Social Networking. That’s what we call this stuff we do, right? We ponderate musings out into the very public forum that is the interwebs and people comment (or don’t) and that, in some way, is making us more connected. I get the idea behind it. But I must say I do not feel as though I’m very good at the Networking game.
I am a serial fanatic. Not just about music, celebrities and shows. Like, real life people too. I’m a fan of some of my best friends. Adoration is a forte I have mastered. I like it. I enjoy the unconditional love that comes from being a fan. In most cases you do it without expectation. At least that’s the way I do. I hope my encouragement will make them feel really great, and people who feel really great tend to like the people that make them feel that way.
But a fan, I fear, is not taken seriously. I mean how often do celebrities marry their fans? Huh? Not very often. I don’t fancy myself a sycophant by any means, but in some regard fanaticism places you below those you adore. No matter how genuine the gesture.
So here I am at age 30 with lots of dreams and just as many people I admire because they are doing those things.
And that’s where I’m stuck. How does one cross that line between “Your work is inspiring and amazing”, “Great job, Lovely”, & “I’m a supporter for realz, yo” to “Let’s collaborate” or even, “Can we
get together and talk shop sometime”
It sounds superbly easy when I write it down like that, but networking seems so sur-really difficult to me. I’m no wheeler and dealer. I have found that when thinking about all of my life goals I am always envisioning them alone. I don’t know how to ask for help/network to get there.
I’m on the precipice of a mind change and life alteration. Where I will allow myself to adore me just as much as those I’ve dubbed gold medalists at winning life. They are winning because they weren’t afraid to go outside themselves when need be. I don’t want to stand in the shadows of pedestals anymore. Owning my skills and talent and being confident that they are also medal worthy is imperative.
So I start here. I reach out to the amazing writers and heart pourer-outers of the pooping rainbows crew and say “Hey, you guys are amazing. You inspire me. Let’s collaborate. Whatya say?”