You’ll always be known by your 80’s hairstyle and that bright pink mini-skirt
I’m a people watcher plain and simple. From the age of 15 I’ve always sat on a park bench off to one side and watched how people communicate with each other; both with the words they use and with the non-verbal body language.
An interesting twist however is how people communicate when the visual clues are removed – and here the blogging world is an interesting study.
I’ve found that the words people use to say something say far more about them than people realise. Language gives far more away about a persons emotional state, their upbringing, how they perceive their status in the eyes of their peers and what they think about themselves.
The words, and importantly the combination of words they use, shed light on their anxieties, fears, hopes and their internal mental-emotional state. By picking up on these clues you have an insight into their inner-world.
As people get older, their perspectives change – they feel the passing of the years and as they subconsciously look back on their life. It’s a natural process of getting older and starting to see the sprinklings of grey.
Often people try to reinvent themselves in someway – and an interesting example of this is a recent post by Scoble. Robert is a very popular blogger who, while he was at Microsoft, helped change the way that Microsoft deal with the outside world. Microsoft owe a large debt to his abilities and, personally, I feel that during his time there he led the revolution that brought us Microsoft 2.0. A major upgrade on the beast that was.
With the passing of the years Robert has moved onto pastures new and appears to be trying to develop more the creative side of his talents. Many of which you can see in the interviews he did on the MSDN Channel9 site.
The Internet – the blogging world in particular – is struggling with a thorny issue. The issue is one of reputation. People are inherently social animals and reputation matters. Usually reputation has bounds and is constrained; Fred has a reputation for people a great plumber, Angelo is known for his selfless energies spent with work in the society. This doesn’t mean that you would ask Fred his opinion on the best way to make puff-pastry.
But people look to bloggers to be experts in all domains. Why? Is it that blogs are seen as a social dialog or social status and as such unconsciously people see blogs as measures of success? Do blogs and the inherent linkage between them create a ‘nepotic’ or establish a network of cronyism?
The problem with trying to reinvent yourself in the current blog environment is that your previous fan-clan will always think of you as you were when they started following you – and you’ll always be known by your 80’s hairstyle and that bright pink mini-skirt.