Eat less and exercise more.
Eat less and exercise more.
What does that mean? I still have to take out my garbage and cut my grass…yes, I still cut my grass. I know it’s old school, but it’s exercise too.
I still pay full price at Starbucks even though I tweet about them all the time as being my daily destination.
And just because I ride around town with my Burger King Social Media Crown on, people still won’t let me out in traffic. I just wish if they were going to wave at me, they would show all their fingers…….
Wait a second Dorman, who said you were internet famous? Aren’t you less than zero?
I want to be a rock star, live large, drive big cars…..
Ok, but what does it really mean?
It doesn’t mean Jack Squat
That’s not really true; I know I like the fact certain people know my name, whether they are big time or not.
But the reality is, the only people who are keeping score are the people in here. And guess what? We are one and the same…what do you think about that?
Circular mutual admiration society? Can you say echo chamber? Weren’t you that guy/girl in high school?
But look at my reach
No chit Sherlock; at one time it was over 26 million in just Triberr alone; now dropping, but it is a self-imposed clean-up. That alone should be able to get me elected as mayor ofsomething, don’t you think? How quick do you think the front porch lights would go out if I started asking my reach for a campaign contribution?
Easy big boy, don’t bite the hand that feeds you…
But I have the secret sauce
Really? I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but you are kinda lookin’ like everybody else in here. I mean, you are talented and all that, and nobody will deny you aren’t trying hard, but I’m not feeling it. From what I can tell, there can only be one next big thing, and I’m pretty sure that is going to be me.
Have you noticed how some can pull off this trying hard thing and it’s admirable, but others doing the same thing and it’s just too much or it just doesn’t have a good feel to it? And the harder they try the more it smells?
Why is that? Is it personality? Sincerity? Perceived social standing?
Think about this, would you rather be rich or popular? And what is rich?
Do you think one million dollars is a lot of money?
A kid I coached in little league just signed a guaranteed $32.5 million dollar deal, do you think he’s feeling rich right about now?
Did you see the list of 1,426 billionaires in the world? I know one of them; personally. They live less than 2 miles from me; I coached one of their sons in basketball; and see them out socially usually once a month.
That’s B as in billion, that’s more than 999 million: I don’t think anyone needs to tell them, they know they are rich.
Fortunately, their riches do not have to come with celebrity and they can still do normal things like going out to eat and attending social events.
I’ll bet that standing shrinks your peer group by quite a bit, huh? Do you think you would have to buy some friends just so you have someone to play with? The spouse still works BTW.
How about a little test then
Offline online, does it really even matter? And just like being rich (or not), how famous is enough? So famous you need an entourage to even go out in public? How fun would that be?
If the more famous I became, online or offline, gave me more credibility and Klout to do some good things for others, then that would be pretty cool.
What are you going to do with your internet fame?
PS – this might be the Whoomp, there it is post; I’m less than 20 from hitting 10,000 comments…who’s the big dog now, huh?…:)
By the time this is posted, I will be closing in on the 10,000 legitimate comment mark. However, I did want to share some comments not in those numbers; comments that never got to see the light of day. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on what your interests are I suppose, the porn related spam seems to have abated since it’s been awhile posting about butts and fingers. However, these weren’t quite ready for prime time either.
Evidently, I am a much, much bigger deal in the land of spam than among my living friends.
Maybe spam is like The Walking Dead, huh?
Spam gets a bad rap by the way, I remember carving it up as a kid and putting in the frying pan and turning it into a delicacy; I recall frying some bologna too. Ever have a mayonnaise sandwich? Hmmmm, about the only meat in a can I will eat these days would be tuna or salmon if you can consider fish a meat.
Drum roll please, now you see light…
Me, a webmaster? Really? They must be thinking of someone else who looks like me.
See, I’m sure I told you the story that my father thought I was so bright he called me sun; shine on…
Been amazed to me? Me too I suppose; should I tell him/her you are welcome?
Has anyone ever subscribed to your augment? That might be a first for me; I hope they got what they wanted.
Yes, I’m not sure what post they were referring too, but I do have some legitimate factors.
Now wait, if they are going to contact me should I hold off dropping them an e-mail?
Yikes, since I normally don’t have a topic I wonder when and if I will be able to let them know?
God Bless you too sir; I’m glad your hunt is over.
I’m not sure what I would suggest about my submit; probably the same as my augment.
Not brussels sprouts I hope. See, people can find me on Google.
Groovy beat man; and now I have an apprentice. Looks like I helped them just enough.
See, some of you probably thought I was just a big goofus in here, but just by reading these replies you can see I really am somebody and have quite the following.
What kind of spam numbers do you get? Do you ever take the time to actually read them. I would say their English didn’t seem to be too good, but I have friends who talk like that all the time. Who am I to judge?
Have a great day.
I am on a roll at work and not about to take my eye off the ball right now. While I haven’t had any walk off home runs this year, I have had some nice hits so far and there is still plenty on the table for me to eat. And we all know fat boy gotsta eat…
This has made me an online spectator lately; almost exclusively, but maybe that has been me all along anyway.
I was really never that good to begin with. Oh, there was a day I could ‘just show up,’ with the best of them because that is what I can do oh so well and it generated plenty of activity; but it really wasn’t sustainable and the only hey look at me list I was making was the ‘nice guy’ list. And you know where they finish, right?
That’s not a bad thing though, because if I would have really blown up and been the next big thing and had all these people clamoring for me to co-host a site or a weekly column or anything with a set schedule, I might have disappointed them. I still find it difficult to even do a guest-post, as I still have several requests on the table.
But I really do have game, just ask me…:).
Then why do you need an assistant?
Because I like playing in this game. I like meeting people and learning from each and everyone of them.
I have been around long enough to know most of what you are supposed to be doing if you want to be considered somebody in here; but I am also socially lazy, just show up = very little heavy lifting.
If I had an assistant, they could make sure I have just the right amount of presence on all the appropriate platforms; they could schedule when and where I need to show up and make sure I say just the right thing, and they could make me look good. And lord knows I need all of the help I can get there.
But that wouldn’t be real.
Real enough, and it would keep me engaged.
But since my wife wants absolutely no part of this job, I guess anybody else would want to be paid, huh?
Can’t you do it for me just because you like me and I really am a ‘nice guy?’
Because of my lack of presence lately I can already see the drop off, but my concern is when do I actually become totally irrelevant? The flip side I suppose, why should I care if I’m not making any money at this gig anyway. I guess it’s because I like to succeed regardless if I’m getting paid or not.
You ham bone Dorman, you just like the attention.
Do you know what time it is?
It’s not Howdy Doody time, which was before my time BTW, it’s my blogging anniversary. March 4, 2013 is officially my 2-yr mark. I guess that makes me a survivor; a survivor of what I’m not sure, but here I am still crying out in the wilderness.
I would like to mention a few people who were actually around those early days and somehow, someway, are still around now. I know, I can’t believe it either.
My very first effort was titled This is it? Really? I was pretty nervous when I finally hit the publish button. It opened the flood gates, I had a crowd of one show up. I rolled out the Invisible Blogger moniker because as a recreational blogger I did not expect to gain much traction at all.
At my current pace it looks like we might see that guy again soon, if he’s not already here.
My dear friend Lori Gosselin from Life, For Instance was one of the first and showed up on my I used to be a Twitter Ho post for 3/13/11. We were thick as thieves for a very long time and then life got in the way for both of us. We still know where to find each other and I’m glad I can still call her a friend.
If anyone deserves a medal, it’s Carolyn Nicander Mohr from @WonderofTech; she showed up on March 28, 2011 and has been here ever since. She is always so supportive and gives me way more credit than I deserve, but probably one of the main reasons I find blogging worthwhile. Also, because she’s a member of the Florida Bar, that means she has some Florida Cracker in her too…:).
Finally, on April 12, 2011, one month into this gig, I had @MarkHarai, @TheJackB, @BarrettRossie and @AdrienneSmith arrive. Barrett and Mark had a little bump in the road along the way similar to what I am experiencing now, but I can count on those two clowns to still show up on a pretty regular basis.
And I would be remiss if I failed to mention the incomparable everyone’s best friend Ms Gini D, who I
blame give credit to for getting me into this; she showed her lovely face on April 12th too.
What have you learned?
Well, if comments were money I might have been able to buy a Venti Redeye at Starbucks. Actually, I was hoping to hit the 10,000 comment mark on my anniversary and I’m only 101 shy, but it appears we might have to wait a few posts to hit that milestone.
I learned whereas we might take some of this stuff pretty seriously, most of it doesn’t mean squat in the big scheme of things. I say, just keep your head down and do the best you can and let everything else just take care of itself.
I have many, many more dear friends I have acquired along the way, but this post was reserved for the earliest and the longest in tenure.
This just goes to show you if a knucklehead like me can do it, it can be done.
I will end by saying, “I’m still standing” and in the world of ever changing social, that should be good for something I suppose. At least one ‘attaboy award,’ right?
Thanks for riding shotgun, I have enjoyed the ride.
Have you ever walked into an appointment naked? Would you be surprised if I told you I have? Be different, stand out, right?
A little history
In my world of commercial insurance, you (our agency) have to be appointed by the insurance company before you can represent them and sell their products. Whereas Lanier Upshaw, Inc represents most of the major players, there are one or two we don’t have access to. Which is par for the course, because if you represent a carrier they are going to want a certain amount of business and with so many mouths to feed you have to draw the line somewhere.
Because of this, you might do all the leg work and have the opportunity to work on a really great account only to find out they are already with the carrier you represent and their business is so specialized there is only one other viable market out there and guess what? You don’t represent them…….
Well, that sucks.
When I say viable, I mean not only do we have to be able to put all the proper coverages in place, it has to be somewhat affordable as well. I can find coverage for just about anything, but it might come with a scary price tag if I don’t have the right market for it.
What can be that specialized?
Actually, quite a few risks, but this one in particular builds launch towers at Cape Canaveral as one part of their scope of operations.
Two words that will send traditional underwriters running for the hills are NASA and nuclear. If your prospect does anything with either, then your market selection just became very, very narrow.
Why did you chase this account then?
One of my customers does some steel work for them so I could at least use their name to get me in the door. It was then I found out the extent of their operations and the very limited market availability.
But by then, we already had a couple of meetings and they had supplied quite a bit of information for me. And oh yeah, they are located an hour and a half away from my office.
And guess what? They had been with the market we don’t represent but recently switched to the one we did. Therefore, I did not have a single viable option for them in terms of comparison.
It would have been very easy to call them and say “sorry for wasting your time, but we don’t have anything.”
Business owners hate that. The whole insurance process is already distasteful and the fact they let you in the door they are expecting you to come up with something.
What did you do?
I left my clothes in the car. I had absolutely nothing to offer other than myself so they might as well see my fat white ass in all its glory, huh? It sure is cold in here…
Actually, I knew they had a long term relationship with their broker and it would be tough to break this relationship but I essentially had nothing to lose. I made the appointment and went over with
nothing a proposal that was a duplicate of what they already had with the company we represent and advised them if they want to do business with me, they would have to fire their guy and give me the keys to the car before I walk out the door.
Pretty bold, huh?
Well, it didn’t go down exactly like that, but pretty close. They were somewhat shocked when they opened the proposal and it had no pricing, and then I commenced to tell them my plan. We had some good give and take and some good questions were asked and it turned out to be a very informative meeting.
Sounds like a waste of time, what did you learn?
First of all, my ploy did not work; they had no reason to fire their guy and me coming in bare did not help, regardless of what I had to say.
But here is what I did learn:
Were you really naked?
Kind of as I did not have one thing to offer other than myself. But one thing I have been taught to do is when it looks like your sales call is going absolutely nowhere and you have nothing to lose, just drop your drawers…kidding of course. What I enjoy is going into low risk practicing and I might ask the darnedest thing that has nothing to do with our meeting. This too will get some interesting dialogue; try it sometime, what do you have to lose at that point, right?
We’re going streaking; everyone is doing it…
No, I’m not talking about going all the way back to 6th grade so you can change the outcome when you totally dorked it up as you attempted your first real kiss opportunity. I’m talking about your blog; I know some of you elder statesmen are a little longer in tooth in blog years, but most of us have only been in this arena for a few years at best….and it still feels like a lifetime….
I’m going to let you in on a little secret as I rapidly approach my 2 year anniversary as a blogger; even though it might not appear so, I have learned plenty during my time in here and can say I know how the game is played. But I also know how the game of golf and baseball are played too, and this doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to find me inside the ropes playing with the pros however.
I thought a blog was your ticket to the dance, so I got one. And I actually danced; it might have been the jitterbug, but I was dancing.
But you still have the same haircut and clothes you did from two years ago. They should come back in style eventually, huh? As long as I can still get in the door I should be ok, right? I just hate it when these A-listers keep asking me to park their car.
If nothing else, I have been consistent. Is that worth anything in social currency?
There are many things I could have been smarter about and have had plenty of encouragement and suggestions to make this journey easier and more successful. But if I could turn back the clock would I do anything differently?
Knowing what I know now….probably not. The whole process and the people I met along the way are something I wouldn’t change at all.
When I started in Twitter three years ago the economy was scraping bottom and a lot of people thought social would be the ticket to be their own boss and make some crazy money. I mean, it’s the internet after all, right; what is Facebook worth?
With the crowd I initially jumped in with, it appeared every one was successful and just having a grand ol’ time. The reality was almost every one was working their asses off and weren’t making enough money to buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks. I was somewhat disillusioned with this discovery, but also naive thinking social was an either or proposition.
Social is just a tool, that has many, many applications. It does not have to be the be all end all. Some are successful with the be all end all premise, but percentage-wise it is a very small number indeed. The others who are using the social platforms as a supplement seem to at least have options and can use it as much or as little as need be.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all in, hence the continued but somewhat sporadic presence of the Invisible one.
Do you like analogies?
Ok, I was intrigued when I first jumped in because it did appear to be a relatively easy and fun way to maybe at least supplement your income. And it still can be…..but easy is somewhat of a misnomer.
I have been very fortunate to have a
paying gig career that suits my personality very well, but to be successful, it too requires hard work and paying attention to detail. If I start chasing rabbits down the social hole, is it diverting attention away from my bread and butter?
Have you heard the expression time suck, yet?
I’m really a simple guy, it does not take much to amuse me; I do a good job of being comfortable in my own skin and satisfied with what I have in my life. So here’s my analogy; I like to network and social provided a global platform for me to do so. I also like to golf, but have no aspirations of becoming a professional. I also like to write which blogging allows me to do so AND interact with others.
Can’t that be good enough?
People ask why am I doing this if I have no end game in mind; like, what’s the point? I suppose the same reason I play golf, I enjoy it.
If I get too serious about this social stuff, then I have to pay attention, commit, show up for work everyday and I’m already doing that in my day job; which I like BTW. That doesn’t make me the The Biggest Loser, does it?
I’m sorry Gini as it appears you missed the mark in your assessment of me and I will not become the next A-lister, but I am a survivor. I do appreciate you letting me have the first dance however.
And even though I will never be invited to speak at Social Slam, I know most of the people there and suppose if that was my end game I could make it happen.
What’s the point?
I have my ticket and it doesn’t expire; I might not be down on the field playing, but social is still enough of a fan-friendly sport it provides the opportunity to get to know all of the players. And by being in the arena it gives me the opportunity to see what is working for others. Just like golf, I can emulate what I want and still enjoy the game.
So, for now I will be retaining my amateur status in social while keeping my ‘pro’ card with my day job. That doesn’t mean I won’t grow from here, but it’s definitely going to be on my terms and I’m ok with that.
If you could turn back the clock on your blogging and social journey, would you do anything different?
Can you even feed yourself on 99 cents a story?
Now 50 cent seems to have figured it out. If you read my previous post where I strongly suggested my Triberr reach of 26 mil plus each send me 25 cents, then I might be on to something too, huh?
What is rich, do you know? Do you think basketball player LeBron James is rich? If he’s rich then what does that make the guy who signs his paycheck?
Is it all relative? What is your number? They say a million dollars isn’t what it used to be; who would still like to have a million dollars?
I will bet that would buy you some new friends.
What’s your point?
What? Like I have to have one? Last time I checked this was still my post; well, me and WordPress and since it’s free they can probably pull the plug any time I suppose.
While I am still waiting for that BFO (blinding flash of the obvious) on who and what I want to be when I grow up, I’m just trying to be a sponge and absorb and learn what I can along the way.
As long as I am willing to learn then I should able to keep growing…of course now I’m growing out instead of up these days, but who wants to grow up anyway, right?
What I’m getting at is, if none of you are going to let me ride your coattails to fame and fortune then apparently I am going to have to figure it out myself. Being the ‘just show up’ guy, Houston, we have a problem.
Be patient, I’m getting there.
This weekend as I was reading a reply from Mr Extremely Average Brian Meeks, he was contemplating publishing a short story he had shared with me. Don’t tell him, but I changed the title and already published it under my name……….:).
He was going to go the 99 cent route too.
As the ‘just show up’ guy, maybe it’s a sign; just let it be known all who have offered suggestions on my journey it has been appreciated even if I haven’t implemented
any some of them.
I can do that too
Trust me, I will not be the early adopter on anything. I’m curious, but it’s just not in my nature to be leading the charge most of the time.
Therefore, I’m thinking this 99 cent gig can certainly allow low risk practicing in my quest to decide which fork in the road I want to take; even if my mother ends up being the only one purchasing a story.
Business or personal? What floats your boat?
I know many in here are much more prolific writers than I, so talk to me, who is actively doing this and what kind of results have you seen?
Are you driving a Bentley yet?
Pamela Fagan Hutchins, what say you?
Is it even worth the effort or should I just blog?
The main reason I’m considering this certainly isn’t for the money, but to be more disciplined in my writing efforts and give it a purpose.
Whadda ya think, can you get rich on 99 cents a story?
Just a simple blog; hopefully readable, easy to engage and share your thoughts.