A few things happened over the past couple of days and I just had to vent…
When will this pastime grow up and act professional? Seriously. I have tried to follow along on various websites, blogs, FB pages and even podcasts, and all I ever see are the same redundant, mundane, repetitive and childish representations of what we do, who we are and what we are about….
I don’t know what it is, but we can’t seem to give off the impression that we know what we are doing. Instead of a one for all, we’ve become a disjointed, amateurish, and often times embarrassing group of hobbyists, and yes I know that will garner a few nasty emails. I really don’t care.
Not sure if it will ever happen, but someday we need to wake up, and more importantly, grow up, or we will be history. There’s material and breadth in what we do, but somehow it just never seems to show up. Anymore it’s all about me, sometimes poor me, and hardly ever about US.
We are losing ground here and there, but you wouldn’t know it if you frequent any of the social media pages, websites, blogs or podcasts. All we seem to give a crap about is “look at what I found” or “I just ordered a….” and on and on and on. Then there’s always the heavy drama….”someone said this about me” or “I will no longer share a site here”. Honestly I don’t really care. Deal with it!
Try and have a debate about parks being closed and you will hear the following:
“Well there are dogs digging in the park and golfers creating divots. Or, we pick up the trash, we pay taxes and work with the police”.
Bring up the subject of a strong, professional and viable organization to represent us and you get:
“I’m not giving my money to someone who only wants to sit on his ass” or “I can handle my problems myself” and “no problems here so forget it”. Or what really gets in my craw….the ole “well we beat them up with emails and showed them who we are”. Yeah, right!
Maybe I expect too much from all this, and then again maybe I am too old, and out of touch. If it’s the latter, fine. Shoot me for crissakes.