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.

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