Hello people that live in my computer! You will be forced to integrate with people who live in my phone from now on, as a mix between the two is how I am now able to blog. That said, I hope you’re all very AWESOME and warmer than I am at the moment. IT’S FREEZING in the office!!!
So, it’s been raining a lot here the past three days, so I haven’t been able to do any real field work and as such have just about finished my admin work. As consequence I am now bored.
“Write some more on your thesis”
Yeah…no…I submitted the first complete draft of one chapter and it was met with “I like how it’s developed, but still needs lots of work” so I am a little bit de-motivated. I turned my sights to the Twitterverse for blog ideas and inspiration, but the tweeps are slacking! Pull finger tweeps!!! So next I googled: ‘stuff to blog about’
The results were somewhat disappointing as none of them really captured my attention or interest, cause they’re just not what I’m about, but I had a look at them nonetheless:
100 Blog Topics I Hope YOU Write, by Chris Brogan. He starts by saying he has the opposite problem, having too much to blog about as opposed to my not knowing what to blog about. You’re lucky dude. So he give us some suggestions: 1. How I use facebook: I go on, check birthdays, do the social graces, check some pages I like and log off. I add the occasional content like photos or status updates, but not so much as when I started FB. I will admit, it is amusing seeing how ignorant some people are on FB and can sometimes reveal way too much about themselves. This is something I’m weary of. I’m on the Twitter, FB, Instagram and here, but there are limits to what I show and tell. Like, I spoke to a friend about something new I experienced recently and my perspective on the issue, and was encouraged to blog about it. But it’s something a little too close to home and I’m not informed enough to be expressing such opinions to anyone. Ok so there’s that. Thanks Chris, I have a full paragraph! *fist bump*
Anyway, number 2 on his list: Ways I embrace my audience: well guys, I blog and share on twitter. That’s about it, and I encourage interaction, though that’s a bit on the low side, which I get cause what I have to say doesn’t always apply to everyone all the time, or even intrigues everyone. Some people may not even like what I have to say, and that’s fine too. Would be cool if I could somehow get more interaction though, any tips or ideas guys?
- Should my town use social media: Well, I just moved to Prince Albert like 2 months ago, so I’m not sure what the stance is on social media? I think I’ll skip this one…
- A community I love: …uhm, too vague? The people where I’m from in Kimberley are not necessarily my favourite bunch. I love my family and friends there, but the rest not so much. And the community is full of nonsense. In Bloemfontein where I went to varsity, again, same thing about friends, but the community was much more yuppy-ish and mainstream and all “Oh look at me, I’m such a nice, well-rounded person” and that’s great except that a lot of it comes across as fake. Then I’ve spent some time between Johannesburg and Pretoria, but the two differ tremendously and in Joburg alone the areas really do differ quite a lot. But I’ve not had the full experience. Then, Prince Albert where I’m at now really has the best community I guess. Everyone’s helping someone, and friendly, and clean and conscious of the rest of the community. It’s really cool. Even to strangers.
- Technology that empowers me: Hmmm…empowers me how Chris? Well, my computer and phone provide me with all my work, relaxation and communication needs. That’s it I guess?
- How Flickr did it right: Flickr flicked a booger? I don’t know Flickr, so not applicable.
- How best to comment on a corporate blog: for me…don’t. I’m not a corporate-y business-y person. I’d just look like an idiot. But I have corporate-y business-y friends, and in conversation unless you can talk about other stuff than work cause you’ve reached that awkward silence, just ask questions and try to understand what they’re saying. If you can’t at least smile and wave and pretend. Mkay.
- Ways to save a bad time at a conference: Uhm…’save a bad time?’ I’m guessing that’s when you’re just wandering haplessly around not talking to anyone? Like killing time in between presentations or something? I have a book or article on me, or else check my e-mails or play on internet…I don’t know? Anyone care to shed some light on this?
- How I find blogging ideas: Point in case…
- Somebody has to say it: WHOA…this is a loaded one. There are so many things I can think of that, you can’t believe someone says, does, wears, or just is a certain way and nobody ever says anything or brings their attention to it for fear of hurting their feelings or confrontation or whatever. This is a really hot one Chris. Hmmm…
But then there are things that might just simply be your opinion that you can’t believe people do/say/are. It’s crucial to distinguish between this kind of stuff that should be universal and what’s your own opinion before ever even considering SAYING IT.
So, let’s see if point number 2, embracing my audience (if I have any) can help on this. Send me some issues you’ve encountered that someone just has to say it…like when you’re girlfriend asks how she looks in this outfit and you’re like ‘Come on, anyone can see that looks horrible’ but you can’t say that, and hope one of her girl friends’ can set her on a better path…tell me of things like that you’ve seen or experienced? You can comment here or send me a message on my twitter (boeta007) or e-mail me at: email@example.com
I was thinking of stopping here, at number 10 cause I don’t want to drag this out for too long. You have a life too I guess, and I’m probably wasting some time for you…but I’m not. I’m having fun, and I’m bored and cold. So I’m gonna now visit the loo, I suggest you do the same. Grab a cuppa bad office coffee, come back and go on to 15 or 20. Ok so go do your walkabout quick and come back…
What took you so long? *stern face*
Anyway. Chris says number 11 should be: My children will do it differently. Hmmm…well, I can’t say what my children would do, since I don’t have any and can’t imagine what their personalities will be like when I do. But what I will do differently as a parent, though I love my parents and wouldn’t change a thing about how I was raised, the one thing I might do differently, again depending on what my kids are like, is maybe to be more interested and involved in things they like and not have them give up on stuff to easily. I guess if you actually already have kids this can be something to write books about.
- How schools could use social media. I guess that depends on how the students of the particular school are using it? I’ve seen lots of schools with twitter and FB accounts, but if no one follows it, kids or parents, what’s the point? And when they have an active following, I’ve seen some schools that just don’t spend enough time utilizing it, so it fails, and once again what’s the point. I guess the advantage is better communication if schools used social media, but with so many variables and other communication means, it shouldn’t be too big of a deal. Unless of course it’s for marketing purpouses, in which case I bow out of this topic, since I’m no marketing specialist.
Gosh this coffee is horrible.
- The best parts of marketing…funny Chris…skip.
- Presentation skills for a new conversation: uhm…that sounds a little odd. But I’ll roll with it. I’ve never thought of using presentation skills in conversation, though it makes sense I guess? It’s the same thing basically. Look at your audience in a way that doesn’t say I’m looking at you all in your underwear cause I’m nervous, or a creepy stalker perve. Look at who you’re talking to. Talk clearly with the appropriate tone. So if you’re talking to me for example, when I meet someone new I generally tell them I’m HOH, so I appreciate it if people look at me while they’re talking so I can see their face and lips, I can’t read lips but it helps me hear better. And even if you look me in the face and speak softly, it kinda defeats the whole point. Speak clearly and loud enough. So know you’re audience or conversation partner. Own what you want to say. Too many “uhms” and pauses and stuff makes your nervousness obvious and makes you seem less intelligent. Rather listen to the other person a little longer and collect your sentence clearly before you articulate. And here’s where the kind of presentations I do differs from general conversation. While I present, I have the floor. I talk and talk and talk as if I love the sound of my own voice. At the end there’s time for questions. In a conversation however, it’s just as important to listen as it is to talk. Know when enough is enough.
- How I find time to make media: uhm…whenever I can and feel like it. Opportunistically I guess. As I said, I’m not a corporate or marketing guy. I don’t use this as part of my job or any aspect of my career whatsoever. I just enjoy it. So I prioritise and hope to find some time.
- Empower your best customers: Chris…we had a good thing going here, you’re losing me…
- After the event- carrying the conversation forward: Well, if we have conferences or meetings and stuff, there’s usually an exchange of e-mails, or at least a list of people present with their contact details, so I’ll send an e-mail: Hey Joe, heard your talk at the BLA BLA BLA WHATEVER and would like to talk to you about…perhaps a little too informal for proper business talk, but I’m a scientist.
- Just jump into podcasting – here’s how: Really Chris?
- My community and how you can engage it: well, again, comment here or twitter me at boeta007 or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
And I chucked Chris’s page. I’m over it now. I’ve written a butt load and I’m happy. I didn’t get into any of the other google results yet, but I’m happy and might do something like this again next time if I can’t come up with something. If you liked these 19 suggestions from Chris…I forget his surname let me check…Chris Brogan,and the look interesting to you, go check out the link: http://chrisbrogan.com/100-blog-topics-i-hope-you-write/
Or just google ‘what to blog about’ like I did. Thanks Chris, if you ever read this, for the topics. I enjoyed it. So yes people in my computer and phone, I bid you farewell. Carry on being AWESOME beings and try and make an effort to share this? Please? LATER!!!! 8D