Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Share the Love: Melting Pot


Some days I feel days I feel like logging off and going dark for entire weekends and days at a time.

I suppose that’s what happens when one morphs something that was pleasure into business, answering questions about how to create a Facebook page and whether Facebook advertising is a worthwhile endeavor instead of just simply connecting and encouraging via all the social media platforms I’ve come to embrace.

I remember having this same sort of existential crisis about blogging when people first started offering to pay me to write; if I were to make writing on my blog a job, would that make the passion part fizzle and fade? 

Could I be true to my art and still be compensated for a skill I’ve been graciously given and have proceeded to hone since I first picked up a pencil and began penning stories in second grade?

Eventually I found my groove and decided how best to write with abandon from the heart and still accept compensation for my skill and time, but not without a whole lot of mulling and chewing and spitting out that which was bitter or didn’t match the flavors I’d spent so long cultivating.

Because, sort of like with coffee beans, you don’t want to ruin the blend you’ve been working so hard to create.

I think this is likely the same as with merging the pleasure side of social media with that of the business end. Sometimes the perfect cup of coffee doesn’t just happen. Sometimes it takes a while to blend the two together, a stirring of two really good things – like cream into coffee requires measure. And lots and lots of tasting.

All that tasting often takes remembering that when combined well, the two complement each other quite beautifully. 

And perhaps make the brew all the better.

This post was inspired by MeetSoci. I was compensated for my time, but as always, my ramblings are completely my own. 


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