Nick Kellet and I were delighted to host the second week of #Lurkerchat yesterday morning. We came up with the idea for #Lurkerchat after spending a lot of time discussing those who choose to lurk on social media. Nick and I both embrace the idea of generosity in business and in the online space. Starting #Lurkerchat seemed like a natural extension of the things we each do on a daily basis.
On this week’s #Lurkerchat we had 40 folks join in over the time that the chat ran (Tuesday’s at 10:00 AM Pacific for an hour) and we really enjoyed hearing all of the different perspectives. The week earlier we had about 29 folks show up; so having the additional people share their thoughts during this week’s chat was excellent.
I went back through this week’s tweets and there were a few that stood out. Clearly there are a lot of thoughts on lurking.
Most People Lurk the Majority of the Time
We Look To Others As An Example
There is Control In Lurking
We Were All New Once
People Silently Engage
Lurkers Are Selective
#Lurkerchat is Asking Lurkers to UnLurk
There is a lot to learn about lurkers and lurking. #Lurkerchat is an experiment. We are exploring a topic that many don’t speak about. We are asking folks to step out from the shadows and tell us they are there. We are asking those who are quiet to engage. We think people’s voices matter. And we want to hear them every week during #Lurkerchat.
Once upon a time I was exceptionally quiet in the online space. I silently observed what others were saying and doing. I did this for a good long time…years in fact. Yes, I was a lurker. You have no idea how much courage it took for me to find my voice and to actually begin sharing it.
Silence can be a scary thing. Overwhelming too. In many ways breaking that silence can be even scarier – even though in the long run it changes everything for the better. I am incredibly thankful to a number of folks who encouraged me to truly show up and to begin engaging. The people who supported my journey always saw me for the person I am. And they took the time to reach out to me. To see me. Their actions and wisdom taught me that sharing my voice and my true self in the online space really does matter. I firmly believe that their support has changed everything about the way I approach my business and my life. Because certain people chose to believe in me….I was able to begin believing in not only myself, but in others too. Guess what? There is true magic in a formula that works like that. I will spend the rest of my life giving to others because of those folks who gave to me when I most needed it. They helped me understand the true power of connection and generosity.
And so with my own experience long behind me – but the lessons never forgotten – it makes me incredibly happy to announce that starting next Tuesday at 10:00 AM Pacific I will begin co-hosting #LurkerChat with Nick Kellet! It will be a weekly Tuesday morning event – a combination Twitter chat meets HOA. I am both honoured and humbled to be doing this with Nick. He is someone that I respect hugely and that I love spending time with. Nick and I are committed to reaching out to the folks who stay in the shadows, to having truly interactive discussions and to generously engaging with folks. Something tells me it’s going to be more than a little special. I hope you will join us.