As I was visiting sites this past week, I saw where my friend Craig McBreen had commented and tried to slip in the ‘I’m relatively new‘ line in. Oh hell no Mr BlogWorld; that dog don’t hunt as we are prone to say in the south. You might try to run that weak shit somewhere else pal, but we’ve got our eye on you.
You are ‘all in‘ now, no mistakes or mulligans allowed.
Ok, that was a little harsh but since Craig is about 75 in social years now, he no longer has a hall pass. Plus, I can say stuff like that to him…:).
Where do you draw the line?
Raise your hand if you think you age much faster in social years than you do in dog years? At what point should you lose the ‘newbie‘ tag; is it length of service, or depth of involvement that makes this distinction?
In many ways I still feel very inexperienced and not only green, but green like a booger at times. In other ways, I am almost like a guru (I said almost…) in that I know enough of the ‘right’ people and can maneuver my way around pretty well.
If Craig is 75 years old in social then I’m probably 100. Having said that, I don’t think there is really any shelf life however. At 1,000 years old in social you are probably like a fine wine; only getting better with age.
You did what?
The point of this post is, when is your hall pass yanked and you are no longer given the benefit of the doubt on doing stupid things?
Trust me, looking back over my time in here I did some really, really silly things. The top three are probably the whining posts when I thought I had been ‘wronged;’ not knowing how to link people to my posts; and having some silly ass Avatar because I barely knew how to post a picture and wouldn’t ask anyone to take a new one for me.
If I did any three of those things now I would expect to be stripped down naked and made to walk 5 miles home in the middle of the day. My social card would definitely be revoked.
There is one advantage to being a dork however; sometimes you do get away with goofiness at times, because bless my little heart, sometimes I just can’t help it.
That is pretty harsh
I know, nobody wants to see me naked regardless of who is imposing the punishment. And a lot of my social ills were not from lack of knowledge but more from lack of want to on my part in taking the time to learn something.
As long as I could just show up and play, for what I was trying to do, was good enough for me. Talking and engaging I can do; that should be worth something, right?
If you are like me, you are probably a lot more critical of yourself and your own actions than you are of others. With my acquired social wisdom I pretty much give everybody a hall pass. If we start to drift apart there was probably a reason, and not a reason we really need to dissect.
With my community, we all hang out at a lot of the same places. I used to question what I had done differently or wrong when some of my regulars started to drift away but I would still see them at the other places. It’s called choices and it can be because of time, preference, reciprocity (or lack thereof), or numerous other reasons. It is one of those things out of your control anyway, so why worry?
Is there really a line to cross?
Hopefully you know I was being facetious………once again; I just like to call Craig out and he gave me the perfect opportunity. Who knows, Mark Harai might be next because he had some post about changing the world with a blog or some other nonsense like that.
There really is no line for me because I am still prone to do something incredibly stupid. And you know what? I can take it as well as I dish it, so if you see me being ‘that guy,’ feel free to call me on the carpet and make me accountable for my actions.
This is what I like about social.