That's always an interesting question and I would have to listen back to the radio interview this morning to see if I actually used the words "auto pilot". If I did I don't think that's entirely true. While I sit here and type, my mother is finally home and I have a million things I want to tell her. In the other room, I have a very sick man who is fast asleep at 7pm and I know he's not over-dramatising man flu. I could feel as though I were torn in three places at one time, but the truth is that the only place I want to be is right here, typing this post.
The combination of the comfort of my traditional cup of tea and the sifting through my thoughts as I share my day, is my saving grace right now.
Still, Mr Unexpected woke up at sparrows and made sure he got me to the SABC building way before time. I'm never shy to confess that it's stressful enough for me to do new things without also having to find my way there. Don't tell me that GPS makes it easier, but it my world, it just doesn't. Of course it was much easier to find and navigate my way to and through the building, but I still would have wanted him by my side.
My little piece of paper was the other comfort that freed up my mind from the totally ego thought that I actually have no clue what I'm talking about. It was the thought of those big earphones and a microphone in my face that made it all feel too big for me. Greggie always gives me the eye when I say the words 'just' or 'little' when?referring?to all I have achieved with the blog and within the online space.
That little piece of paper was filled with stats about South Africa in the social networking sphere and all the Mashable social media day numbers from around the world.
From the moment Tsheko Mosito from Radio 2000 contacted me, I felt like that social influencer that I have worked so hard at becoming. It's impossible to make myself look the roll at 7:30am but I felt it all fall into place from the moment Tsheko walked me into the studio.
I love the irony of my interview and the journey that I suddenly find myself in. Angela Ludek, the bright and bubbly (even on Saturday at 7:30am) breakfast show host is nowhere to be found. No, not in the real world, but in my world of Twitter, Facebook or any other platform you can think of. I loved the instant connection between us and I can see the underlying passion for our beautiful country, sharing knowledge and the power of social media.
The thought of being on air for 30 minutes freaked me out most of all and I truly had thoughts of me not knowing enough about social media to fill that time. Okay, so I still have some 'project me' work to do on my esteem, me thinks.
Not only did the words just tumble out of my mouth, did it feel totally natural and did I want to carry on speaking forever ... but 30 minutes flew by ridiculously fast. So fast, in fact, that I only got to use one line out of all my notes on my little piece of papers. I was thrilled to be able to share the concept of #followSA, which sparked the realisation that this interview was just the tip of the ice berg. With the next guest waiting in the wings, a date was set for 5 weeks time and my next on-air chat with Angela ... which let to the invitation to do regular features about Social Media every 5 weeks.
I'm stoked ... I needed to hear myself?reminisce?on such a fantastic experience and not rip anything apart. The old me, pre 'project me' would have found fault with everything, yet I felt perfect.
This post and my entire journey would be incomplete if it were not for the social networking platforms that have create the beautiful people in my world. To all the Twits who sent such special message, my Facebook friends for love and to my dear friend, China Doll, who streamed the interview all the way in Hong Kong ... you guys are truly awesome!