Jane Quigley, who I met at Podcamp, tagged me for the Media Snack Meme. As Jane notes, this meme was started by Jeremiah Owyang and has included amazing viewpoints from Connie Reece, Connie Benson, Chris Brogan, among others. He asks: What are you doing well, and what do you need to improve on.
First, I have issues with the snacking in terms of food consumption. Snacking, particularly junk food, can make you fat! At Weight Watchers meeting, they teach you to think about the "snacks" you are going to pop into your mouth and make sure you aren't mindlessly consuming.
I try not to mindlessly consume information on the web - and sometimes media snacking leads to bouncing and a feeling of not being able to see the forest through the trees. However, if you follow a stream in a strategic way - and stretch your synthesis muscle and pattern analysis skills - it can be like eating carrots instead of potato chips. That probably made no sense what so ever.
Here's how I media snack:
I use Twitter to "dip" into the stream and while I am following a lot of people, I've developed an ear for the ones that give me the most valuable information and my attention is drawn towards them.
I summarize the NPTECH tag stream -- and that really exercises your synthesis muscle.
I try to go beyond read and summarize and push into new thinking - but that type of writing takes more than 140 characters.
I probably publish too often, but I also notice that when I slack off, my subscriber numbers go down. Also, I suppose people can also just dip into what they want from this blog.