How’s that for a linkbaiting headline?! Last week four posts got me thinking about blogging and criticism, about elitism and the echo chambers in which we choose to work and play.
NOW this is what I call Social Media, Vol. 1
This is thoughtful, reflective debate. Communicators and marketers at the top of their collective games, mixing it up with vim and vigor, snark and humor, humility and bravado, even single malt Scotch talking about criticism.
Blame it on Danny Brown, who got the ball rolling with: “If you offer an opinion, have the balls to have people disagree and question you. After all, they’re the guys who put you where you are now. The least you could do is respect their opinions.”
Because I’ll follow him anywhere:
Geoff Livingston: “When I fail — and yes, I do fail — I can live with and even better learn from it rather than worry about the Karaoke Show image hit.”
Ike Pigott, with Geoff: “Criticism is part of publishing your views online publicly… we’ve both got quite a few scars (sometimes from each other) from scathing criticism. It made our thinking better.”
Chris Brogan: “Be clear in what you’re criticizing. Show examples when you can (because that helps me learn). And if you’re just trying to bait me because you’re competing with me, save us both the effort, and go lure my prospects to your better offering. Because then we’ll both learn.”
My comments. Rare that I don’t toss my pennies into the coffers, but this was one of those times I had both too much and not enough to say. One post lead me to another and another, by the time I got through it all, I was both spent and fired up writing this post. And clearly in over my head.
It’s about the conversation.
Possibly one of the tritest, most overused truisms in social media but in this case it’s no bullshit. Comments can be The Juice of a blog post, so here are just a few:
“What someone thinks is snarky, another may think is funny, and yet another may feel is fine communication. I think interpretation is the other side of the equation…” James M Cooper.
“As long as people don’t purposely sell bullsh*t, it all has value – pop and punk, chewing gum and truffles, basic theory and advanced applications.” Olivier Blanchard has two comments on this one, better than many a blog post.
“..Unicorn Flatulence.” Ike Pigott, gotta remember that one.
“I have always considered you a factory of odor-free feces.” Mark W. Schaefer can turn a phrase.
“The thing that I keep coming back to about all of this social media crap is that we’re ALL new to it – no matter how BIG any one of us are or may be. We’re ALL experimenting, adopting, trying and discarding, talking, sharing …. and a multitude of other things.” Shelly Kramer.
Final thoughts: A central theme I noticed is growth, learning from mistakes and criticism. I agree with Shelly, think that in such a dynamic and rapidly-changing area as social media, there will always be a learning curve as the game will keep evolving, changing around us.
I want to snark something clever, blah blah get over ourselves and back to work blah. Something deep about wisdom and the other points of view. Best I can do is this quote:
“There are as many opinions as there are experts.” – FDR.
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