There’s always a “moment” right before you publish a new piece of content.
It’s a moment that gives you pause, causes your heart to beat a bit faster and for your brow to sweat a bit more.
I call it the moment of truth. So over the last few years I’ve developed three questions that help me know whether the quality of what I’ve produced is worth publishing.
Will Anyone Care?
Will anyone read this…
Over the weekend a Mom posted on Facebook a response to the ugly comments she received for baring her stretch marks while at the beach.
Since then the post has been liked, commented, and shared more than a million times, and was seen by millions more. She received support and encouragement for sharing the update and for exposing herself to public evaluation of both her stretch mark ordeal and the…
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
My 3 star rating comes with a huge caveat.
Seeing the movie first spoiled this book for me. Had I read it first I would have been much more intrigued about piecing together the different the story to understand the larger timeline. Instead, I already knew the story so the book felt like a post-war mop up with nothing new to add.
What I was really hoping for was more character development. I felt like having people interviewed gives us an impression of who they were as they told their stories, but all of the narrative was in hindsight, some stories told many years after the fact.
Being able to look back on your life of the last ten years allows you to see the big picture and put things together you can’t do when you are going through it. What I would rather have had, was being on the journey of any of the interviewees throughout their time so you see them changing and fighting, good and bad, etc.
Again, I’m being picky b/c I needed something else to make the book seem fresh since the movie spoiled so much for me.
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I watched this video over the weekend and felt the need to change how I interact with people online. While I have many connections, I don’t feel the quality of those connections is as strong as before the introduction of social networks. Posting updates makes it too easy to speak and too hard to listen. When we post we aren’t thinking about speaking to a particular person or audience we are speaking to everyone. That’s not a conversation that’s broadcasting. We also don’t stop to provide context for our statements. It becomes an exercise in writing for quick attention, headline grabbing and “like” acquisition.
What I plan to do instead is go old school. Videos on my professional blog. Photos in my personal blog. Using email to keep tabs on my valued relationships.
I need something that forces me to consider my audience more, to provide more context and value, and to develop more two way conversations.
If you’ve ever blogged before you know it’s more time consuming than a simple tweet. You have to think through what you are going to say and develop those thoughts more. It forces you to be more motivated about speaking and place a higher value on connecting with an audience to ensure they get what you are talking about.
At another level I’m also taking a break bc I am burned out on social. It’s a labor intensive process to read through 3-5 feeds per day and decide what’s valuable to me, what I should respond to and what I should ignore. It leaves me with nothing left to make a meaningful connection. Plus, when it’s what you do all day for work, finding the energy to do it for personal use has become harder and harder. I just don’t care anymore. But I do care about my relationships.
Knowing my ability to stick to things this may not last a week. But I’m going to try anyway and see what I learn.
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