People keep talking about what a huge time sink social media can become…
But, I’ve noticed something else happening with increasing frequency. It seems like more and more bloggers and social media regulars are actually living their lives through social media, rather than living extraordinary lives outside of social media and blogging, then tapping it as a means to share their experiences with a like-minded community online.
And, I have to confess, since selling my last company and coming down off my book launch, I’m feeling a bit like I’m one of them.
If you write about social media or tech, I get that. But, more and more, I’m seeing people fall prey reiterating, rehashing or spinning what other people have written about their “area of interest,” instead of seeking out experiences in that area and sharing what they’ve learned.
So, for example, if you write about small business or marketing, are you sharing what you’re discovering through your own adventures in business and marketing? Or, are you sharing what you think about what other people are reporting about business and marketing.
Because, when it comes down to it, if it’s well-written and story-driven, I’ll read the former forever, but the latter leaves me flat in fairly short order.
Truth is, I began to think about this while hanging out with my friend Chris Guillebeau this week, who writes the Art of Nonconformity blog. Chris is 4 years into a 5 years odyssey to visit every country in the world, then share the often fascinating, practical and insightful details of his travels.
His blog has taken off in the last few months in part because he’s a very real, decent guy who’s unusually transparent and can really write. But, even more because he’s living an extraordinary life, one that so many others dream of living, even on a micro-level. And Chris’ willingness to share that life through the vehicle of social media allows others to not only come along for the journey, but potentially learn enough and become emboldened enough to mount their own nonconformist travel odysseys.
Talking to Chris reminded me how important it is to develop a life away from the screen, something I’ve grown increasingly attached to over the last 6 months. And, I’m wondering whether it’s time for me, as I move into a fairly major transitional moment in my career and life, to step back and do a bit of creative digital destruction.
To get back to what makes me come alive. Then, turn to blogging and social media not as a way to live any substantial part of my life, but to share my adventures, experiences and discoveries away from the screen and have the tremendous gift of learning from you guys, my amazing family and community of lifestyle pioneers and explorers.
As always, just thinking out loud.
What do you think?
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