It's easy to be a follower, not so easy to be a ‘followee’. I think this is because, quite frankly, you have to be interesting to be followed or even thought about by more than one person at any given moment. So I have decided to try, perhaps in vain, to come up with ten easy steps to become interesting enough to be thought about outside of the work environment or family circle (I note those two because both groups either have to care about your existence because they have to see you 8 hours a day or because they are counting on your spare kidney---just in case).
Some may argue that the two concepts are mutually exclusive: you don't have to be 'followed' to be interesting, nor does everyone who is followed actually have to be of interest (yeah I know, a mind bender). However, we live in a society where most of the time some kind of empirical measurement is the true test of value. So regardless of how interesting you think you are, the only way to measure it is if more than a handful of people corroborate your self assessment.
Now don't get all excited...there's no way in Hades I'm cool enough to come up with all ten steps right now. I'm just going to give you one at a time and see where it goes from there.
1. The easy one: get a twitter account. I got one because I wanted to advertise this blog but some friends of mine actually informed me that that's not what it is for. People on Twitter really care about my teeth brushing habits and what I'm thinking about at any given moment. This is the first step in the BIP process. Of course, it is not the ONLY step because lots of people have Twitter accounts. This is the first step in the process because it’s a good way to step into the kiddie pool of the public limelight. You can get used to someone caring about your existence by them simply retweeting your retweet about a recipe for chicken wing sauce. It’s all about baby steps.
So get out there. Get a twitter account and then check back soon for the next step. I'm not quite sure what it is, but I assure you, it will be interesting.
(Oh, and follow my blog...it's not required as one of the ten steps, but it's just good juju.)