An update on my social media challenge from this post is proving to be quite difficult. It is halfway done and I've run out of things to say. A few observations:
- Facebook has worked very well for me to connect to people I usually don't in a controlled setting. Easy to update, post silly stuff, generally light-hearted (at least the way I'm using it). It doesn't seem good for growing interpersonal relationships as much as maintaining existing ones.
- Twitter is even easier if you spend a lot of time online. Choose a subject (or set of related subjects) and post up links. If you are sufficiently well respected (or amusing) you can post more personal opinions. If you have special sources you can post exclusive information.
- Blogging is a pain. You can tell from the successive posts that they are getting shorter. It is a pain to write anything coherent on a daily schedule.
From a long-term point of view, Facebook and blogging seem to bring the most benefits if you don't have an existing following. Facebook (used sparingly, as opposed to obsessively) is very time efficient to just pinging people. Blogging is about building expertise and sharing it. It needs to be useful, interesting, or amusing. Most likely this means posting once to twice a week to balance coherent useful content with a full time job.
So here's to another two weeks of nonsense from me.