So far it's already half-past noon and I'm trying to figure out how to fit everything I need to do today, into the day.
Usually I enjoy Sundays. Tom and I watch a favorite TV show (dreaming about our next house - something Victorian and big enough to have author retreats in), and eat breakfast in bed. Then, I read blogs and work on some writing. Today...I read some blogs and thought I'd just get back in bed and read, after writing this. Why not? Reading is part of working, for me. And, I have a lot of reading to catch up on.
Last night we were treated to an extra night of Jeremy Wright. After saying good-bye to him in the early afternoon, he called around 5pm to say his flight had been cancelled and...if we weren't sick of him, could he stay over one more night? Far from being sick of him, we were delighted. Tom scooted out to the airport (about 15 min from our house) and brought Jeremy back. Whereupon, we had a nice dinner and several hours of good conversation about - you guessed it, blogging! And, about where this conversation tool is going in the next decade.
The conversation was very thought provoking. I did a lot of listening. In addition to being great talkers, women are also good listeners. That's something you should be aware of, when you plan a marketing campaign for them. Marketing to women would be so much easier if folks would just learn how to listen to their female customers.
Meanwhile, as I listened to these geeky guys talk technology - I thought about the fact that I was the only female in the room. That didn't mean much - except that I felt a bit unnecessary. Tom and Jeremy were NOT doing anything to exclude me. Don't get the wrong idea. It was just that - I'd had enough tech-talk and would have loved to be chatting about... oh, shoes, or spring hemlines, or why Valentine's day has to be next week when I'm just not ready for it!
Meanwhile, conversation began to revolve around the popular teen blog-tool, My Space, which I don't know a whole lot about. But, I do know that it's hugely popular and that... it attracts a lot of girls. I mean...I just clicked into it and hit "browse" and almost the entire first page was girls, girls, girls. I felt like I was reviewing an Elvis Presley movie.
Personally, I don't care for My Space, it's too - 1940ish, but...it's not meant for folks like me, anyway. It's meant for - kids who feel as if the Internet is their playground. Reminds me of the early days of the net when The Well was all it and a lot of people were nervous about that - an online community that wasn't -- monitored or censored! Oh my!
Please. People will be people, and young people will push the envelope, and...really, from clicking around in My Space, all I get is reminiscient of those mid-20th century films where all the women acted just like the girls in My Space are acting: as if getting the guy was the be-all and end-all of life.
The truth is - My Space is growing at a phenomenal rate, and...as Jeremy pointed out last night, businesses will want to invade this space soon. Get their brand in front of this market. We speculated on it all last night, without coming to a conclusion, so I thought I'd ask here:
What will merchants do to get themselves noticed by the huge population in My Space, and when will they do it? What do you think?