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Will She Ever Return, Will She Ever Return …

Okay, those of you who have been around the Boston area may remember Charlie and The MTA . He’s the man who never returned. As the song goes, “Will he ever return? No, he never returned. His fate is still unlearned.”  Nope, Charlie never returns. He’s consigned, “to ride forever ‘neath the streets of Boston. The man who never returned.”

Unlike Charlie, I can return. Although it’s been a few months since I’ve posted, I have, in fact never really left the blogshphere. On my occasional visits to my languishing blog, I was always surprised to see that people were still visiting regularly. Some following links from other blogs where I was still counted among the live. Some, who were evidently researching Julius Caesar and Veni Vidi Vici. (one of my most popular posts, but I think it might have more to do with Julius than me. ) And, some actual loyal followers who sent me emails asking when/if I would return. They missed me! Even, a few real live people approached me and asked when I would return.

In another way, my story parallells the mythic Charlie and the MTA. While anyone who wanted to find him had only to ride the subway; anyone who wants to find me has only to ride the electronic highway. Blogs can be taken down. But, more often than not we aren’t in control of our electronic presence. If one has left comments on other blogs, joined social networking sites like Facebook, or had work published electronically, among other things there’s a trail to follow. Then there’s all the other new stuff (to me anyway, being a lapsed blogger) like Twitter, StumbleUpon, Plurking??  and who knows what else.

Charlie’s fame lives on by way of the Charlie Card  which carries value for rides on the MBTA. If you want your fame to live on with added value, be careful in leaving an electronic trail. This memo from Leadership Development offers a brief summary of how to do that safely, explaining “everything you do on the Internet can be made public, and the world is watching” .  

Which leads me to close with this –Watching YouLove this song by Rodney Atkins! There’s a good lesson there for anyone who is ever in a leadership position – electronic or otherwise.