I love that title. I’m not sure I can explain what I mean.
It came to me when I was thinking about how much I want to watch the flow of digital expressions of our two kids, living away from home but both (occasionally) tweeting and texting and blogging and statusing.
It came when I was thinking about the wanting to listen to the digital observations, both mundane and heart-revealing, of a growing circle of friends.
It came when I was thinking about “putting it on paper”, a phrase from Chris and Julien.* They talk about capturing your thoughts in writing (video, drawing, digitally), so that they can be useful to others, so you don’t have to answer a question 50 times, so that when you have answered 500 different questions, you have a massive resource on a particular subject, so that when you have written 300 words a day for 200 days you have 60,000 words captured.
It came to me when I realized that while doing all of those observing and writing activities, I was also need to (and get to) have conversations and presentations and times to fix things and solve problems and provide advice. And that any of those that I want to put on paper will take the place of at least a few more of those.
It came to me when I realized that I am wanting to participate in many lives simultaneously, many of them my own.
This isn’t about digital and face-to-face friends. This is a little, I suppose, about time and attention management. It’s partially about managing streams of data flowing. It may be mostly about lives I care deeply about living in other geographies.
Whatever it is, I’ll let you know when we sort it out.
*The phrase is in Trust Agents, their book about building trust. I first heard the phrase at SOBcon 09, where they were talking about the concepts publicly for one of the first times.