Lately, I’ve been thinking about all the different ways that we categorize ourselves. I had written about how we can sometimes find out identity in the BMI. I still think I’m overweight – although I’ve lost some lbs., and I’m … Continue reading
You can tell alot about a person by the Quality of the Questions they ask. We ask questions of people and try to figure out who they are by their answers. That’s how most people do it. Judge by the … Continue reading
Ok. I’m not thinking about the feelings and emotional part of the heart. I went on a mtn. bike ride with my good friend Bill. He wears a heart monitor when he goes on a ride. He keeps an eye … Continue reading
I was reading Gary Vaynerchuk’s new book The Thank You Economy last night. He wrote about engaging people in social media – around ideas that you might be passionate about. His expertise is wine. Mine would be identity. I did … Continue reading
….is never about the person that receives the letter. The love letter is always about the person that writes it. There is nothing as pure and nothing that clearly demonstrates one’s identity like a lover letter is able to. When … Continue reading
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I was recently talking to a fellow blogger about how they have a friend that has taken their online social media behavior offline. Their friend has a condition that doesn’t allow them to leave the house. Social media is the perfect outlet for someone that does not get much face to face interaction. This individual is on Facebook all the time, and they “like” and “comment” on everything that their circle of friends has posted.
We all have friends that spend way too much time online and comments on everything that you and your friends post. But during a rare offline gathering of these friends, this particular individual (the one that doesn’t get out much and is stuck at home often) had to “like” and “comment” on everyone’s face to face conversation. They had taken their online behavior and had integrated it into their offline (face to face) interactions.
The behavior online is no different than a face to face interaction – well, in the mind anyway. Your online behavior will affect your offline, real world interactions with people. The reason why is that all interaction comes from the same place. Whether you’re online or face to face, your ideas originate from you heart, from your mind.
The opposite can also be true – for the same reason. Have you observed “facebook-like” behaviors in your interactions with your friends-offline?
Even the stuff that you make up says something about you. It could be total fiction, but the ideas come from your mind and your heart. Even the stuff that you make up finds it’s reality in who you are. It comes from very real things – things that you might want to escape – things that are very real to you that you just haven’t told anyone. All of it is a representation of you. Some of it might be an identity projection, but the stuff that you make up – that comes from your heart.
So make stuff up. Create content and share it. Even – true lies from your heart demonstrates a little bit of truth about you.
I have talked to some of you about creating content and starting a blog. The conversation typically starts in same way. By asking questions: Who’s going to read this? Why would anyone read my stuff? Who’s going to care about this? These are all normal questions for someone starting a blog or developing their ideas.
My initial answer is – who cares? If you care about it – write it. Don’t write wondering if anyone is going to look at it? Don’t write for money or dreams of becoming the next celeb blogger? Write with your heart. Write about what you’re passionate about. Write about anything you want. Develop your voice.
If you’re not writing anything at all – the answers to all of those questions is – No One. If you aren’t writing – then you’re not making any money and no one is reading your stuff – so Write.