The reason this site came to form was due to two days last week listening to Seth Godin's 'Tribes' on audio book. I listen to audio books because it's the only way I can effectively use my hour long commute to work and home. I do live a little off the beaten track however, Sydney peak hour traffic has reduced a 25 minute drive to an hour plus. To keep myself sane, I listen to audio books.
If you haven't read it, or heard it, check it out - http://www.amazon.com/Tribes-We-Need-You-Lead/dp/1591842336/permissionmarket (the regular book - the audio book can be found on iTunes). Beware, the reviews aren't that forgiving however.
This book, I have to say first, is not a how to. I read (listen?) quite a bit and one thing that stood out for me (which Seth points out) that he doesn't ask you to bring out the pen and paper and write down a step by step guide. It's not a book for sheep, who just need someone to follow. It's really a book that, without sounding corny, inspires you to think for yourself (shock horror!). You're probably thinking that the book is a rip off but I don't think so. How stupid is it that we need other people to tell us what to do, how to do it, how to think, act, walk, do business? (This is especially true for his other book, 'The Dip'.
I have to admit, the book is a little repetitive, quite a basic overview of leadership, very little references. Again, ripped off? No - it worked for me in my one hour car ride to work. What it did for me was remind me that what I wanted to do wasn't to manage people (any idiot can get paid to manage) but to lead, be a leader. To teach and guide people, to encourage and to inspire.
This site, www.beingmeags.com is hopefully the start of that. Have you read any of Seth Godin's books (Tribes in particular) and what did they do for you?
Unfortunately, I can't give it up completely because I believe that I will lose contact with almost all of the people I keep in contact with on there. I think that it's just a fact of life that without it, we would probably only keep in contact with a small circle of friends and relatives. Facebook makes everything easy.
On the flip side however, Facebook makes you lazy. I crossed to Facebook initially with it's clean white space. Myspace I found, was rapidly allowing users to completely cover their pages in colours, fonts, graphics and pictures, therefore burning out the retinas of anyone who visited their page. This made keeping in contact difficult for me, as viewing pages left me with a blinding migraine each time. Now I feel a addiction coming on stronger and realised that it sits open while I study. Talk about distraction.
This site is generally my own version of my Facebook page - without the hoards of friend requests, group requests, quiz requests and the birthday reminder (which, admit it, you'd be lost without it). I thought I would create 'Being Meags' after experiencing the internal conflict of wanting to post completely random things on my other website's blog (www.meaganhungerford.com) and found it not entirely appropriate to do so.
So, that is mostly "design" and this will be mostly "me". Honestly, I am completely random so this could mean anything from a review of a movie, book or show to whatever happened to pop into my head on any particular day. I tend to curve the craziness with Facebook as I assume some of my 'friends' (ex-teachers, friends of my parents, obscure relatives) don't want to hear about it.
So... welcome! Hopefully I'll have photos posted up in a couple of days and write a bit more.