Monthly Archives: April 2009

Recovering from Luke Skywalker

I bought some Axe Recovery body wash for my husband and when I smelled it I was immediately taken back to my childhood days of shampooing with Luke Skywalker.  They smell almost exactly the same!

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I always thought it was rather sick to rip off Luke’s head and empty his frothy guts into my hand to clean my hair.  I had Chewbacca bubble bath too!

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Social Media 101 Million

Last week I was flipping through the radio stations on my presets and three of my eight favorite radio stations were having discussions about Twitter.  I turn on the TV news and what do I see:  Kim Kardashian’s Twitter controversy.  I open the newspaper and in the business section a caption under a picture reads “Jayna Dinsmore, 33, of Groton, Mass., an unemployed marketing manager, looks up from twittering while the set for “The Job Show” is prepped.”  It appears that talk of Twitter is popping up around every corner.  I even heard a group of seniors talking about it outside of the place where I occasionally stop for a bagel on my way into the office!  No one is immune from the penetration of social media into their lives.

John Darkow, The Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri

John Darkow, The Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri

Some people think the whole social media phenomenon is stupid, and some can’t live without posting their every thought and action online for the world to see.  Either way, everyone has an opinion about it…even if that opinion happens to be “i don’t have an opinion.”  What is about to unfold is my personal opinion on social media and the general guidelines I follow when I choose to share something about myself in cyberspace.

A primer:  the number of social media sites and applications are extensive.  There are so many out there that it is virtually impossible to belong to all of them and keep all of the outlets up to date.  I manage to keep up with a few of them on a regular basis and they are:

  • Facebook:  I’m only “friends” with people I actually know or have met in person at some point in my life.  I usually post articles I like, share pictures, make comments about people’s posts and the like.
  • Linkedin: This is where I network with business contacts.
  • Twitter:  I started doing this because as mentioned above, it’s all the rage to share the consistency of your latest bowel movement with the twitterverse.  The beauty of Twitter, in my opinion, is the brevity.  If you can’t say what you have to say in 140 characters or less, then you’ve said too much and should go start a blog or something.
  • WordPress:  I host my blog here, and so far I’m liking it.

Okay, so that pretty much sums up my personal life on the web.  Now here’s a short list of guidelines I follow when I’m about to share something online (I know, I know, all the social media “gurus” have their own set of guidelines that have already been published and mine probably aren’t much different from theirs, but oh well, I’m going to do it anyway).

  1. Think before you post.  If you have to debate with yourself for more than 30 seconds on whether or not what you’re about to post is “appropriate” then it probably isn’t and should remain private.  There are a certain number of things I will never talk about online, and I’ll leave it at that.
  2. No one really cares if you’re bored, tired, hungry or “fill in a random adjective.”  If you want to update your status, then be unique and unlike the others who lack the ability to elaborate or exercise their creative freedom.
  3. If you don’t want to share information with everyone, then don’t share it at all.  I’m constantly perplexed about people who post blogs that are marked “private.”  Why even post a blog in the first place if you don’t want anyone to read it?  Why try to hide things from certain people?  I’m not ashamed of anything I publish–my coworkers, relatives and professional acquaintences all have equal access to everything I put out there, and the reason I am comfortable with this is because of guideline number one:  I think before I post!
  4. I am human, and I act like it.  I do not have a one-track mind and therefore I write about whatever interests me–I don’t abide by the rule of sticking to a single subject because I think that will eventually lead to boring content.  I have so much to say and share, why should I limit myself?  This is not to say that I think a business should do this.  One subject blogs do serve a purpose  if they’re being used to show expertise in a particular area.
  5. It’s not necessary or obligatory for one to keep connected at all times.  Spend some time away from technology and enjoy life.  I don’t have any social media or even email tied to my cell phone–if it’s important and you have my number, then call me otherwise it can wait (I do always carry my cell phone in case of emergencies, but it’s not always on and I do use the ignore button occasionally).

That’s basically it, now it’s time for some of that unconnected time I was talking about!

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