Since last week’s curated content goodies were well received, I’m continuing the practice this week.
- I consume content about everything. Some of this content may interest you, some of it may not. And that’s okay.
- To see content recs daily, follow my “Thought of the Day” board on Pinterest.
- All of these photo quotes are original pieces of content created by me.
- If I mention a book, I’ve read the whole thing. If I mention a movie, I’ve watched the whole thing. I am kind of unable to do anything half-way.
Okay, now for the most interesting things that popped out at me in the past week…
1. Throwing caution to the wind.
I can’t tell you how many projects I have worked on that were derailed by fear…
- What if people don’t like us?
- What if we make a mistake?
- What if things get awkward?
I’m not being glib here, SO WHAT? Just proceed as if those things are going to happen (because they are…they’re happening right now.)
Believe me, this change in perspective will set you free.
2. Timber/Fire mashup
Problem is, once I listened to it, I couldn’t stop listening to it. (You’ve been warned.)
This young lady deserves to be famous, so I’m more than happy to send some link love her way.
3. The New York Times: the masters of digital storytelling.
If you’re in the content marketing game, this is the stuff you should be studying: it’s educational, informative, entertaining, visually stunning and looks amazing on mobile devices.
If you’re interested in extreme stunts, I’d be remiss not to also recommend checking out the excellent documentary, “The Crash Reel,” which explores some of the consequences of athletes pushing themselves to do bigger and better tricks. It’s excellent and powerful stuff.
4. Bigger isn’t necessarily better.
While my follower counts aren’t even a fraction of Trapani’s, I think she hits the nail on the head and echos some of the concerns I’ve had over the past five years watching my networks grow. (I’m often nailed with “You’re not funny, Jen” comments on Twitter. Um…okay. So maybe then don’t follow me?)
The grass isn’t always greener on the other wise of the socialverse, folks.
5. Connectivity vs connection.
There were a lot of great articles on relationships last week in conjunction with Valentines Day. Of these, Dr. Sue Johnson’s post on Wired. “How Gadgets Ruin Relationships and Corrupt Emotions” from her book Love Sense was noteworthy for giving a lot of food for thought.
I’ve been thinking about this topic for years. The connections are we make in social media are both real and yet not really real at the same time. And that makes for confusing relationships with strange boundaries sometimes.
It’s worth asking what these relationship will mean for us as a society in the long term.
As the article says, “While our electronic gadgetry is keeping us more connected in some ways, it is a shallow connection — not the deep emotional engagement needed for any kind of meaningful relationship.” It’s a interesting conundrum worth thinking about on Valentines Day…and likely every other day in between.
*Yep. Sometimes I will share content with swear words in it…because the Internet is full of content with swear words in it. I’m betting you’re a enough of a grown up to handle it.