Dang if I wasn’t chatting online with Lara Schiffbauer (of Motivation for Creation fame) about being uninspired (me), when another LinkedIn endorsement from a stranger popped up in my inbox.
My LinkedIn profile (what I wrote) is all true. And many people are endorsing me for skills that I have.
But I wonder why strangers endorse me. I have never met these people, have never edited or proofread them, have never seen them comment on my blog, am not connected with them on FB or Twitter. Do they expect a return endorsement?
Why endorse someone who is a stranger, a person you know nothing about? Why endorse a person for editing if you have never seen the fruits of their editing labors? I just don’t get it (and don’t do it either).
Selling out, trading favors
If Jane Doe endorses a book (trading an I’ll promote your book if you promote my book), I look at that book and other books she’s endorsed. If she endorsed a stone-cold-loser book, then I can’t trust her any more. Or if she is endorsing five books a day, I wonder.
See also The line in the social media sand – that’s your integrity, with guest Therese Pope of Zenful Communications.
Facebook Fan Pages
People trade likes – you like my page, I’ll like yours. All good.
But after I like your page, you’d better give me something of substance. Post after post of quotes from your Amazon reviews or how your book is doing in the ratings (mememememe), and I’m strapping on my boogie shoes. I’ve been a little lax on my FB page lately – need to put on my boogie shoes!
See also Is your fan page a little flat?
I find myself spending less and less time here, because it seems that many people are, 1) promoting only themselves, 2) tweeting quotes from their book reviews over and over, 3) boring me to tears.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know I, 1) post my blog links, many of which are guests, 2) tweet vocabulary, 3) re-tweet what I find helpful or inspiring.
What are you tweeting?
See also Twitter-quette – it’s my turn.
Do you want to be known as sincere, believable, someone with integrity?
Or do you want to be for sale, cheap?
Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value. ~Albert Einstein
A pure hand needs no glove to cover it. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
Who lies for you will lie against you. ~Bosnian Proverb
A lie has speed, but truth has endurance. ~Edgar J. Mohn
All quotes from Quote Garden.