mirjanan

Making Time for the Limelight Community

Blog Post created by mirjanan on May 13, 2015

Ok, I'll admit it, I am one of those people who continues to struggle with finding time to connect to amazing communities like this one at Limelight. I am sadly in the same rut when it comes to connecting to my personal community on Facebook, and please don't remind me of the myriad other amazing social media that I am missing out on! I know, and I hate myself for it. Ok, hate is not quite the word, but I am painfully aware of how I need to get myself in check, before I fall out of check with all these critical touch points.

 

My biggest problem is that I would still much rather brainstorm over breakfast, lunch dinner, or a walk in the park! I love human connection in the true human, face to face sense, and I have struggled to find my voice in front of a computer screen. So what's a girl to do? She sets up a face to face breakfast brainstorm with Limelight's very own Jason Thiebault! Yes, I was the lucky girl who got to chat with Jason yesterday morning, as he was in NYC for a conference. He is becoming quite the influencer on the lecture circuit, and it was great to catch up in person! And given that his book, co-authored with Kirby Wadsworth, "Recommend This! Delivering Digital Experiences that People Want to Share," has become one of my digital media bibles, I thought it might be worth asking Jason how I can make a seismic shift, because at this point I need a tidal wave idea to launch me ahead of the game, or at least into the game.

 

Well, Jason's sage advice, much like the advice in his book, is simple, yet profound. Just make time!  Ah, yes, wise digital guru, that's exactly what I must do! And how right he is! As difficult as it may seem to find the time in my already over-saturated schedule, I know this is the only solution. There is so much to be gained from this fertile community in particular, and I have been missing out for far too long!

 

Jason recommended that before I get stuck in the muck of emails and the ever-growing to-do list, I should check in with the communities that are important to me and connect and slowly find my rhythm. And so that's what I did at 6am this morning, but before I could finish this blog post, I got side-tracked. So here I am 12 hrs later finishing my thought, but you know what? It feels great! Rather than beat myself up for not having blurted my thoughts out quickly, I am appreciating the excitement I felt throughout the day about getting back to my thoughts and sharing them with all of you. Is that totally corny?! Maybe, but it's true and it's a feeling I hope will come back as I set out on this new journey to connect at least once a day, every day!

 

I want to thank everyone who has contributed to making the Limelight Community such an interesting and informative playground of ideas, and I truly hope I can do my part to bring interesting insights to all of you. Hmm, I wonder what my morning cup of coffee will inspire tomorrow? I'm excited to find out!!

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