Zombies, Self Defeat and Consequence. And other social media DOHs.

November 3, 2012

Zombies, Defeat and Consequence.

And other social media DOHs.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Moby, Natural Blues

Self Defeat

Something is not going where you want it to go. Not fast enough.

It’s not taking you where you expected to get.

Social Media. Blogging. Your job. Your relationships. Whatever.

You have dreams and vision, but the long road of hope smells like fingers – as Bill Dorman has said.

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Are we blogging yet? Confessions of a WordPress Creep. Part 1.

October 31, 2012

Are we blogging yet?

Confessions of just another WordPress creep.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Characters

Bill Dorman seems ready to throw in the social media towel. He seems to be asking, What’s the point? Of blogging.

Jack Steiner might suggest that there is no point, he writes because he must. Is he also saying, don’t write – if the words do not demand to be written?

John Magnet Bell labors over the hors d’oeuvres – obsessed with bite-size, tasty, ornamental metaphors that might possibly excite, titillate, and arouse you. To start your novel.

Myself – just another online… creep seeking beauty in myself, in others, and out there in the world.

More importantly, I am just another creep who uses more snark than is necessary, who stumbles and falls face-flat over the minefields of irony, happy facing, and ambiguity, and who unabashedly embarrasses himself in reiterations of a persistent and spectacularly naive (gawdy?) sincerity.

Radiohead, Creep

Plot

The four named characters have each publicly expressed a strong and compelling desire to write and publish separate novels that search for answers, coherence, and lucidity about each’s individual destiny, soul and experience. They consider that blogging and social media may serve this ambition (and other ambitions). None, however, are truly intoxicated by blogging. None blog in innocence – the kind of innocence that publishes every blog post with a bloody smile (to borrow an expression from Milan Kundera).

They have yet to apprehend the art of the blog (let alone the novel) nor do they own the blog post like a rodeo star who rides an incensed bull to the cheers of the audience. Like everyone else (A-listers included), they are caught up in the mad toss of rushing streams that come and go like flash floods. And in the absence of torrential rainfall, there is always despair, doubt and/or the fateful walking in ellipses – as apparent servants to an unfortunate Euclidian Geometry (not as masters of their own fate).

Questions

What is blogging? Is it art (the 21st century’s answer to the novel) or flimsy counterfeit (21st Century Kitsch)?

This question, above all, promises to release our characters and, perhaps, millions from the tyranny of unforgiving axes – major and minor. 

Is a blog lyrical, epic or both?

The lyrical is self-revelation. The epic is a discovery of the self in the contents contained out there in the world.

Does blogging serve Destiny?

The thing for which we are but shadows; that divine form which is ourselves, perfectly, and reminds us that, today, we are incomplete, unfinished and paltry.

If you, yourself, are a blogger, can you answer these intimate questions in a manner that speaks to Beauty and consoles (or uplifts) the human heart? If so (or not), I welcome your answers and contribution in the comments.

Stan Faryna
31 October 2012
Bucharest, Romania

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Are You Epic or Epidemic or [bleep]? And other social media DOHs

October 30, 2012

Are You Epic or Epidemic or Just Talking to Yourself?

And other social media DOHs!

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

A lot of people talk to themselves. Twitter helped that along more than anything I know. But blogging is right up there. And, duh, social media in general.

If anything proved The Dunning-Kruger Effect, it was Twitter and, maybe, Justin Bieber. So the last laugh is on Dunning and Kruger because they never saw that coming. Or recognized it – after the train came and went.

Where was I?

Oh yeah – talking to yourself in public is now socially acceptable behavior. Corporations and brands are doing it too!

Isn’t that crazy?!

Ingrid Michaelson, The Way I Am

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It’s getting kinda hectic – episode ten of an epic sci fi story

October 24, 2012

A science fiction story about the end of the world, love, money, blogging, technology, and everything else.

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Episode One: The heart of a hero
Episode Two: Love hurts
Episode Three: God speed your love
Episode Four: Two hands ain’t good enough
Episode Five: Part One: Rape of the Sabine Women
Episode Five: Part Two: Rape of the Sabine Women
Episode Six: Everything counts in large amounts
Episode Seven: Love Never Fails
Episode Eight: Princes of the Universe
Episode Nine: Technobohemian Dreams

Episodes and/or related writing are published on this blog – most Mondays and Wednesdays. Please subscribe to this blog to get a reminder when the next episode is published.

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Snap, The Power

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The Book of Carrot

Book One: Principal Virtues

Chapter One: Love is a battlefield

Episode Ten: It’s getting kinda hectic!

Audience: Adult

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Rape of the Sabine Women (OR Zombie Apocalypse!): Episode 5.2

October 4, 2012

A science fiction story about the end of the world, love, zombies, money, business, blogging, and everything else.

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Episode One: The heart of a hero
Episode Two: Love hurts
Episode Three: God speed your love
Episode Four: Two hands ain’t good enough
Episode Five: Part One

Episodes and/or related writing are published on this blog – most Mondays and Wednesdays. Please subscribe to this blog to get a reminder when the next episode is published. Subscriptions are free.

Vanilla Ice, Ice Ice Baby

An incomplete picture of Picasso's Rape of the Sabine Women

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The Book of Carrot

Book One: Principal Virtues

Chapter One: Love is a battlefield

Episode Five: Part Two: Rape of the Sabine Women

Audience: Adult

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The future of blogging is hot magenta. And other social media DOHs.

September 28, 2012

The future of blogging is hot magenta (aka fuchsia).

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

The future of blogging is hot magenta.

What the heck does that mean?!

The future of blogging is all about unlocking your potential (and mine), building consensus and driving positive change in our world – that includes you, me, and, maybe, everyone else.

The future of blogging is hot magenta.

It is an inexhaustible mission and opportunity.

The future of blogging is hot magenta.

That doesn’t mean blogging is easy.

Or that you’ll conquer the world, dethrone tyrants and oligarchs, or make money.

Or hit the ball out of the park – one out of 100 times. Or one out of 1000.

But anyone who says that blogging is dead or dying, they are lacking.

That doesn’t mean the question shouldn’t be asked – every so often.

But those who rush to the answer that blogging is dead, you will know that they have no heart. Nor hope. Nor do they love.

Know that they lack the heart to be the hero, the leader, the brother (or sistah) and the good neighbor… that each of us is meant to be.

Stan Faryna
28 September 2012
Bucharest, Romania

Postscript

Thanks to Jayme Soulati and Jon Buscali for inspiring this blog post. Listen to the podcast that inspired my thoughts here, here.


Why You Won’t Stop Blogging or Doing Social Media!

February 7, 2012

Why You Won’t Stop Blogging or Doing Social Media! And other social media DOHs

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

M.A.S.H. Theme song (1970)

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Blog Soup 01.23.2012 Crack that whip! And other social media DOHs

January 23, 2012

blog soup 01.23.2012

Crack that whip! And other social media DOHs.

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Devo, Whip It!

1. Bloggers On Pedestals Revisited by Jayme Soulati

Jayme Soulati reminds us that it’s not easy being on a pedestal.

Jayme also gives a warm and friendly shout out to her favorite bloggers’ bloggers: Mark Schaefer (@markwschaefer), Gini Dietrich (@ginidietrich), Jay Baer (@jaybear), Danny Brown, (@dannybrown) and Marcus Sheridan (@thesaleslion). Read the rest of this entry »


Do you describe yourself as a social media [xxx]? Really?!

January 14, 2012

Do you describe yourself as a social media [fill in the blank]?!

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Who are you?

There was much reflection as 2011 came to a close. There was much anticipation about 2012. It happens every year.

Most hope to do better – however they imagined better to be. For some, the reflections continue. Bill Dorman, for example, has been going deep. Jack Steiner always asks the right questions – even if those questions make us uncomfortable.

Doing better means that you really do know some of the things that you did wrong. Some. But, maybe, more than just some. [grin]

Also, knowing that some of your most killer ideas, expectations, and efforts were totally wrong, misguided, and/or dumb. Or wrong for you.

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Blog Soup 2011.11.05 Sign of Noah, Social Media, and Business as Usual

November 5, 2011

Blog Soup

by Stan Faryna

Stan Faryna

Blog Soup 2011.11.05. Sign of Noah, Social Media, and Business as Usual

Jack Steiner says that things aren’t any worse or better than they ever were. Keep the course, I suppose. Only those that hear the music are in danger of the blood thirsty mermaids that swarm around the hull with irresistible siren songs.

Triberr is on full manual. You’ll need to approve each tweet from your tribe members – if you want them to keep loving on you. I’ll be repeating this message for a few more blog soups for the obvious reasons. [grin]

I read a lot of blogs. Maybe, too many. I comment on a lot of blog posts. Maybe, too many. If you are a Triberrati, you do too.

A Triberrati is a blogger that stands out in the Triberr community. Triberr is a web app that connects bloggers and helps them to curate each other on Twitter. You can learn all about Triberr by reading any of the following posts about it.

1. James St. JohnTriberr: They Want To Change The World

2. Yomar LopezHow Triberr Changes The Competitive Landscape

3. Neicole CrepeauFriday Fives: Tips For Using Triberr

Gary Portnoy, Where everybody knows your name (Cheers theme song)

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