I’ve been working on not hating people so much increasing my attempts to be sociable. This might come easy for some…but for a misanthrope an introvert like me, it’s not so easy.
Right now I am on a mission to become a social media butterfly. Here are some of the (extremely brave) things I’ve been doing:
Increasing my “twittering” by about 300% Which means that instead of tweeting once per week, I now might tweet *three* times per week. Hell, one day I went all out and tweeted 4 times! 4 times in one day! Yes…it may very well have been me that was responsible for the last fail whale.
Commenting on facebook. Let’s back that up and start with: looking at facebook. Accepting new friend invitations. Sending “would you be my friend?” invitations. Then the aforementioned commenting…instead of just shyly “liking” (although I still do that too).
Sending emails. (Not just writing them, leaving them in the “drafts” folder until they get smelly, then deleting them).
Posting comments on other blogs…and posting to Steve Pavlina’s forum. (Because I promised the people I met at CGW that I would stay in touch that way. Damned “Personal Integrity”…why did you go and make that promise?)
Why do I bring this up? Because of a phone call I had with my sister earlier today. (Phone call! Me! Yes…it’s true!) I was bragging telling her about my bravenesses when she asked: “So…after you send these emails or make these comments…do you hide?”
WTF? I know she’s a Mom and as such, is gifted with special “Mother Vision” – but does that really work on sisters? I thought it was just for kids. She’s also a bit Psycho (we are related) – but I never knew she was Psychic.
So…how the hell did she know?
Yes. It’s true. I admit it. The minute I press the “send” button or the “publish” button or the “update” button…I’m gone. Close the browser. Close the lid on the computer and go eat cookies for a walk. Or better yet…leave the country.
At least no one can *see* me do it online (except my sister). Can you imagine doing this in real life? Call someone on the phone, then hang up when they answer. (OK. I’ve actually done this.) Leave a voice mail, then not answer the phone when they call back 30 seconds later. (Guilty here too.) Say hello to a stranger…then hide behind a tree. (Nope. Never done this…talk to a stranger, that is…the tree idea is brilliant, though, don’t you think?)
Then again, I might get arrested for it.
Officer: I see that you initiated a conversation back there, then you hid behind a tree.
Me: <sigh> Yeah. I got scared. I was worried that, you know, maybe they might say something back?
Officer: There are rules about human interaction, you know. Ever hear of social norms? Conversationus Interruptus is quirky behaviour. I’ll have to cite you with a “chat and run”
Officer: Can I see your license?
Me: (hands it over)
Officer: Just as I expected. As a card carrying environmentalist, you are authorized to HUG trees…but not to HIDE behind them.
Monty Python Guy: Cut. Silly!
Officer: You are allowed to make one phone call.
Me: uh no thanks…
Then I go to court and get sentenced to community service and they make me call up strangers and ask for donations for some new “communications project.”
Yes, I know. The Monty Python Guy is right: This post is getting silly.
And I’m posting it anyhow because I made a promise to myself that I would no longer abandon partially completed blog posts (even if they totally lack a point). That and…I think the thing about the tree is kinda funny.
If you have a brilliant insight and would like to supply a “point” or if you would just like to continue the silliness (or admit to similar bizarre behaviour), feel free to leave a comment. But know that I won’t read it right away. I have a plane to catch…