Do You Have Any Hobbies?

A while ago I was asked if I had any hobbies.

The answer is yes, but for some reason I struggled to identify any. I think it’s because I don’t really consider myself “good” at any one thing.

I dabble.

I know bits and pieces of lots of different things.

I occasionally tinker with my car.

I pick up the guitar every few months.

I draw, occasionally.

I take photos.

I write.

I blog.

The list could go on and on, but one thing that is pretty regular is my interaction with social media.

I hadn’t really ever thought of it as a hobby, but I guess it is.

I tweet, like, share, pin, flip…

I spend a lot of time online.

And, not only do I do these things personally, but in my free time, I even manage social media for my church as the communications and marketing guy.

It’s something I love to do. I just never thought of it as a hobby.

Next time I’m asked that question I’ll know how to answer, but what about you? What are your hobbies?

There’s Power in a “Like”

If you thought Facebook was good, harmless, fun, think again. I read this story recently on Mashable.com: Man Assaults Wife for Not “Liking” His Facebook Update (http://mashable.com/2011/10/09/man-assaults-wife-facebook/).

Apparently you should think twice about liking, or not liking, someone’s posts. Consider this your warning.

It is interesting though, the amount of validation we can get and give through social media. There’s power in a good comment, a retweet, or a simple “like.” We probably SHOULD think twice about how we use these tools to encourage. It could make the difference.

Leaving a Wake of Social Media

I tried taking stock of all my social media profiles today and I realized that its really easy to get carried away. I like to participate in all the newest trends but in a short amount of time you can leave a wake of abandoned accounts without trying too hard. I'm sure I missed a few in my list but I was amazed at what I found. 

How many social media sites do you belong to? How many do you actively use?