I've been thinking about connections lately. How we are so "socially" connected yet so alone. Yay, another person wants to "connect" with me on LinkedIn! I don't have LinkedIn. Yay! Another person "liked" my page! But I most likely will never get any comments from that person. We aren't really connected. How many of your Facebook friends are really your friends? I don't randomly accept friend requests on my personal page unless I know the person, have been in contact with the person, or they are friends of someone I know. On my business page I would love to have anyone who is interested in what I have to say or do.
It's hard to try to be interesting all the time. Or funny, or poignant. And, if you are not sure if anyone is connecting with what you say, is there a point? If a tree falls in the woods...Unfortunately, there are too many ways to be distracted. There are too many blogs, too many web pages, too many people and businesses trying to get your attention. Do you fall into the web page trap "See what happens when this guy found this house in the woods - it blew my mind!" I hate those.
How often have you said you don't have time, or you're too busy to blah, blah, blah. How often do you sit in front of the television binge-watching some show? I do it. That's more time I spend not connecting with real people. Does it count if the real people are at the other end of your computer? I think so. If you are freely exchanging ideas, stories, and information you are connecting. I've made some really great friends (and a husband, if you want to know the truth) on the internet. But it all started with nice conversation. Next time you read something interesting, type a note to the author. Go through your friend list and actually send people a short note.
I started my web page and my blog to make connections. You are important to me and I don't want to have a one-sided conversation. I know the punchlines to all my jokes and I always agree with myself.