be useful to other people in my niche( i hate that word).
    Result, i have stronger connections online and find more meaning in what I do online.

    I don’t have a day job anymore because and I am focusing on the dollars and cents of having an online presence. Finding out how to best leverage all the online platforms is quite a feat that i’m slowly starting to get the hang of.
    But lately there’s a new player in town called Google plus and now i have a new one to try to learn. It can be overwhelming so i do what i can but my blog and my business is always my main focus. After my kids and husband of course. If i have time i will tweet, facebok or google plus.
    See you online. Bill. and nice to meet you.
    Annie

    • Annie, I am so, so sorry I am so late getting back over here. I didn’t realize I had not responded and that is a big no-no for me. I am so glad you decided to stop by and introduce yourself and even though I didn’t make a very good first impression please accept my apologies.

      I’m trying to wade through what really is important, what I should be paying attention to and minimizing the rest. When I first jumped in I was running around like a sprayed roach; I’m glad I finally got off that hamster wheel, there is no way that would be sustainable for me.

      I hope you are enjoying the journey and hope to bump into you again. I also hope you have a great week.

  24. I Use different platforms to get diff types of news. I get push notifications from the nyt for breaking news; I get social media/tech news from twitter; I get new music from spotify; I get inspiration from tumblr; I get “hot news” from Facebook. But you’re right..with such a clusterfuck of information constantly being thrown at us, it’s hard to keep up. Social media gives us the tools to try..but it take a full fledged effort.

    • Clusterfuck, very appropriate description because that is exactly what it is. I can see why you have to be a tech/geek to a certain degree just to keep up with everything. Maybe that is why I try to keep mainstream as my target audience because I can sure be a social doofus when it comes to some of this.

      Social media is a tool at times too, but I’m having fun so I will roll with that premise for awhile.

      Thanks for liking my post today and I enjoyed hanging out at your place for awhile. Take care…..

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