Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I’m Being Followed

1 Corinthians 11:1 KJV – Be ye followers of me, even as I also [am] of Christ.

Recently, I joined another social media site. Back in December, when one of my coworkers first mentioned the site, I thought to myself, “Hey Missy! You have neither the time nor the mental real estate to dedicate to embarking upon a new social media frontier. Ya got that?! You barely understand what a ‘tweet’ is and your head spins atop your shoulders each time Facebook comes up with yet another change or page re-design.”

The argument held strong for a few months. Eventually, I caved and joined the site since having an account was the only way I could view some items my precious niece wanted me to see on her page. Or is it on her board? Maybe it’s her profile. As you can see my expertise literally stops at the doorway to the site. So far, the only thing I’ve mastered is signing up; logging in is sometimes questionable. Seriously, one day I went to the site and couldn’t, for the life of me, figure out how to get in. Ridiculous…

Since joining the site, I’ve noticed what I consider to be quite a strange phenomenon. Occasionally, I’ll receive an email notification that someone new has started “following me” on this site. This site! The one I still have no idea how to use. So you can imagine how baffled I am when I receive an email informing me that another poor soul has chosen to “follow me,” especially since I don’t even know where in the world I’m going.

So here’s what I thought about. There will always be leaders, and there will always be followers. That’s a pretty simple fact of life, right? We may walk in either role at any given time, depending on circumstances, platforms, and even social media sites. With all of the social media sites popping up and all of the following going on, I couldn’t help but wonder where in the world are we leading folks?

Watching people voluntarily join me on this site taught me a couple of things, so I thought I’d share them with you.

  1. It taught me that someone will always be watching, and someone will always be willing to follow me – whether or not I ask them and regardless of where I’m going. There will always be an audience for what I’m doing or what I’m saying.
  2. With that in mind, it also taught me (or probably, more accurately, reminded me) to evaluate where I’m going and where I will lead the audience that follows.  Be it an audience of 1, 100, 1000, or 1, 000,000, I need to always be mindful of where what I do and say will lead them.

The simple fact that someone is watching and listening means that we have influence. How we use that influence makes all the difference in the world. So that’s all I want to say today. I was just reminded that I’m being followed. So I wanted to remind you that you’re being followed, too. To where are you leading? Now that’s the question.