Writing With Joy, Listening With Intent

I’ve just read a post by Jen Louden on her digital sabbatical which also led me to a great post by Gwen Bell.

What I got from both was a sense of slowing down – when we are on the web it is easy to imagine ourselves in a space of speed, rather than still having the chance to make choices. A digital sabbatical is a choice. Choosing your own language – your own speed – is a choice. The language used and the feelings it brings shows that it can impact through to your reader. It’s still made me act – indeed, I am here and writing a post. It’s also made me

  • Thoughtful and Reflective. Bringing together what I hear on the web with my own concept of “Being your Best Self Online”.
  • Slow. Slowing down the speed of my “doing” and even my typing.
  • Wondering where a digital sabbatical would show up in my life, when what I do is work with businesses on social media. Hmm. It’s about doing it differently – in a way that works.

In fact from my survey of people about concerns – this is what I hear. I hear concerns about too much time online. About wasted opportunities. About lost connections and talking for the sake of it. Better than to say less, but give more value? What do you think?

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Claire Chapman is a social media expert. Claire's journey into social media has been one that has built up over time. When she trained as a coach, she started connecting with people on different coaching niche membership sites and forums, and started finding that these were a great way to keep connected to the industry and peers, as well as spotting potential coaching opportunities. Since September 2009, Claire has also been working part time for Intendance in London, a full service Web firm who offers a complete range of Web & design services as their Social Media Specialist.