Actually About Me...
I was a newspaper publisher and editor in a former life, where I lived for 25 years on a 50-acre slice of Texas hill country heaven, dabbled as a breeder of Arabian horses and German Short-haired Pointers and, in general, tried to let nature and light shine in.
Then, I moved to the most populated country on the planet.
I have been living in China since the fall of 2005, much longer than I originally planned. But quickly realized that one cannot adequately soak up the country, the culture, the people or the language without hanging in for the long term.
I got started on G+ as my virgin foray on a social network, not very long after G+ popped its own social network cherry. I love The Wall, but I've never posted to a wall. I know a twit when I see one, but I've never tweeted. And I've been living in the most populated country on the planet for almost eight years, so I've never been particularly motivated to get linked-in.
Content I'm interested in (no particular order):
- iphoneography/rolling shutter
- Free Speech
My Circle Management Policy
If you've found your way to my stream via a shared circle, please note the following:
- I no longer circle back as a simple courtesy.
- I'm looking for interaction, engagement – not numbers.
- I share primarily about China and Chinese culture.
- Yet, I'm not one-dimensional.
If you aren't interested in content intended to give you insight into China, perhaps even change your perspective, or engagement, then I'm probably just noise you don't need to add to your stream. If you found your way here via a search or hashtag, then chances are I might be worth your time.
Followers ≠ Readers
In the beginning, I had less than 100 followers. Now I'm creeping up on 5,000. Back then, I had a mere handful of growing relationships. Today, I can count those relationships on my hands and toes. Hence, I rather suspect that 95% of the people who circle me based on a shared circle have never even seen my stream. I'm just another grain of collective sand in the sandbox.
Readers ≠ Friends
I have no problem with people lurking – paddling by and paddling on. Hell, I do the same. Or doling out the occasional pats on the back (+1s), maybe even a high-five (re-share) and then rowing downstream. We all do that, right? But in real life, simply greeting one another occasionally doesn't a friend make.
Commenters < > Friends
I love geometry, but hate math in general, so maybe my formulas stink. Ask me if I care. But I do care about this aspect of G+ because this is how I've seen relationships grow in this community. Someone comments on my posts. Or I comment on their posts. We interact. We engage each other. And much to my amazement and gratification, I now have new friends from just about all over the globe. Simply because we did more than say hello.
Those G+ formulas above are a big, fat clue about how I manage circles. I use three basic circles...and very few specialized ones.
Read – users whose content I find interesting enough to make sure I'm current with whatever they're sharing, either daily or at least several times a week. I might lurk. I might pat on the back. I might even interact. But we're not necessarily friends and don't necessarily need to be.
Readers – users who drop by and comment often enough, via more than one word blips, will automatically be added. I will return the effort by checking out your content as often as possible. Whenever I find something engaging, I will interact with you in return. Maybe we'll become friends. Maybe not.
Friends – For whatever reason, I don't have a single real life friend who has joined G+. So, these are the people who have become my G+ buds. I see you. You see me. I enjoy you and I'm grateful for the reciprocal relationship.