I have not written a blog entry in a couple months. To tell you the truth, I struggle with blogging. I consider myself a private person in many aspects of my life. It is funny that my role at work is forcing me to be more 'social' than I would normally be. I like people, don't get me wrong, but the social web takes social skills.
Anyone who knows me knows I can talk one on one. Once I get started, it is hard to shut me up. But in crowds I tend to like to move to the back and observe.
It is funny, when I go to my parents house with my wife and kids, my wife and parents dominate the conversation. I do try to get a word in edge wise, but I find myself out quickly. Part of that is because my Father and Wife just interrupt me. So I have become used to it. I actually leave the room and play with my kids and my sister's kids like a big kid myself.
I started to think about the reason, and I found that the conversation actually does not interest me. They talk about 'so and so' over here, and that person over there, typically called gossiping, which I do not like to do (and the Bible, since I am a Christian, actually discourages it).
So relating that to the 'social web', one can very quickly find that if you are in the wrong community, you may not have much to say. Now, I have a lot to say about Web 2.0, Middleware, etc... so there are other things.
I look at social websites like Facebook. I have an account, with friends. They all post a lot of pictures, send virtual gifts, and other types of applications. I do not like these things too much. First off, I would much rather receive a real gift. Also, I don't like posting pictures of my family. I seem to think the web has a lot of security problems and the pictures wind up in some sick-o site. The status feature is interesting, except, do I want the world to know what I am doing. Though I enjoy reading what others are doing. I have found the scrabble app as cool, and I play a lot with my wife, so that is fun.
I like to share, I try to teach my kids this all the time. But do I want to share what I am doing, or where I am flying?
I think it comes down to is I like to interact with people face to face, I like being around people and listening to them more than talking, and I like to contribute what I know, but not every single thing I am doing. I also like to work in smaller groups of people.
But what about more 'private' people. Maybe they are read only members of the social web.
This is a rant I know, and I am going to post next on a technical topic. But isn't this what blogging is suppose to be about?
Anyway, it takes 'social' skills to be on the social web. This is something I have to work on I guess.