So I went to a blog seminar.
It was local, it was cheap, and it was mostly women. I’ll generalize and say everyone except me was blogging about parenting… either specifically, or as part of their platform. And crafts… Incase you didn’t know? People love crafts.
It seemed everyone already knew each other—I felt alone in a sea of enthusiastic, competent bloggers. Like I was trying to fit in at a new high school.
I wanted to leave immediately.
The anxiety I have at meeting new people is excruciating. Especially groups of people. Especially by myself. But it was only five miles from my house, and I’d made the mistake of telling Paul about it, so there was no backing out without looking like a dweeb.
This is what I learned:
- Social media is the new black.
- Social media is going to take over the world.
- Social media is more important than electricity, running water, and democracy.
- If you are not a social-media mogul, you might as well just pack up your blog and go home.
This is essentially bad news for me. (See social anxiety, above.)
More bad news: The time to capitalize on the blog zeitgeist was roughly a decade ago. If you failed to realize this, your only hope for salvation is social media.
Wow. This is totally fascinating… keep reading.