We are all familiar with the popularity contests of high school. The idea of becoming homecoming queen or the student council president scared me as a teen, as neither were my thing. I was more quiet and into other pursuits. What is funny is now, some twenty years later, I find myself in Internet marketing and social media. What is even funnier is the fact that I didn’t gasp at the idea of Mashable’s Open Web Awards Social Media Edition popularity contest. Instead, I’d love to be nominated or win. What the heck happened to me?
Maybe I grew up or morphed into someone else. I can say my fellow high school classmates saw a new me at our twentieth class reunion. I was more outgoing, hugged everyone, and was much more “out there” than I ever was back in school. I think a major part of this is due to my profession and my persona on the Internet.
I developed this persona back in my ERP software days and have continued it now that I run my own Internet marketing company. A few years ago someone who knew me through my blog approached me at a conference. While this didn’t alarm me then, it does now. Again, didn’t want to be the queen of high school, so why do I have this urge to be the bell of the Internet? Technology. I love it and cannot get enough of it.
I love technology so much that the idea of a popularity contest intrigues me and does not haunt me. I even voted for @puremichigan and @shitmydadsays as the best social media campaign and funniest tweets. So I have changed and I think for the better. The Internet has blessed me in many ways and I think this very personal change is just an example of why I’m attached to my Mac and my wi-fi.