So last week became one of the most fascinating experiences I guess I’ll ever have on the blog.
I was calling out the ease at which being present on social media gets confused with being a forward thinking progressive practitioner.
When you have a community you’re tapped into – DO NOT CALL THEM FAKERS.
They don’t like it. I insulted quite a few folk. I had a fair few agree with what I was saying. I had more railing against the post and proving to me how social made a real difference in their lives.
If you’re gonna do it, you need to have a ready fitted suit of armour waiting, and a whole lot of patience and empathy in hand. It’s tiring, and I was exhausted two days later still reeling from the effects of what I wrote. Not because of what I wrote, but because of the ongoing conversations.
Here’s some of the suggestions and reactions I had because of the post:
“Take a break from writing for a while till you’re feeling better.”
“Maybe you’re in a bad mood.”
“Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed?”
“Who are you actually referring to in this post?”
I accept my delivery wasn’t palatable.
What has certainly been interesting is the reaction. It’s almost as if the reaction was more against me than what I wrote. That is, people know my writing and thereby get a sense of who I am and what I stand for. And then there I am calling social media a pile of nonsense with no real benefit for practitioners. This went against my perceived MO.
It’s like people thought I was writing about them personally.
I get it yo. It’s my thing as well as it is your thing. I live and breathe my social media life just as much as my non-digital life. To be told it’s all for nought is a big ol’ pile of wank.
What’s further interesting is suddenly people think I’m against sharing and positive supportive commenting based on your social presence.
Seriously people, I wrote something based on my observations. It created a set of polarisation I’ve not directly experienced before.
Does this suddenly mean I no longer believe in the value of social media?
Most certainly not. It means I can be critical of the thing I value so much, and carry on because that’s all I was doing.
But if anything it has strengthened a resolve for me.
Ideas and opinions are all well and good provided they have a basis or help push thinking and action forwards.
But for me, the sharing of practise is what helps people get creative and innovative. They hear and see how something has or hasn’t worked, and can decide on making things happen in the way that makes sense to them.
So here on out I’m gonna be more mindful about the knowledge I share, my practise and what it informs.
Also, what is absolutely fascinating for anyone interested in the whole ‘social learning’ argument, is that in that post was essentially outlined why social learning is the thing to embrace in organisations.