Have you ever walked into a party and thought, “What the hell am I doing here?”. If so, we’ve something in common. I’m an introvert; I’m reflective, intuitive, pensive. What that really means is that I’m shy. I observe situations and people before I take the leap. I saw this as an hindrance, so I would ‘fake it to make it’ and often pretend to be an extrovert. For introverts, this is exhausting. Both Lisa Petrilli and Mack Collier have written inspired posts about introverts living in an extroverted world and their thoughts have helped me better learn about and accept myself.
But what the hell am I doing HERE?
When I first joined Twitter and Facebook, I lurked and listened. I agonized over so many of my posts; would I offend someone somehow, would I sound like an idiot, would I be relevant. So plagued with doubt!
In a flash of inspiration (ok, no flash … just a thought), it occurred to me that I’m not the first person, nor the last, to feel this way. So, I made the effort to find accidental mentors. Find experts (the real versus the self-proclaimed), read their blogs, and start following them. People with serious Smartitude (big tip of the hat to Mack Collier, one of my favourite accidental mentors, for gifting that word to the world).
I began to engage by replying to a tweet, retweeting with an (hopefully) intelligent and relevant addendum, and joining in conversations like #BlogChat and #LeadershipChat. I aimed to give more than I expected to received. I spoke in my own voice, with some tremors of misgiving and doubt, asked questions (and sometimes answered a few), and sought advice.
My day job is engage in social media for my clients. I speak in my voice, it’s authentic and genuine, for organizations who need to spread their message. This blog is my foray into speaking as me, for me. So I’ll stumble along and trust that my community will have no reticence to critique, guide, and enlighten me.
This blog is going to be about my adventures and growth (with hope that the latter will occur) in this social media veldt. I’ll talk about my life lessons and share ‘Smartitude’ when I have or find some. My aim is open myself up, share, and learn.
What are your biggest fears about diving into the social media ocean?