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Social Media…The Rest of the Story

As I was thinking on my last post about the problem with social media. I realized that my social media feed might be part of the problem for many of you. Crash Uncle once told me that looking at my Facebook feed it looks like all I do is play ultimate frisbee and travel all over the world.

Crash Uncle is right about this. I’m more of a consumer of Facebook than I am someone who shares all the details of my life. However, it’s natural for me to share when I’m playing ultimate frisbee (since we RSVP for that on Facebook) and when I’m traveling somewhere it’s fun to take cool pictures of those places. Lately I’ve been traveling to a lot of beautiful places and so I’ve been taking pictures and sharing the beautiful pictures.

Heck, even on this blog I did a whole series of posts on my trip to Dubai. Along with Dubai, just this past year or two I’ve been to amazing places like Palm Beach, Chicago, New York City, New Orleans, Nashville and I’m heading to Miami next week. Sounds pretty amazing doesn’t it. The pictures on social media will definitely make each of those trips look pretty amazing.

I’m not going to say that I didn’t have fun on those trips. I try to make the most of whatever I’m doing, but the pictures definitely don’t tell the full story. For example, take a look at my last trip to Nashville. I was attending a conference where I was attending sessions, walking an exhibit hall, networking with people about 15-16 hours per day. These are long day where I’m often repeating the same story about my blogs over and over.

Oh yes, did I tell you that for those 15-16 hours I’m talking about healthcare IT. Yes, that’s right. I’m a nerd. I go to these amazing places and spend 15-16 hours per day in a crammed conference hall talking about the exciting topics of electronic medical records, HIPAA, and other amazing topics like ICD-10, RAC Audits, and much more. Are you jealous?

Wait. You didn’t get that part of the story on social media? It’s important to remember that there’s always more to every story regardless of what social media might tell you.