Sometimes I meet Liz – in the city, or on Twitter – to talk about not talking about social media.
“So here’s what I want to know,” I asked one night, “Does talking about not talking about social media count as talking about social media?”
“I think I talk more about the muppets,” she responded.
We decided I’m Cookie Monster. She’s Grover.
She proudly retweeted. Because this is who we are. And this is what we do.
We go around and around, thinking up ways to change the world by connecting with it. Talking, walking, sometimes getting tired…
I don’t know much about social media.
I know more about cookies.
Since I was a kid I’ve had a delicious talent for intuitively choosing the best cookie in the jar. And as a kid, if you were my friend and I only had one cookie, I’d always give you the bigger half. I like to think that’s the most valuable thing Liz and I have in common. (I mean, who needs tools when you’ve got COOKIES? Ahem.)
Liz knows how to share, how to connect, how to get people through things – how to get to the core of who they are and walk them through the stuff they need to do to get to the places they want to go.
Sometimes she speaks in metaphors. Sometimes she’s like Grover. Sometimes the other kids don’t understand her. But the ones with the best hearts love her, because she’s like them.
Liz once told me, “Every star shines — brilliance is relative.”
I don’t remember why she told me that, except that that’s who she is. Her heart is always golden. Even in the moments I have no idea what she’s talking about, I trust her with all my heart because I know she would never let me fall.
We don’t have to talk about social media to teach social media. But to learn it, we’ve got to live it.
That’s what Liz does. That’s what Liz helps me do.
So when Liz asked me, “While I’m at WordCamp Las Vegas, will you hijack my blog? Maybe you could write five things people don’t know about me, like I wrote 5 Tips about Surviving on the Road with Lorelle that one time?”
…. And my response was….
“Huh? You did what? Who’s Lorelle?”
… “I don’t know five things!”
… I knew I probably know just this one:
I’d rather learn the Muppet Metaphors of Social Media than bang my head against the wall studying the Cruel Calculus of Communicating Online.
I’d rather share cookies with a friend.
What has Liz taught YOU?
Or, um, who’s your favorite muppet and why?