Sometimes I feel an overwhelming urge to lampoon the social media experts. Not all of them, just the ones that take themselves too seriously. The people who write long authoritative posts in which they outline the rules of social media. I look at those and think about this quote from Thomas Edison:
“Hell, there are no rules here– we’re trying to accomplish something.”
Part of what I love about social media is that the rules say that there aren’t any rules. There are a million different ways to try and get something done. There are a million different perspectives and it is hard to say that one is superior to the other. It reminds me of a discussion that cropped up between another blogger and myself about the Blogging with Integrity badge. If you are interested in reading the exchange go toÂ Jason Falls’ post The Cautionary Tale Of Mom (And Other) Bloggers. If you scroll down the page you’ll find an exchange between Wendy Piersall and myself about this.
I am not sure that I had ever heard of her before today and I suspect that the same could be said for her about me. I can’t really say that there is anything of significance in that last line, but I felt like adding it. Mostly because it is after midnight and I am wired from too much coffee. The real significance of the exchange is that we disagree about simple rules of blogging. That is ok with me. I don’t think that either one of us will lose any sleep over it. But what I liked about it was that there was an exchange of ideas and an opportunity to engage.
See, that engagement is what I dig about social media. I love the interaction. I love talking to people I might not otherwise have ever met. The blogosphere is filled with some fascinating people and some amazing stories. When I think put on my magical marketing helmet I remember that people are what it is all about. Marketers love people because the people buy the products that pay for the people who sit in offices thinking of slogans to sell the products.
And as the 17 long time readers know I like the people because I know that if I reach them I can get marketers to push product out to me that I can promote to the people. And with that I’ll turn into a blogging superstar. Soon I’ll be my own brand and I’ll make like George and Weezy and sing about moving on up to a deluxe apartment in the sky.
Ok, enough of that nonsense let’s move back over to something far more interesting to me. Watch the video below and you’ll see one of my favorite movies. No, not the whole movie but a music video that a fan made.
One of these days I’ll put together a serious post about why I enjoy the movie so much. For now I can share a few things about it. It is a simple storyline but one that is easy to follow and relate to. I know, you are trying to figure out how I relate to it. I am not a Spaniard who left his farm to become a general for Rome. Nor am I a gladiator who died avenging the murder of his family. But I am a hopeless romantic who loves action and sees the battle of the gladiators being acted out on the basketball court. Really, my favorite thing to do is rebound.
Why? Because rebounding is more about will than skill. It is a question of who wants it more. But that is a post for a different time. And now it is time to get some sleep. Goodnight from your 3rd favorite Daddy blogger.