commit: 6b2ca8a - #414 (2014-03-05 12:54:44 -0500)
Really enjoyed reading this, she made some good points. "What if I Tweet something during a national emergency...." I found to be right on point.Taking a vacation = lol. Social media folks definitely do not have it easy.
This pretty much sums up my life (particularly the 'no holidays - ever' side of things. And because you're spending so long scheduling stuff as well as your regular job, you're too shattered to enjoy it! Good job.
While I agree with the points, and that social media folk should defend what their jobs entail, I can't help but think that she blew her date's comment out of proportion. He was only poking fun at what he does for a living.
When people ask me what I do, I say "I do SEO, for my sins..." It's a crack at the fact that SEO has a bad rep, just like how a lot of people believe social media to be an easy job (as is the case here). I don't mean it to be disrespectful of what I do and what my peers do, and I don't think that that's what he meant, either. However that's the way that the author took it.
If a non-social media person said it then fair enough. Defend away. I blogged about the time a web designer I know stated that link building is a job "a monkey could do," ignorantly believing that all link builders did was directory submission. Now THAT'S a situation where I'd jump to the defensive...
I do agree she may have overreacted. I think the difference between how people talk about SEO versus social media is that SEO is sort of mysterious and technical, while everyone with a Facebook account thinks they understand social media marketing. I usually start out by telling people I play on Facebook and Twitter all day, but that's because I'm remarkably well-adjusted and confident. ;)