Thursday, November 12, 2009

I Don't Know, What are YOU Doing?! Geez...

You know what my problem is? I never learned to think in soundbites. I don't mine "nuggets" of insight or appreciation or observation that can be easily passed along in 300 word blog entries or 2:27 minute videos on Youtube; I excavate entire mountains. Perhaps (he realizes suddenly...duh!) that's why I write books. I think in books.

So this whole TwitFaceBlog thing has me stymied most of the time. I don't know where to begin. Or where to stop. Am I the only one? Hello?

I was encouraged to hear Donald Miller say at a conference last week that it's a lot more work for him to write a single blog post than it is to write an entire chapter of a book. Hah! So there! If NY Times bestselling author Donald Miller has trouble figuring out this whole webernet presence thing, perhaps it's not so nuts that I do too.

What about you? Do you wrestle with how to engage authentically with a blog or facebook or twitter? What have you found that works for you? I'm all ears on this one.

p.s. -- the irony has not escaped me that this post is under 300 words.


Shannon Bruce said...

I can totally relate! The minute I try to edit myself the creativity is gone...Let me know what you learn. I'm all ears!

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Michelle Brown said...

It rather depends on why you do it.

Facebook is an invitation to engagement and dialog, and honestly I don't have a problem ignoring certain friend requests. Twitter is more of stream-of-thought kind of thing. My blog is my story.

So, I don't really have that much of a problem with the whole TwitFaceBlog thing. But then, I'm not trying to acquire hundreds and hundreds of followers on Twitter (though I do have a couple hundred, which amazes me) nor do I want 400 or 500 or more Facebook friends. I can't keep up with that many people. I blog, but I'm not trying to reach tons of people with that, either. It's an avenue to share my personal journey so it's as long or as short as I want it to be. If what I write there blesses or encourages others then great. I'm fairly sure I'm not alone in dealing with the issues I battle, and if I encounter something that has value to me then I want to share it, but I'm not trying to speak powerfully into the lives of others. If that happens, then it's a bonus, but that's not the motivating factor for me. The motivating factor, for me, is simply to say "You're not alone," to whoever runs across my TwitFaceBlog presence.

I suspect, and I could be totally wrong on this, if there's even a hint of needing to monetize that online presence - even if only on the back end - then that need makes it all the more challenging.

But I could be totally wrong about that last bit. :-)

[d] said...

BlogTwitFace, FaceBlogTwit, TwitBlogFace... for me it's all a matter of fitting the right dialogue with the appropriate audience.

Twitter for me is a ground level, short-burst, micro-blogging experience. I use it to provoke thoughts and encourage dialogue, as well as share my random thoughts. This gives me a "human" side of what I write on my blogsite. I share struggles and victories... and try to fit them in 140 characters or less. Additionally, it enables all who follow me to know how much I love my wife, my son, Starbucks, Blue Bell, SciFi, food, gaming, etc. It also gives me a platform to voice social concerns and Faith insights as well as challenging others to move forward in their faith. I do want people to know me but, more importantly, I want to point them to Jesus.

Facebook is the dialogue machine for my updates. My tweets update Facebook and therefore can sometimes stimulate some awesome dialogue with which I can then more intentionally engage my friends, colleagues, and family. I try to connect to as many people as possible on FB for this reason. My purpose is to engage in a conversation about God, Faith and Jesus allowing the Holy Spirit to ignite within them a desire to know Jesus. I try to create the environment and trust God will provide the spark.

Lastly, the Blog. This is my non-conversational piece. This is where I live authentically and allow others to see God at work in my life on a more grand scale. It is monologue and teaching oriented. I started my blog for the sole purpose of continuing to invest in the lives of those I left behind in Chicago before moving to Austin. This is where I write mini-novels with each post. Seriously, they can be long but they are stories. They are God's stories told through my life.

I'm not sure if any of this makes sense or if I even answered your question. If not, send me a DM and I'll try to explain in 140 characters or less! ;-)

Michael D. Warden said...

Dave, you're my hero!