Sometimes you just have to take a look at what life has dealt you, look where your decisions and experiences have led you, and smile a big, toothy grin. Now, before you go and label me insane, know that this year has possibly been the worst year of my life so far. I’m only 26.
My father is dying from pancreatic cancer, and my dream job just evaporated in a cloud of smoke. I’m sure I’ll write about these experiences in separate articles, but those situations generally wouldn’t make someone smile!
I’m smiling because I still have a lot to be thankful for, and some of it stems from Google+.
Why Google+ Has Me Smiling
Opportunity. Community. These are the words that define my experience with Google+. When I first appeared on this network (July 2011) I interacted with complete strangers. Most of my friends couldn’t fathom using Google+ due to Facebook dependency, or fear that it was just another “Buzz” or “Wave”. While those concerns were justified (ok maybe not the Facebook one), Google+ was different.
Early on I started helping people learn how to use Google+. Through that process I was able to meet and interact with some of the more influential people on the network. Yes, being an early adopter that is enthusiastic as I am does have its advantages. What I didn’t expect was that nearly 2 years later, I would end up calling some of those people real friends.
And friends help you when the chips are down.
Grab A Doorknob And Turn
I know many of you have experienced this Google+ phenomenon. You have connected with many people, and built both personal and business relationships. Keep doing that. That’s what makes Google+ so special (other than the SEO benefits).
But, I know some of you are shaking your heads. Perhaps you’re an introvert or new to the network. Know that there are many people on Google+ that not only enjoy helping people, but enjoy building personal relationships. After all, that’s what life is all about.
So I challenge you. If you are a veteran on the network, stop by the Google+ Discuss Community, or one like it. There are plenty of newcomers that are asking questions. If you are new to Google+, I’d like to personally welcome you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, reach out to new people, and use that famous Google Search bar at the top of Google+ to find others that share your interests.
The blurry photo above was taken from my cellular phone.
That is my door, and it’s open to you. Just don’t be startled by my big, toothy grin.
Have you had similar experiences from Google+? Please share them with us in the comments.