You might want to make a joke. Maybe you’ve been the butt of the joke for trying something new. Have you ever been harassed in the office or by friends for trying to learn new things?
I catch some flack from customers and co-workers for blogging and trying to develop a new line of communication with social media tools. One of my co-workers came to my defense drawing a comparison to what I am doing (as well as many others) to the guys that bought bag phones when cellular technology first caught on. I don’t think that is a good comparison.
Telephones are generally easy to use especially if you are only make telephone calls. There really isn’t a lot of difference between really old rotary phones and a modern cell. Dial the number and talk, right? Therefore the early and slower adopters of cell phones didn’t really have to learn anything new to use the tool.
New social tools are not like writing a letter or making a phone call. It’s a different skill. There is a learning curve. Therefore I make the argument that the earlier adopters of LinkedIn, Facebook, blogs and other social media tools get a head start. Slow adopters may never catch up. So go ahead make fun of me and what I’m doing. I’m learning something! You are just falling behind.