Friday, September 9, 2011

By The Numbers

Updated stats for my feeble social nutwork activities over the past 30 days.

Activity Blog Google+ Twitter Facebook
Posts by Me 38 92 4,482 0
Replies / Responses 15 73 116 0
Unsolicited Contacts 0 0 4 0
Followers / Friends 7 98 79 71
Site Visits 2,673 ? ? ?
Reposts / Retweets        

As you can see, I do a LOT more talking than I get talked to.  That says a lot.  Sometimes seeing numbers in plain view has an impact like nothing else.  Heck, ask any MBA what kind of hard-on they get over Excel pivot tables and 3D color graphs.  It's like talking about Heroin in the company of Keith Richards.  Like my momma always said: if you don't have something important to say, enter politics.  No, she said something to the effect of "If you don't have something meaningful and important to say, it's probably noise."  I need to shut up and reserved my blabbering for when it really matters.

This kind of jibes with my stated plan to retire this blog at the end of this year.  I haven't really missed Facebook at all.  I get tired of Twitter and walk away from it, but as soon as I see something stupid in public, I want to tweet about it.  G+ started out really cool and has a nice mature feeling to it, but it seems a lot of the people I converse with are visiting it less often every week.  I'm no Dr. Phill, but I can diagnose my condition as trying to reconcile a lack of "real" social interaction with online interaction, and it obviously ain't working like my subconcious idiot brain assumed it would.  The problem for me is that I like to talk and write, and write about talking.  I write a lot of code and a lot of email messages, so it kind of carries through I suppose.  I'll have to figure out a way to let off steam without boring people to death or wearing out my welcome.

In the meantime, between now and December, 24, 2011, I am going to strive to post less often and practice the art of shutting the hell up.  Maybe I'll divert my energy towards more reading.


tumtum73 said...

The beauty of a Blog is that you can post whatever you like and feel better whether people read/comment on it or not. I guess I'm not sure what your goal was when you started your social networking journey. It sounds to me like you keep searching for a destination that I'm not sure really exists. I personally enjoy your posts and comments.

I say keep posting what you like and if your looking for some type of reason, develop a goal and work towards it.

One of my favorite quotes is:

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” - Greg Anderson

skatterbrainz said...

Valid point indeed. I admit I have no plan or agenda. My social networking journey is a meandering smash-cut of one thought after another, heavily influenced by caffeine, beer, sleep, work, traffic, family, news, and more caffeine. If I designed cars using that same approach they'd look horribly bad.