While I was fairly quick to sign up for Facebook and have had a Twitter account for several years, I think it's safe to say that I have not exactly embraced either. Until recently, I used Facebook mostly as a meeting calendar and Twitter was solely reserved for local news updates.
As for Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn (I actually had to google how to spell this one), Periscope and all the others; I've only just scratched the surface in terms of understanding. I either still don't have an account or just set one up around the same time as starting to actively write this blog.
I'm a social guy and I use technology at the office every day, so why didn't I embrace even the most basic of the social media tools until recently?
Additional confession time: I'm not the world's most knowledgeable blogger. In fact I have been referred to as a bit late to the table when it comes to jumping on the blog bandwagon.
While I wrote a number of posts for my wife's old blog in 2012, I think it was safe to say that I didn't really embrace the whole blogging universe. Until recently, I would read a few race recaps every once in awhile and might click the odd share on Facebook, but didn't really see the appeal.
I like to write and pre-children, was a fairly vivacious reader of all kinds of literature, so why didn't I embrace blogging until recently?
Revelation time: Like a modern day Sherlock Holmes, my keenly honed mind has deduced the direct correlation between my blogging and my interest in social media.
Much like peanut butter and jam, I suspect I'm somewhat ambivalent to social media and blogging on their own. I'll have some peanut butter toast every now and again and smear a dollop of strawberry jam on an English muffin the odd morning, but wouldn't consider either my go to.
However, when I made the decision to start blogging, I also made the conscious decision to become active on social media. When I did so, something truly incredible occurred.
Like peanut butter and jelly, on their own, I merely tolerated social media and blogging, but together they make the most delicious sandwich on the internet. The richness of the intellectual stimulation of blogging is accented by the engagement with other bloggers and readers through social media. A perfect mixture.
Reflection time: Looking back, it's easy to see why I'd kept dipping my finger into the peanut butter jar of the blogging universe every once in a while. It's also fairly obvious why I'd occasionally ask the waitress of social media to bring me another packet of jam for my Facebook toast.
While okay with each on their own, individually blogging and social media just weren't appealing enough to become a staple of my every day electronic diet. But now that I've had a taste of them together, I'm going to be a lot like a typical 10 year old who insists on PB&J sandwiches every day for lunch and insist my blogging is mixed with a healthy dose of social media.