Pardon the Disruption

Those of you who follow my blog closely (mom? dad? bro?) may note that I haven’t posted in several months.

No, I haven’t given up blogging. No, I haven’t decided that Twitter is a better medium for my thoughts. And no, I haven’t been so busy with client work that I had to put Disruptology on the back burner.

In fact, I had a medical issue that required surgery and a considerable amount of rehab.

I don’t typically post about my personal life here, but my eight days in the hospital proved to be a pretty transformative experience. Here are some of my revelations:

I didn’t miss social media

I didn’t feel an overwhelming need to update my Facebook status, check in with Foursquare or see what blog posts I had missed in Google Reader for weeks after my return home. This might not sound like a revelation to some readers, but as someone immersed in social media for the last eight years, a month without email/iPhone/Twitter is akin to solitary confinement.

When I returned to social media, not much changed

About four weeks after I returned home, I started to slowly reemerge from my self-imposed exile. Here’s what I found:

  • The same marketers posting too frequent Twitter updates continued to pollute the stream.
  • The conversations about social media ROI, the iPhone vs. the Droid and the exaggerated death of news media continued unabated and with little in the way of new information.
  • Google Wave came and went, and now everyone is back to talking about Twitter.

I missed writing…

I always thought that I wrote to share my knowledge with you, but I realized that I also write this blog for my own gratification, which is good because…

…but my voice wasn’t necessarily missed

Don’t worry, I don’t take it personally and I’m not at all bitter. When I stopped posting in September, readers simply moved on to the next blog. I would do the same. But this realization helped crystallize for me why I write and what my objectives are. As a result, I expect the content and the tone of this blog will change. We’ll see.

I’m going to try blogging more. I invite your feedback on my posts and I thank you for taking the time to read and comment, as always. If I’m slow in replying to comments, it’s because I’m still limited in how much time I spend online by my pesky surgery.

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