The reality of life online

by Julie on January 21, 2010

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Running a blog and managing your social networking sites is part of your job. That’s what I tell my clients. It’s a critical piece of the marketing and promotion and syndication pie. And if you can’t do it, you get help. You outsource.

But it’s a lot of work, they say. Yes. yes it is. And that work is really important. However, sometimes, life happens – and we simply have to take a step back. From our online participation, from our extracurricular activities, even from our work.

For regular readers and subscribers to this blog, you might notice that while we have a hefty backlog of posts and information, we haven’t been updating quite so much lately. Both Ron and I have run into some ‘life’ situations that put this blog that we love on the backburner. It pains us that we’ve had to do it, but in this online world – where we strive so hard to be genuine and authentic, to bring our very selves into the information that we share – we end up bringing the good with the bad.

It’s happened before, and the glory of having two of us driving this ship was that one of us could take over. But this time, we both got sidelined.

In essence, as my good friend, farmer and blogger, Susan Gibbs, just wrote – this is the ‘dark side’ of social media. (or one of them anyway – don’t get me started on SPAM). Essentially, this dark side illuminates the old adage, ‘women and children first’. But in our case, it’s ‘health, family and paying gigs’ first.

Still…we love this blog. We love the community we’ve created. So, we’re not going anywhere. We’re figuring out how to get back to our regular flow. (and we’re always happy to have guest posters, hint, hint, nudge, nudge). And we thought it was vastly important – in light of both our philosophies that being human is your most important job when engaging in social media – that we tell you what’s been going on.

Hey, while I’ve got your ear: are there topics, sites, terms, technologies that you’re wanting to hear about? Please let us know, and we’ll answer your queries!

We hope this finds you well…and thanks for being here,

Julie & Ron

Image credit: Scoobymoo

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 --Deb January 21, 2010 at 7:12 pm

Well, you know, there are lots of other types of social media that people could talk about. Like, say, some of the sites dedicated to special interests (like, say, knitting) and are beyond useful for finding exactly what and whom you need. Maybe you need a guest post pointing that out? It’s not ONLY about Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

2 Mark Sherrick January 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Real life comes first, no matter what the outlet is. Best wishes to you both, and you both know where to find me if you need anything, virtually or realistically.

3 Julie January 21, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Huh…Deb. I’m a little confused about how your comment relates – but please I would LOVE to have you guest post about ravelry and etsy and such things…please, please, please!!!

4 Julie January 21, 2010 at 9:36 pm

And, Mark. How amazing are you. That comment truly made our night…thank you, thank you, thank you.

5 --Deb January 23, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Julie, the comment relates in that you asked, “Are there topics, sites, terms, technologies that you’re wanting to hear about?” and hint-hint-hinted for guest posts! (grin)

6 Julie January 24, 2010 at 6:35 am

Ha! You’re so right. You’d think I would have read my own post. Please, do excuse!!! And yes – PLEASE guest post on those topics. We’re ready when you are. And you know I LOVE your writing!

7 --Deb January 24, 2010 at 11:52 am

(Laughing)

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