Pushing Thirty

and shedding pretentions

#Diligence

So, I’m loving todays chapter in the proverbs. One of my favorite themes in Proverbs is diligence. Its a real simple concept: it pays to work. But chapter 24 is the sermon on diligence par excellence because of the last five verses.

I call it the parable of the Sluggard and his Nettles. Feel that? That was Aesop twitching in his proverbial grave. Sing it if you know it:

Proverbs 24:30-34 (English Standard Version)

I passed by the field of a sluggard,
by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,
and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;
the ground was covered with nettles,
and its stone wall was broken down.
Then I saw and considered it;
I looked and received instruction.
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest,
and poverty will come upon you like a robber,
and want like an armed man.

Now, I’m going to stick with this topic for awhile, but at this moment I’m considering Twitter, an whether or not social networking can help me be more or less diligent.

This is probably a good time to mention that I initially joined Twitter because I was spending too much time on FaceBook. I found out that I could remotely (thru Twitter thru my phone) update my FB status. That sounded like a good excuse to not open FB when I should be doing work. Right? Right.

The problem is, that didn’t solve the problem. Now I’m just linked in through a different source, and I’m spending too much time deciding between Twitterriffic and Twitbin. I’m all geeked out and wondering if I should be following all my friends from FB, or celebrities from a different sphere, or possible business contacts– or all of the above. When I’m not on twitter I’m thinking about how to update my status with something witty in the hash marks (e.g., #iputthewitintwitter).

Today read this article on the differences between how you use FB and Twitter. It was really helpful, especially since I’m leaning towards using Twitter for business contacts. Which would be a plus to the pro-column on the diligence report. That is, if I could wrap my mind around the abstruse way that Twitter actually works for you if you let it by visceral networking. Like yesterday, I was psyched to show my wife (avid FB’er, non-Tweeter) how I was following Dave Ramsey’s tweet’s, and how my logo was a typewriter. But after a minute or two, she said, “I don’t really get Twitter.” And to that I replied, “I don’t really get it either.”

I’m hoping there’s more to Twitter than thorns and nettles, but I’m not yet sure that it qualifies for actual work. I’ve found in the past that there is a false sense of productivity locked up in digital networking, mainly because I’m physically typing. It’s heavily reminiscent of the sensation I get while blogging. But I can say at this point that there is a potential for work here.

Right?

April 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment