Monday, 6 January 2014

Do You Agree, Or Disagree? (#01) [TOPIC: Social Media = 15 mins of fame]

Happy New Year all!

Today I'm going to keep it short and sweet. I need to wean myself back into the regular posting groove. I've written one sentence and my fingers are complaining that they're experiencing muscle pain, and my brain is crying "What? This isn't Facebook or Twitter? Damn!"

Nah ... kidding. :-)

Before I get to my "point of the day," can I just quickly say that the WRITING IN A NUTSHELL All-In-One book is now out on Kindle!!! Paperback coming soon. Whoop! More info HERE.

Okay, now to the point I want to make today. This is going to become a regular thing on my blog this year: Do You Agree, Or Disagree? Due to our ever increasing poor concentration spans (What?! This post is more than 140 characters? How ever will I cope?) I've decided to post, on occasion, a short and sweet statement designed to get you thinking and responding with your thoughts. See that's kind of a trick, isn't it? Because you will probably end up using your brain a lot more on these posts than if you were simply reading an article. But that's cool. I'm all in for tricks.

If you're a lazy reader, just skip to this part of the post. Hopefully this large bold red text will attract your attention:
Being a popular face on social media is like being that piece of clothing someone thought they couldn't live without, until one day it got pushed to the rear of their cupboard, outta sight, and they didn't realize it was missing until they found it by accident one day.
Do you agree or disagree with this analogy? Why?

Have a great week, folks!
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26 comments:

  1. Okay, from now on I'll skip to the red part. I'm lazy. Oh, and congrats on the Nutshell series. I had to buy them separately. I want a refund for the difference. :)

    Love the analogy because I'm a clothes horse, and it's very appropriate at this time of year as we all return from our holiday sabbaticals. When my mom passed, I had been online for less than a year, but I needed the time away. Could what I built withstand the neglect until I "got better?" Honestly...I don't think people really missed me, as humbling as that is to say. Merry Andrews such as myself are a dime a dozen, with a new one coming around the corner every day.

    My novel writing took a back seat while I built a presence, and once I realized how time-consuming it was (and superfluous), I've cut back on social media and blogging. My presence is somewhat established, now to cement it by writing something worthwhile.

    I'm that pair of culottes you stashed away and swore you'd never wear again. But now you're in the mood. Skirt? Pants? Heck, I'm both!

    I'm well overdue for my fifteen minutes. ;) Good series, Jessica.

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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    1. Remember the days when all the girls were wearing skirts on top of their pants? I'm going to start doing that again. :-) Ha!

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    2. You fashionista, you. Oh, and that picture of Andy Warhol looks like one of those morbid post-mortem pics from the Victorian era. Prop him up and take a candid. :)

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  2. I'm coming up on nine years of blogging and I would definitely agree with that statement.

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    1. Wow, that's a long time blogging! You are doing very well to keep on the top of your game!

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  3. I agree, because I think I've already been through that...

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    1. If there is anyone in this world who should be invincible from this, it's you Alex.

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  4. Happy 2014! And Congrats on the NUTSHELL series! I agree with the above. I don't think that's really the way things are. But I think they can definitely feel it sometimes.

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    1. Thanks Katie! Yeah ... you could be right.

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  5. I agree, and I think it's because I use tumblr.

    I always get so happy when someone "hearts" a bunch of my posts on tumblr. But tumblr has this feature where you can see whose posts you heart or reblog the most, and when I look back who I do, I don't even know who these people are.

    Apparently, I don't pay all that attention to whose posts I like.

    Blogs are a little different: If I put 10 minutes' effort into reading someone's writing, I'm probably going to remember doing it. For at least 5 minutes, anyway.

    Wait... What was the question?

    Who ARE you and why are you in my office?

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  6. Happy New Year, Jessica, think the idea is good, I try to keep my posts short in the hope that people will get to the end of them and comment, though I must admit that when in the pulpit preaching I tended to go on a bit! :0)

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    1. Hehe, yeah, sometimes my fingers just won't stop either. :-)

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  7. I do agree with this statement, Jess. I don't usually pay attention to trends, so in the blogging world, if someone I've been following disappears for a while, I notice.

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    1. I notice too. But it usually takes me a while to realize they are missing!

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  8. I agree. The moment I stop being visible, my blog's stats take a hit, and it's one of the bigger writer's blogs out there.

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    1. I've noticed it with mine too, Misha. There are a few posts that get regular hits, but I think that's because they a linked to from other sites, like Vine Leaves.

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  9. Never having been popular at any point in my life, I don't pay attention. Clothes go in and out a style, they get worn out, stained and stop fitting the way they used to. When that happens they get sent to thrift shop and/or are recycled into rags.

    Congratulations on your Nutshell series and Happy Three Kings Day!

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  10. I'm not really sure if the analogy works for me, but then I don't care that much about clothes.

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    1. Matt, what if you changed the word clothes to beer or nachos? :-P

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  11. I think some people who are popular on social media are so because they have something to offer, and they're the little back dress that never goes out of fashion. Mostly though it's all ra-ra skirts and legwarmers.

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    Moody Writing

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  12. Ooh, good stuff! I suppose there are two sides to this theory, as well as some truth. IMO - it's all about renewal, similar to what you're doing here with this new segment of posts. Old clothing can either age and tatter to the point it can no longer be worn. Or it can become so comfortable that it molds into a part of your being you can't live without.

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