The rather clever Jasmin Tragas reminded me yesterday that even though it’s a new communication landscape, we bring to it our old, ingrained habits.
To wit: I often add pictures to my blog posts; usually these pictures are mashups of retro images and text, but every now and then I use pictures of attractive young women. Not without reason and to support a point I am making in that post, but they are young, attractive and female.
Jasmin pointed out that she very occasionally (i.e. hardly ever but at least once in a blue moon) forwards my emails on to higher/other management. Some of those images might not be wholly suitable for such distribution.
Because Jasmin works at IBM in a senior role that means other key people in the tech-comms world.
But I confess right here, right now, that the thought that someone would forward a post of mine to others simply never occurred to me. Honestly. Not even on my radar.
By letting me know that she occasionally does forward a post, Jasmin reminded me that even though this is a new communication landscape we still behave in ways that we are comfortable with.
So posts will still get forwarded, just like emails have been forwarded around the world since emails began.
And just as forwarded emails have the potential to attract all sorts of unwanted consequences, so too with forwarded posts.
Notes to self:
1. treat my readers with more respect
2. treat myself with more gravitas — sometimes being a ‘work from home office’ (step-)parent of teenagers, without the daily conversations with peers that an office-based role brings, means that your own self-esteem takes a hammering and you forget that other people might actually be interested in what you have to say
3. thank Jasmin publicly for taking the time and risk to contact me privately about it via Twitter
4. wish Jasmin a very happy 1st birthday for her WonderWebby blog
5. work harder at deserving to be on to her ‘wonderpeeps’ blogroll