What Is Your Impact?

by Jay Deragon on 02/24/2009

personal_brand_footprint_1Lots of people have a blog.  Last count was over 65 million blogs from around the world about anything and everything.  user generated content is the growing power of people who have a voice about everything.  All these individuals are exploring, discovering and sharing what they are learning.  Many offer perspectives and comments on what others are saying, especially the traditional media.

Many wonder what is the value of having a blog and writing about “stuff”. Personally I find the process rewarding in that I can offer up my own perspectivies and quickly get feedback which in turns motivates me to learn and share more.  The process is in itself addicting.  The addiction is the exchange of ideas and the validation of thought.  I think they call it the path to innovation.

Seth Godin writes: This is my 3,000th blog post. (In a row).

Within a week of starting this blog, I had a feeling I wouldn’t be giving it up any time soon. It’s a difficult habit to develop, but an even harder one to break.

The impact of having one’s own personal long tail is huge. It’s not about googlefu (at least it shouldn’t be) but your footprint expands nonetheless. Do a google search on seersucker suit and there I am, listed third, with a vaguely relevant post. Do one on advice for authors and there I am again. Drip, drip, drip, it adds up. The hard part, as you can guess, is the first 2,500 posts. After that, momentum really starts to build.

What is your impact?
Seth makes some profound observations in his post.  He states : The impact of having one’s own personal long tail is huge. It’s not about googlefu (at least it shouldn’t be) but your footprint expands nonetheless. Our footprint on history is centric to the impact we have on relationships.  By sharing perspectives, redistributing knowledge and creating an audience we are “dripping waves of influence and change that will grow in momentum over the longtail.” Think about it. Change comes from the gatherling of crowds with like minded thoughts aimed at making things better.  Seth celebrates in 3,000th post and recognizes that the dripping of his words into the intersection of technology and human behavior is in fact creating positive effects by provoking people to think.
So as Seth celebrates his 3,000th post the opportunity to learn from his trail, his content and the crowds that follow him is the opportunity for each of us to grow a little or a lot.  The choice is ours.  Stretch your muscles and transform your thinking by listening to the world of self expression about anything, everything and anyone.
What do you have to offer to the process? What say you?

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JDeragon February 24, 2009 at 8:11 am

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prblogs February 24, 2009 at 7:47 am

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