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Aristotle’s 7 Ways to Be Interesting in Social Media

In What Day is it? on October 5, 2009 at 5:27 pm

“To be a person is to have a story to tell.” – Isak Dinesen

Aristotle

Aristotle

Aristotle wrote in his treatise Poetics that there are seven golden rules to being successful in telling a story – plot, character, theme, dialogue, chorus, décor and spectacle. Learning to successfully balance these important essences of any story will make it desirable to the one taking part in it through reading or viewing it.

Did you know that you are both a story, and a storyteller? We are all storytellers, pacing around on life’s stage, bringing attention to ourselves in the way we act (or don’t act,) in what we shout out to the “back rows” (or in our silence,) in our moods and consistency.  We practice all seven of Aristotle’s rules in how we live our lives and express ourselves, some more than others.  A few of us are experts at balancing all of the essential parts of telling our story, and we love to watch them live.

You’re reading this because you are involved in some way with social media, whether as a writer or reader.  How do you get Aristotle’s seven story rules into balance, so that your story is interesting to your friends and followers? How do we draw others into our very interesting life story using social media?

Seven Ways to Make your Life Interesting in Social Media

Plot – This is way more than simply what is going on in your life, or what you’re up to right now (or even today.)  The plot of our lives tells others in what direction are we going with ourselves as a whole, from first page flip to climatic end.   Why did we take the time to create a Social Media account in the first place? Where ultimately will you be taking the rest of us on this ride?  Call it the steady, consistent stream of 140 character mini mission statements.  My ticket to your show was to follow or friend you, and I very much would like to know that you’ve taken some time with your life’s storyline…

Character – This is where you tell us about you as a person. And it goes a lot further than your favorite colors, your favorite foods, and whatnot.  This is the part where you take stands in life, and decide that you are going to be YOU, absolutely and unequivocally yourself, on social media.  You are going to tell people what you think about the day to day issues that arise, and let us know your deepest philosophies about life and how we ought to treat others. I got the ticket to see your performance, to hear your story, so I want the real McCoy.

How do you express your life's story?

How do you express your life's story?

 

 

Theme – This is your social media mood, so to speak.  Are you a serious blogger, tweeter or Facebooker, taking strong stances in life and demanding justice?  Are you a bit of a comic here, telling one joke after another in the hopes of getting that fleeting laugh from those that listen to your words?  Do you lecture to me about what I should be doing or supporting? Do you coach me in life, putting your arm on my shoulder and helping me grow? Or do you flitter in between them all, perhaps using that keen sense of timing to make the rest of us think, laugh or cry? Let me get lost in your pages.  Make me follow you so deeply my fiancée has to order me to shut the laptop and pay attention to the family…

Dialogue – Hey, if you can find others, you can talk to them, right?  Isn’t that the point of social media – to dialogue with others? How do you speak to others in social media?  How often? Do you seek out different opinions and are you respectful when you actually hear them? Do you take the time to dig deeper into the stream of information and share in other people’s celebrations and problems? Sometimes the tiniest of acknowledgements mean the World to another.  Engage as many as you can stand to, because the most interesting stories are those wherein we learn about so many characters’ lives, and slowly, page by page, their lives are woven into a beautiful tale…

Chorus – How often do you repeat the basic backbone of who you are?  How often do you remind your friends and followers what a wonderful person you are? How often do you log into your social media presence, even if only once a day, to just say hello and reconnect?  The reemergence of a character, the reintroduction of the unique flavor of someone, can bring so much joy to the read. And to life.

Décor – Every house should take on the character of the one living in it.  It’s one of the essential joys of moving in.  Have you decorated your social media space, and provided a basic mood within which to best view you? Does your background imagery reflect your personality?  There are a variety of places you can visit and download a decent background, as well as websites that can teach you how to “tweak” your social media presence even more.  Do you use social media stucco or wood siding?

This might be a little too extreme...

This might be a little too extreme...

 

 

Spectacle – Do you provide additional multimedia opportunities to get to know you? Adding photos and albums to your social media presence is a terrific way to begin bringing people deeper into the story that is your life. How many times have you watched a movie before reading a novel, and when finally getting around to the reading, have found it so much more fulfilling to have a mental picture of each character?  Adding photos to your social media space allows people to see you in their minds when reading your status updates or tweets.  And how about recording video and placing it on your site? Or even voice recordings?  The richer the spectacle, the more emotional the attachment, the longer your story is remembered…

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  2. In a nut shell you said it. This really sums it.

    “keen sense of timing to make the rest of us think, laugh or cry?”

    • Thanks! I think there are souls who can instinctually gather what is needed to be said, at any moment. I would love to be that kind of person…

  3. You may not know it or feel it, but I believe you are that kind of person. Some times we just need to look a little deeper inside our self to see it.

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