Well, in the race to complete my assignment, slow and steady is definitely winning the day. It will be done by Monday and submitted. It’s just that I’m completing it piece by piece. Apparently, according to the forum, everyone found this one a slow and tedious piece of work so it’s comforting that it’s not just me.
I wandered back onto LinkedIn today and found that instead of my blog showing the entries which related just to those things I have tagged for it, it was showing everything. I’ve deleted it on my profile until I find a solution or rather start the business blog which would be more appropriate there.
Weirdly, there are people who now suddenly have over 100 connections who the last time I looked had around the same as me. In checking, I think they have effectively just invited and linked to everyone they ever knew at all in business. The question is should I do the same? Is it quantity that’s important or quality?
My network at IBM was extensive: I’d worked there for 13 years after all. But the question is should I be inviting everyone in that network into my new shiny social networking connections? The answer from a business and marketing perspective is yes. Networking is important; it’s crucial. So from an image perspective the more connections the better. And it isn’t that I don’t know these people; I do. I worked with them.
I just need to get over my personal hang-up of wanting to remain private. (I know, I know – I blog every day but this blog is part of the strategy of trying to get myself more comfortable with a public Internet presence). After all, very shortly I hope to the website up and running for the business and then I will be “out there” in a big way.
On the other hand, I do think a slow and steady build-up of connections is the way to go to make the network mean something. After all there’s no use having 100 connections if actually you only utilise the same 2 connections at any time. Maybe I should be thinking tortoise here too…