I am on a roll at work and not about to take my eye off the ball right now. While I haven’t had any walk off home runs this year, I have had some nice hits so far and there is still plenty on the table for me to eat. And we all know fat boy gotsta eat…
This has made me an online spectator lately; almost exclusively, but maybe that has been me all along anyway.
I was really never that good to begin with. Oh, there was a day I could ‘just show up,’ with the best of them because that is what I can do oh so well and it generated plenty of activity; but it really wasn’t sustainable and the only hey look at me list I was making was the ‘nice guy’ list. And you know where they finish, right?
That’s not a bad thing though, because if I would have really blown up and been the next big thing and had all these people clamoring for me to co-host a site or a weekly column or anything with a set schedule, I might have disappointed them. I still find it difficult to even do a guest-post, as I still have several requests on the table.
But I really do have game, just ask me…:).
Then why do you need an assistant?
Because I like playing in this game. I like meeting people and learning from each and everyone of them.
I have been around long enough to know most of what you are supposed to be doing if you want to be considered somebody in here; but I am also socially lazy, just show up = very little heavy lifting.
If I had an assistant, they could make sure I have just the right amount of presence on all the appropriate platforms; they could schedule when and where I need to show up and make sure I say just the right thing, and they could make me look good. And lord knows I need all of the help I can get there.
But that wouldn’t be real.
Real enough, and it would keep me engaged.
But since my wife wants absolutely no part of this job, I guess anybody else would want to be paid, huh?
Can’t you do it for me just because you like me and I really am a ‘nice guy?’
Because of my lack of presence lately I can already see the drop off, but my concern is when do I actually become totally irrelevant? The flip side I suppose, why should I care if I’m not making any money at this gig anyway. I guess it’s because I like to succeed regardless if I’m getting paid or not.
You ham bone Dorman, you just like the attention.
Do you know what time it is?
It’s not Howdy Doody time, which was before my time BTW, it’s my blogging anniversary. March 4, 2013 is officially my 2-yr mark. I guess that makes me a survivor; a survivor of what I’m not sure, but here I am still crying out in the wilderness.
I would like to mention a few people who were actually around those early days and somehow, someway, are still around now. I know, I can’t believe it either.
My very first effort was titled This is it? Really? I was pretty nervous when I finally hit the publish button. It opened the flood gates, I had a crowd of one show up. I rolled out the Invisible Blogger moniker because as a recreational blogger I did not expect to gain much traction at all.
At my current pace it looks like we might see that guy again soon, if he’s not already here.
My dear friend Lori Gosselin from Life, For Instance was one of the first and showed up on my I used to be a Twitter Ho post for 3/13/11. We were thick as thieves for a very long time and then life got in the way for both of us. We still know where to find each other and I’m glad I can still call her a friend.
If anyone deserves a medal, it’s Carolyn Nicander Mohr from @WonderofTech; she showed up on March 28, 2011 and has been here ever since. She is always so supportive and gives me way more credit than I deserve, but probably one of the main reasons I find blogging worthwhile. Also, because she’s a member of the Florida Bar, that means she has some Florida Cracker in her too…:).
Finally, on April 12, 2011, one month into this gig, I had @MarkHarai, @TheJackB, @BarrettRossie and @AdrienneSmith arrive. Barrett and Mark had a little bump in the road along the way similar to what I am experiencing now, but I can count on those two clowns to still show up on a pretty regular basis.
And I would be remiss if I failed to mention the incomparable everyone’s best friend Ms Gini D, who I
blame give credit to for getting me into this; she showed her lovely face on April 12th too.
What have you learned?
Well, if comments were money I might have been able to buy a Venti Redeye at Starbucks. Actually, I was hoping to hit the 10,000 comment mark on my anniversary and I’m only 101 shy, but it appears we might have to wait a few posts to hit that milestone.
I learned whereas we might take some of this stuff pretty seriously, most of it doesn’t mean squat in the big scheme of things. I say, just keep your head down and do the best you can and let everything else just take care of itself.
I have many, many more dear friends I have acquired along the way, but this post was reserved for the earliest and the longest in tenure.
This just goes to show you if a knucklehead like me can do it, it can be done.
I will end by saying, “I’m still standing” and in the world of ever changing social, that should be good for something I suppose. At least one ‘attaboy award,’ right?
Thanks for riding shotgun, I have enjoyed the ride.