I had a post scheduled for today but took it offline. Why? It felt wrong to be snarky, pithy.. blather on about marketing, social media and PR when my friends are sad, my community is hurting.
Popular marketer Trey Pennington committed suicide a few days ago. I never met him, wasn’t following him on Twitter or reading his blog, don’t think we crossed paths except for a stray tweet here or there. And yet, damn I am still feeling this.
For thoughts on Mr. Pennington by those who have met him:
Jay Baer, with more posts linked within, Social Media, Pretend Friends, and the Lie of False Intimacy.
Jayme Soulati, one of the first social friends to reach out and call me, RIP Trey Pennington.
This is the real me, but not the whole me.
I mentioned that in a comment, have said it before. I don’t share everything, am not sure I’m comfortable with revealing too much. I’ve done the ‘random things about me‘ posts, but play my cards close to the vest since I think there is a limit on how transparent I want or should be.
All about keeping up appearances, maintaining an image – all too important in the image business. It’s late, I’m tired and emotional, so I am stopping short of stripping away the masks all together.
I’m ok, I don’t have and cannot fathom the kind of depression that would lead someone to take their own life. Today I am just backing down off my personal vs. professional meme, closing the divide a little. I’ve started reaching out to a few folks, especially those I haven’t seen online lately, plan to spend time making more of my connections, online and off. FWIW.
If there is anything you want to add or share, please do.