Image by rebekaburgess A colleague has been struggling with some negative talk on the back channel and asked me how I deal with it. When someone slights me, I use that resentment to drive me further, finish hard projects, go the extra mile, and get up when I fail. This is the famous chalkboard moment. Sports teams often use slights and trash talk to go out and hand it to the opposition. Michael Jordan admitted a similar fueling approach when he was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Jordan was criticized (justly), probably because he said he did it to prove all of his critics wrong. He also revealed several resentments toward players that were in attendance.
Image by Den Den Do you sense a lack of clear meaning in this online rat race? On one hand, existence stands in its purest form, reasons to be online, missions of the niche! Then we dilute existence with digital records of ice cream trips, Nike Fuel runs, and manufactured savoir faire. Self determination now exists at its ultimate zenith, coupled with a bizarre sense loneliness. YouTube star Jenna Marbles reflected recently in a NY Times article that with all of her online fame and popularity and friends, she finds herself in an odd state of loneliness. We have many boys and girls trapped in their own online bubbles now.
In its purest form, writing offers artistic value to our world, inspiring people, making them think, debating ideas, and challenging norms, even in marketing. The creative side of the profession, the part that speaks to the soul, demands better than a top five list or a mechanical landing page. A blog post should contribute a small nugget to a professional’s life. An essay should revolve around an idea and debate its merits, pros and cons and leave the reader spinning with their own interpretations. A book should leave a reader enchanted with dream and vision. And by books, I’m not talking the trade books many of us bloggers tout as our professional mantras, rather books of grander scale and intent. […]
Well, the RSS apocolypse is upon us thanks to Google’s planned sunsetting of Reader. Now that my Reader has been scheduled for termination, expect a pivot. Of course, the sunsetting of Reader disrupts my and many other bloggers’ daily link sharing on Twitter and Google Plus, which causes change. Since xPotomac and SxSW have passed (creating more time), I plan on starting anew, and rebuilding on Feedly and Flipboard with new voices on a wider range of topics. I go through periods of discontent online. Currently, I’m in one.
There’s been a lot of pointed conversation online of late. Sometimes it’s nice to take a step back, and breathe in clean air. So I thought I’d share some gratitude this Friday and walk out on a high note. Here are 10 good things happening right now: 1) The Phoenix Rises Patrick Ashamalla, Shonali Burke and I successfully rebooted the BlogPotomac franchise as xPotomac on Monday. The feedback has been provocative, and indicative of a repeatable conference. We will meet later this month to conduct a post mortem and discuss next steps.
Image by Dustin Holmes There’s nothing worse than someone who knows it all. Yet, now more than ever we surround ourselves with paper experts, factions of wisdom, and pundits of the micro topic. Online and in real life I meet and interact with many micro-pundits. Surely, there is corresponding micro-fame, and perhaps even micro-wealth that comes with such stature. But there is also a great danger of egotistical ignorance that comes with micro celebrity. You could call me such a micro-pundit. But really, wasn’t I really a modern King of the Vagabonds, one of the people who suddenly broke out because I shouted the loudest? And I did better than I ever had, but did I conquer? I had an […]