A few weeks ago Gini and team asked me to fill in while she’s out writing a book or saving the world.
I suspect Gini calls it prioritizing.
I call it getting poor, defenseless bloggers to do your dirty work.
I wasn’t too excited about the gig.
I was going to do my usual song and dance that my cat is better at social media than you.
Everyone laughs. I feel like a good blogger. Everyone wins.
Then I found out I had the #FollowFriday spot. And the five stages of writing a #FollowFriday post began…
Stage One: Delight
Suddenly what was a drab post was an opportunity. A chance to share my secrets to staying ahead of the curve. No longer was I bound to being that “wacky” blogger with the stick figures.
Then I hit a roadblock.
Stage Two: Anxiety
I suspect many people would be delighted to have the #FollowFriday spot. These people are naive and believe in the good of the internet. They haven’t been jaded by social media campaigns reaching the unwashed masses.
Unfortunately, I am not one of those people.
To my own horror I realized I had no one I could recommend. No single person or entity that would inform or entertain the readers of Spin Sucks. My virtual life was over.
Stage Three: Realization
Suddenly it occurred to me that it didn’t matter if my recommendation was any good. I could recommend anyone. I could recommend my cat. I could recommend my other cat!
No one would care. It was my recommendation, and they didn’t have to take it. Or like it.
Stage Four: Corruption
Soon I had machinations and dreams of controlling the internet. I would give one person a perfect Klout score and thousands of new followers.
Their life would change as they went into Starbucks and everyone recognized them as this week’s #FollowFriday!
I was like an internet god.
Stage Five: Reality
Drunk with power, I realized this is a guest blog post, not the presidency. Only a fragment of the world would even follow whoever I recommended. Probably even less if it was my cat.
A boy can dream though, right?
So, Spin Sucks readers – if fate (or Gini Dietrich) gave you the Spin Sucks #FollowFriday platform, who would you recommend? Would you be corrupted by the power? Or go for something more sensible?