My reputation is determined in part by my writing about and living a real, authentic, and sustainable life on this blog. Reputation is everything, it can’t be bought, it must be earned and once earned it must be guarded with your life. You can lose your reputation in an instant. If you do be prepared for a long uphill battle to get it back.
Actions do speak louder than words. Your actions should speak so loudly that I can’t hear what you are saying. I find this aspect of reputation challenging as this blog grows. Some of my readers have known me for years through business associations related to ColorMetrix. The vast majority of you will not get to know me in real life.
For those who have known me for years and my new group of Milwaukee Twitter friends, watching my actions is a bit easier. You spend time with me. We meet face to face and have conversations eyeball to eyeball. For you assessing my actions as they relate to my reputation is easier. I find that my own BS meter works better face to face. You have been able to observe my actions and behavior first hand over several meetings and in some cases over many years.
I wonder what you do to access my actions when you only know me from on-line. The obvious one is my posts here. The content of these posts, the consistency with which I post and the comments others make on the posts. You might also follow and interact with me on Twitter and get some sense of the person I am there. I wonder about actions like the redesign of this and the addition of a picture of me shot by a professional photographer.
Please take a few moments to share with me what aspects of my on-line presence help you determine my reputation.