The Social Media Effect

We all love and use social media to some degree, but where do you draw the line?

Last night was Opening Night of the NBA so this morning I listened to some sports talk radio on my way into work.  While listening, an aspect of today’s society came up which led to a discussion about social media has us obsessed with taking pictures of our food, and how receiving an actual phone call triggers a panic that we assume automatically comes with bad news attached.

The host of the show I was listening to continued on how his children get upset when he says, no phones allowed at the dinner table.  He also mentioned and admitted to how obsessed they are with posting pictures of their food on Instagram whenever they dine out at restaurants.

I will agree and say that social media has somewhat created the “Look at me and what I’m doing or where I am” generation.

The host also mentioned how social media gives everyone a sense of entitlement and increases everyone’s urge and desire to be seen.  Today, there are so many different platforms to use (i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, etc.) that being seen is so much easier than its ever been. He actually continued on and brought up a good point which I agree with 100%.  It’s like today, no one talks face-to-face anymore; especially when it comes to Facebook.

Whatever happened to just telling someone in person that you love them?  Nowadays it’s like a person’s words doesn’t carry any weight unless it’s posted on Facebook for the public to see.  It’s actually pretty sad how disagreements and fights derive from things posted on social media; which now is the standard way of communicating.

Hearing them talk about this on the radio for the few minutes, just reiterated how times have dramatically changed and may not necessarily be for the better. People are so consumed with their devices nowadays that some forget to be in the moment, which to me is more important than fulfilling the need to contribute to a social media timeline.

Identify Your Audience

Learning the Fundamentals | Day 4

Identify Your Audience

In today’s post, my goal is to identify the “ideal” reader.  Identifying my potential audience will help me fine-tune my focus and increase engagement with my readers.

Q. What kind of reader do you think your blog will attract?

The goal is for my website is to not only attract extroverted-introverts, but to also attract various personality types.  When its all said and done, the ideal reader of this site wil be the kind of person that appreciates quality over quantity.

Q. What do you want them to see?

I want my readers to see me for who I am. God gave us all unique personalities, it’s who we are.  My goal with this blog is to share the everyday me.  Some of you will be able to relate, and some won’t. Some will find humor in my writing, some will want to point out all the grammatical errors and some will really appreciate my writing, realism, and honesty.

We all have a story to tell.  Sometimes the stories are good, sometimes they’re bad.  The key to holding it all together is learning from all experiences and making the best out of the cards you’re dealt.  We only have one life to live so we might as well enjoy it while we’re here. ✌🏽

Update Title and Tagline

Learning The Fundamentals | Day 2

Update Title and Tagline

Today’s assignment is to update the title and tagline for my site.  I don’t know why but for whatever reason my site/blog has been active for a decent amount of time now and I still haven’t settled on a title/tagline.  I’ve made so many changes since the initial creation that it is driving me nuts.  What’s even worse is that I started this course back in October of last year and I’m just now getting back into it.  I started the course with the right mindset but eventually slacked off and here I am today, picking up where I left off.

I don’t want to waste time here listing all the names and slogans that have come and gone because that would be a long list.  The one title that I did create, I liked it for a while.  The Social Introvert seemed fitting and I could easily identify myself with it.  It was personal and described part of who I am.  I liked it some much that I attempted to use it as branding for my Podcast, YouTube Channel, Twitter, and Instagram account.  Not sure exactly at what point I decided to move on from that title, but I did.  The brain-storm hit and here I am, back to square one.

I think the main reason why I shied away from using The Social Introvert was I could decide on a logo.  As much as the title fit my personality, I found myself not be able to settle on a logo design that would do the same.

The cover design for my podcast is simple.  I’m somewhat of a minimalist.  I like things clean and uniform.  But there’s also the creative side of me that felt like this design could be boring and only appeal to like-minded introverts.  I mean, obviously that’s the point right, is to attract a “like-minded” audience, however, I don’t want to create a limitation.  I want my existence through all social media platforms to show that introverts can be social too.   Hey, maybe I should just use that as my tagline?

Well, I just changed my site title and tagline back to The Social Introvert.  Maybe its time for a second go at the logo design.

Who am I and Why am I Here?

Learning The Fundamentals | Day 1

Who am I and Why am I Here?

In an attempt to start this blogazine off on the right foot, I took a look at some of the courses provided by WordPress Blogging University.  I didn’t want to overindulge starting out, but I was still excited to learn more so to start out I chose a few of their Beginner courses.  Here are the beginner courses I choose.

  • Blogging: Fundamentals
  • Photography: Developing Your Eye I

There are several more to choose from, but I figured these two would be good for starters.

My name Michael, but my family and friends call me either Mike or MJ. I’m an African-American male that grew up in a small town in New Jersey. I survived the odds of being trapped in a world that’s surrounded by drugs, alcohol, domestic violence, drive-by shootings, murders, theft, bullying, poverty and just about any other negative thing one could think of. Now don’t get me wrong, outside of that small town, there are some great places that make New Jersey a great state! But like most states, it has its good neighborhoods and it has its bad.

I lived in New Jersey until I graduated high school. I got a full athletic scholarship which led me to a college in upstate New York, where I lived on campus my freshman and sophomore year. After the fall semester of my sophomore year I ended up transferring and back to New Jersey, I went. After college, I remained in the Tri-State area for a few years until I decided to move to California about 8 years ago. Growing up in the fast-paced New York/New Jersey area highly influenced my life in so many different ways, that I’ll save all those details for another post. Although I miss that lifestyle, California is a very large state that offers slow pace, fast pace, and everything in between; so I kinda get the best of both worlds.

Being 3,000 miles away from family and friends can be depressing at times. However, every time the sun shines brightly on a scorching hot day in the middle of December, I’m reminded that I’d much rather be enjoying California’s fun-in-the-sun laid-back lifestyle rather than preparing for winter storms and shoveling snow. Being so far away from family and friends, availability starts to play a role in staying connected and being in a different time zone doesn’t always help either. Being 3-hrs behind has its advantages and disadvantages but for the most part, in order to stay connected, the timing has to be just right.

So I started blogging because sometimes I just need to vent. I’ve always had a creative, wondering mind and when ideas and/or random thoughts come up, finding the right person to talk to just sometimes isn’t there. As a kid, I always liked creative writing and as I got older the idea of blogging always seemed to bring me peace. Most of the time I would keep my post private because it was more of a space for me to just write, decompress and express whatever was on my mind. In today’s world where sharing and connecting are a part of everyday life, especially when it comes to social media, I just needed to find a social outlet that I was comfortable with sharing things that some might consider personal and private.

I user Facebook, Twitter and Instagram like everyone else in this world but its something about the more popular social media sites that make me feel like their over stimulating in sharing and invasive (to an extent). In my opinion, social media has grown into something superficial and gives people looking for attention a public platform to indirectly say, “Look at me!”, “Look at what I’m doing!” or “Look at where I’m at!”.

I’ve always looked at social media as a platform to share opinions, thoughts, and precious moments with family and friends (which it still is); nowadays, it’s so not that. Reading is still a lost art to some and in a society that has an attention span 8 secs long. That’s why I like blogging. Whether you have a personal blog, are a startup company, a small business owner launching a website or an artist using this platform as your way of sharing your content, blogging feels like a “less” superficial more personal way to entertain readers and connect with different audiences.

Some may like what I post, some may not. Some may find me boring and some may find me interesting. But that’s the glory in blogging and not knowing…you never know who your words may touch and the impact a post may have on someone’s life.