Please note: the below is entirely tongue in cheek, and although I’m dropping names, I’m not reeaally dropping names :). I just realized how many people I knew (and missed) when I was without my Microsoft Outlook address book on my recent trip to NYC…
Am I the only one who is constantly running into people online, and getting a wee bit overwhelmed by these “casual contacts”?
Moreso, I’m talking about very cccaaaasuuuaall contacts. Like, people who I respect immensely, but simply don’t have time to follow/read (James Chartrand), or Twitter people that I know to be excellent writers, incredible contributors, but I just haven’t got a chance to get to know their work like I want to (Thursday).
I’m also lucky to “kinda know” people from my About.com work, which includes some of the very best contacts in the freelance writing world: (Lori, Rachel, Sue, Kristina the Writer Mama and Melissa). I also get to meet a lot of Editors/Publishers I respect through my work at About.com (such as Andie East at Seal Press).
Then there are people whose names I KNOW I’ve seen somewhere, yet I simply cannot place sometimes. I’ll stumble upon a Misti or a Kristin and KNOW I’ve read something by her, or seen her in a forum or soemthing, and I’ll just have to assume it’s another freelance writer who frequents the same online circles I do.
There are people I’ve read, and liked, but have simply not had time to read any more of (Del).
There are people who are waiting for me to review their “stuff” (Ed Gandia’s Stop Wishing) and Freelance Switch’s Rockstar) for About.com, and I furiously try to read themm before conking out at 1 a.m. after the rest of my work is done…And then, when I run into their name online, I duck and hide and promise myself that I Will Get To That Soon.
Then, I add in the IRL (“in real life”) people I’ve interviewed for my regional, people I’ve worked with on advertising for my regional, people I’ve worked for, people I want to work for, volunteer supervisors, real supervisors, PTA moms,etc….
(deep breath) Which is all to say, mostly, that I run into a lot of names, and my brain is on the decline, I am after all turning 3-1 (ssshh) in a couple weeks, and so, if I am supposed to recognize you, but limp a little, please forgive me!
Meanwhile, you’ll have to humor me my solution: making notes about you in my Outlook rolodex. 😉
I’ll never leave home without it….again.