I feel like I’ve been in a more opinionated mood recently, and I hope that is alright with you, my readers. I have a nice juicy “how to” post for next week though, so don’t fear!
Today I wanted to share with you, pun intended, why I share what I share through Twitter and my Fetching Friday posts.
Changing My Approach
The reason why is because I have become somewhat obsessed with the quality of what I give to the audience I have built. I know that in the past, I have shared things simply because someone was my friend and they asked, because I felt the need to reciprocate something of theirs for all they have shared of mine, or because I maybe just wanted to get on someone’s radar (yes, guilty as charged).
Now, I am taking the time to only share things that I really feel are essentially awesome.
It’s Not You, It’s Me
I don’t want anyone to think that just because I don’t share something it means it isn’t great. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to read every article that all of the blogs I follow write. Since I do have a massive number of blogs in my Google Reader, I end up with hundreds of unread items in the morning and the evenings when I take a spin through, so if the title doesn’t catch me, I might pass it by.
But when I do find an article that teaches me something new, gives me an “a-ha” moment, or is super, super thorough on the topic at hand, I share it.
What About Reciprocation
Awhile back, I wrote about whether people should expect reciprocation for things they do online. In essence, you should do everything you do, from sharing content to commenting, not because you want someone to return the favor, but because you want to share the content and feel compelled to comment.
There is a lot of talk about authenticity recently, and I feel that this is the core of authenticity. The core of everything you do should be because you believe in it and because you want to put your seal of approval behind it. Not because you feel like you have to because you’re in a part of a tribe or because someone asked in trade.
What Is Your Approach to Sharing
How do you determine what to share and what not to share?