Someone wrote a blog post that said G+ was waning and used my less frequent posts as evidence of that. Sheesh... sometimes you just gotta do non-Internet stuff, ya know? Not that I think I'm a super-hero, but after reading this blogger, I felt as though I was being scrutinized like one!
For the record: I'm not going to be online as much for the next 2 weeks. In part, that's because I'm in Hawaii. I'm not here on vacation -- I actually live here, as well as Los Angeles & Vegas (I try to split my time equally among the three). So anyway, the reason I'll be online less is not because I'm doing vacation-y beach stuff. It's because unfortunately I have a lot of practical stuff to take care of, and fortunately, because I'll be entertaining some guests.
This is probably a good time to write a bit on why I don't post that much...
Now, first, honest, I don't post that much. While I've noticed some G+ users make jokes about how much I'm on here, I've actually never posted more than 3 times in one day. (Go back and look!) Most days I post only once.
But why don't I post as much as say a +Guy Kawasaki
, +Robert Scoble
or +Mike Elgan
Well, I've found, when you don't say as much, people listen more. (Now if I could only reduce length like I reduce frequency!) Seriously, I believe in the power of silence. Here's a quick, but insightful (and practical) article on it: http://lifehac.kr/nx5qKk
I'm not knocking these three gentlemen. In fact, they're three of my favorite people to follow on here. If it weren't for them, G+ would be much less interesting for me. So first, that's just my personal preference, to be heard a little more.
Second, my computer table here sucks
. It kills my back to be on the computer in Hawaii. My couch sucks for computering, too. That's actually part of what I'm trying to take care of with my practical stuff here. I'm trying to go out shopping and find a more comfortable setup! Before G+, I was fine just not to go online as much when I was in Hawaii. (There are some nice things outdoors here.) Now if I'm not online, I feel like I'm missing something. Look how G+ is fueling the economy: I'm buying a new desk & couch because of G+!
Third, I kinda take my posts seriously and it takes time to come up with something. Often I'll find something worth sharing, but if I don't have time to add to the discussion about it, I won't post it. Then sometimes I'll think of posting something worth sharing without commentary (like the solar-power kid in my last post), but I don't know if it's been shared a bunch of times already. If I don't have time to search my stream to see if it's already out there, I won't post. And then once in awhile, I'll find something funny and share it without commentary, but that's mostly to give you a break from my steady stream of long-winded essays on both everything and nothing. I think it's important to remember we all like puppies, comics, funny infographics, and goofy songs as well.
Lastly, because of the nature of creativity, I sorta find that it comes & goes. If it goes, then writing becomes work and no fun. Last night I actually worked on a post about G+ naysayers that I think I'll end up sending to Techcrunch, but man it was difficult. Usually the longer pieces just flow out in about 30 minutes. When it starts to feel like work, then it's time to hit the beach... which is, in truth, where I'm going right now. Enjoy the weekend :)