The comfort level of my clients, when it comes to blogging for themselves or using social media, rides the scale. From, ‘You want me to do what?’ to ‘I’m addicted to Twitter’ to ‘I don’t like talking about myself’ to ‘I can’t stop talking about myself.’
And it got me thinking, not just about my clients, but about everybody. Who and how are these people in their lives, or even in their childhoods, and how does their ‘live’ life M.O. make the leap to their ‘online’ life?
I figure it can go one of several ways – and I’m looking at the extremes here (not at those that can take or leave social media).
For the folks who can’t get enough of the blog and the social networking:
- They’re outgoing, social fiends in ‘live’ life and relish having even more outlets.
- They’re terribly shy in ‘live’ life, but have tapped into this protected-behind-the-screen bravado.
- They’re just averagely social, and thrive in the online ability to connect in a mostly non-agressive way.
For the folks who can’t get far enough away from the blog and the social networking:
- They’re outgoing, social fiends in ‘live’ life and abhor the thought of souring good social interactions with a screen and keyboard.
- They’re terribly shy in ‘live’ life, and as it turns out, in ‘online’ life too.
- They’re just averagely social, and ‘live’ life is plenty.
In the end, I can’t possibly classify anyone…every single one of us is so unique and there are so many factors to consider that it could be nearly impossible to figure it out. Or not. Perhaps Forrester could, or already has?, taken a look at this phenomenon and they could tell us quite easily.
What I can do, and what I want to do, is listen to how this shows up for you. What is the connection between your ‘live’ life and your ‘online’ life?
The only hardcore evidence that I have right now, until you all tell me your own experience, history and attitude in the comments below, is that I’m one of the ones that can’t get enough of the blog and the social networking. And, in high school? I was voted biggest flirt.