Servant, MD (gynecologist), blogger, seminary stud, Momi, Ma'mere, sexual assault victim's advocate, entrepreneur, listener, ministry, speaker, teacher, leader, occasional haikuist
The answer to your last few questions, Margie is yes.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on I Heard A Fly Buzz When I Signed Off
Good post, Nick.
I think you are correct, this will not end well for many. I think that people will find that they already have a preferred way to read, collect, curate and manage the things they care about the most.
For instance, I came across this post in my Triberr stream where I go every day. Many of the tweets from yesterday were from a particular electronic mag I catch up on once a week. As my interests continue to morph, grow and in some cases coalesce, so do my reading habits and the services I use to "consume" them.
I think many will discover that even though they may have had 1000 titles in their Google Reader feed, they weren't really looking at most of them.
3 months ago on Hey Honey I Shrunk My Differentiation: Death by News Feed
Good post, Kelly.
I have gone white water rafting a number of times with my own children and with friends. It is an awesome time for team-building and helping people see what they are really made of. There isn't much time to waffle, whine or finger-point while you're running the rapids. Know who you are, know what you can do, do your job, and depend on everyone else to do their's.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Self Serving Benefits of Youth Mentoring
@Reach4MoJOYRN Thank you.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Self-Absorbed Ways to Destroy Your Credibility
Good post Patrick.
I completely agree that if we are going to examine and try to eradicate the problem of bad behavior, then everyone needs to start with self-examination, including the pastor. And, if we cannot examine ourselves, then we need to keep people around us who will speak truth and honesty into our lives. I think as pastor's rise in the church hierarchy, they have fewer and fewer people in their inner circle. Some of this, I am sure is by design.
Pastor's are human, and make all of the same mistakes the rest of us do. But if their egos have blinded the leader so much that he or she cannot be spoken to about issues such as the ones you have discussed, then it may be time to look deeply into your heart and prayerfully consider moving on.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on What If It’s the Pastor Behaving Badly?
Good points, as always Margie.
No, its not a social media only issue, it is a societal issue. For women, we are often taught as girls to try not to overshadow our male counterparts. We then embrace this behavior as normal, and ultimately work hard not to overshadow anyone. We all do it, and the we are mortified that someone thinks that we are not smart.
Like Doug, I am genuinely curious and always have been. Does this sometimes eclipse what other people want to know or are interested in? Yes, of course.
But we each have to find that middle ground where we learn to be comfortable with who we are/ who we wish to become, and being humble. The fact that we wish to be humble should not make us appear to be stupid, and it should not boost anyone else's ego at our expense.
When we can tear down the societal falsehoods that we have learned to embrace, we can approach some level of feeling that the sexes are similar in their intelligence, gifts and talents, if not truly equal.
When we each learn who we are, and accept it, we can learn to communicate without feeling the need to use self-deprecating language to get by.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Women, We Need to Stop Calling Ourselves Stupid
Good points Patrick.
Yes, we are ambassadors of Christ, but more importantly we are ambassador's of the message, which is LOVE.
Sadly, we show little love for our own "kind," and even less for those we deem to be different. If we cannot project this to each other, more especially with the world watching, why should anyone follow us, not just on Twitter or Facebook, but anywhere else?
4 months, 3 weeks ago on A Tale of Two Pastors on Inauguration Day
Agreed, Jayme. Organic growth is best. I have often seen ads for "buying" followers, and have never been able to understand why those followers, if they were indeed real, would stay with you.
Much of my growth has been through chats. I have seen a few blogs recently about brands sponsoring chats. I am not sure that would bring them more business, but is probably something worth investigating if they are after more Twitter followers.
I don't use any of the unfollow tools either. I am woefully behind in following back because I do it manually, but it gives me a chance to actually interact with some of my followers.
I saw further in this thread there was discussion about Zemanta. I have been using it for a few weeks. Recently, it has started pulling some of my blogs into the suggestion box. I always go out and check the link before I add it.
5 months ago on Brand Engagement And Organic Twitter Followers
Good choices, Doug, and straight to the point. This, I think is the essence of what everyone is striving for with their "three words," or resolutions, or whatever they do for that push forward. Its a good year for all of us to get busy and "do the work!"
5 months, 1 week ago on My 3 Word Mantra for 2013 (and Beyond)
Wise counsel, Margie, of course. I am a relative newbie and have seen some of the transformations you talk about. Most of the real engagement for me has come from a handful of chats. These have given opportunities to get to know people better and develop real friendships and relationships; especially in those chats where selling your stuff is strongly discouraged.
In terms of the selling, I think many people on Twitter, as well as some of the other platforms have forgotten that in order to make a sale, especially if you'd like to do it more than once requires spending time in building a relationship.
New people, of which I still count myself as one, are at a major disadvantage if they don't stumble into people who remember being a newbie, people who are willing to take a little time to help or explain something, or wander into chats that offer some value to them.
The following and unfollowing, I cannot address. I still do that manually, and remain woefully behind. The issue, I think is not whether others celebrate us as celebrities, but what we think of ourselves and what we are doing.
It all continues to change as we each determine how to use it best, as do we. Like life, its a work in progress and we learn as we do. You have to figure out what works, what doesn't, and where you are headed.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on The State of Twitter, 2013
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Only One Resolution: Accept Less Mediocrity
We all accept mediocrity. It becomes a way of life, a way of getting through our much too busy lives. I agree that the last person we should accept it from is ourselves. Once we can accept responsibility for keeping ourselves accountable, we naturally expect others to do the same. An awesome resolution, Sam. I'm in.
@nickkellet @Martina McGowan Thanks, will do. It goes live in the morning.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on In 2013 Let’s Be Worthy Together – #MyThreeWords
Good choices, Nick. I have two set up for sure- "arete" and "service," almost have the third under control. :)
@DixieLil Often people forget that there are a few people floating around on their own, and that they need to make a conscious effort to reach out to them. I've tried to supply a few pratical ideas to get through the season. Thanks, Dixie.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Realistic Ideas for Getting Through the Holidays on Your Own
Yes, Margie, I have. Thanks for sharing yours. I don't normally do resolutions, but I tried "Three Words" last year and had awesome results. I have 2 of next year's words sorted out, honing in on the third.
Looking forward to sharing a truly awesome year with you and the "gang."
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Looking Forward to An Amazing 2013
Thank you Margie, I am flattered. And, you have given me a few to catch up on. Thanks for curating and sharing.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on My 100 Favorite Posts of 2012
I am interested Jason.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on My latest crazy idea – and how you can help
Good post Rachael. As a doc well-immersed in social media for my other interests in life, I can see the great potential that lies ahead for expansion.
Two other issues that you have not brought up still concern me though. Yhe first is that many docs don't work for themselves, they are employed. They must therefore convince their employers of that age old question, "what's the ROI?" How much will it cost the employer, who is going to do it,and how will it be billed.
The second is a little thornier. HIPAA is a valid concern, and can be handled with adequate encryption, I think. But the fact is that we live in a litigious age. Once again, what's your exposure when things go wrong? These are matters which will have to be sorted out by legislation and the insurance carriers.
Good post, and I look forward to watching it evolve to catch up with the rest of the world.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Social Media: The Key to Transforming Doctor-Patient Communication
My favs are the darers and the forgetful.
I am always blessed by those who seem to overlook my own forgetfulness, occasional lack of tact, busyness and human-ness. They remind me of who I can be.
I have always had a few darers in my life. My first was mu fourth grade teacher. And those few words, "You can do better..." made all the difference in my life. It is also something I have continued to pay forward.
Thanks for sharing and reminding us Kelly.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on 12 Most Earnest People to Thank