When one is seen as connected with a large number of people a rather steady barrage of “Please Like” X, Y or Z comes into one’s FaceBook, Twitter and email inbox. After tossing all the obvious spam, there are even very close friends who will ask for me to pass on info. about a wide range of services, websites/FaceBook or other sites, shows and you-name-it stuff for wider distribution to those linked with me and my sites.
There is no way people don’t get their feelings hurt when they figure out I have not shared something they wanted me to share.
Sometimes it’s evangelistic in nature, or somebody wrote a book, created a record or someone’s child is deathly ill and in need of prayer. All sorts of people I truly love and respect as well as complete strangers add me to lists, or personal message me asking for me to re-send and alert those in my social media landscape.
Now none of this is a surprise to me, it makes perfect sense -and I honestly never get bugged -when they send such to me personally– as long as they don’t get their feelings hurt if and when I don’t reply to them directly and/or if they never see their request fulfilled via my websites.
There are countless reasons I don’t publicize stuff just as there are countless reasons others don’t see fit to publicize my stuff or things from other people I think worthy of such. Then again, I rarely ask others to let the whole world know -and unless FaceBook or another site does such automatically and I am not aware of it… well that didn’t come from me personally asking for it.
I’ve a lifetime of travels, acquaintances and close and closer friends all over the world many of whom contact me regularly. Cool!
After decades of recorded music, live shows, seminars, press interviews and massive amounts of blogging, tweets and FaceBook posts on a wide range of subjects you can imagine how intense it would be to respond to everyone…
I’ve lived most of my years in a large intentional community where the cool and amazing services on one hand and often downright desperate needs on the other are prayed over, worked on and responded to daily -and yet… and still… we can only do so much.
I don’t want my posts online to simply be a never-ending stream of advertisements and YOU REALLY MUST SEE AND RESPOND TO THIS to the extent ethics and issues I care deeply about take a back seat. I also think it good, even important to share plain old fun, creative and indeed “I’m just a guy, human, flawed, and here’s a slice of life, a bit of an experience, something you might relate to” and not always overtly mega-spiritual nor BUY INTO THIS posts.
When someone adds me to a group I didn’t ask to be added to I nearly always eventually leave it. There comes a point I have to steward my time, energy and even someone’s perception that I must REALLY DIG stuff I just don’t. The sheer volume of people contacting me for stuff is pretty deep, so please understand -or try to, what I’m saying here… I have a lot of energy but it’s not unlimited.
Did I mention my incredible wife, kids, grandkids and close community friends are my priorities? They are. Quiet time, hobby stuff… my own sense of serenity and care, all this figures into to what I respond to or pass along via my sites and social media interaction.
Even those I love and believe I need to support and share with the greater world only get a tweet or publicity when and as I have a sense I must do so. You’d be surprised at how much truly AMAZING stuff I don’t share because my life is more than an advert -and so is yours.
I apologize if this all sounds like whining, the fact is I simply want people to be aware so decided to put this info. into a blog post.
So that’s the deal -and as always 🙂 thanks for stopping by! -Glenn