(This used to be a very long blog but I decided to divide it in two parts. One to share a funny anectdote [this one] and another to share the experiences from the day.).
Anyway, as I discussed Blogging and my success stories the customer asked me "So, when do you work?". This was a good question, for which I didn't have an immediate answer. They had gotten the impression that I spent my entire time social networking through Lotus Connections.
At first, I said that writing a blog takes me about 30 mins and I spent an additional 1hr - 1.5 hr a day reading blogs and networking. At this point, they looked at me weird. I could see it in their faces. "Doesn't IBM care that you are 'wasting' so much time?" To which I didn't say anything, but it got me thinking... am I really wasting my time?
The answer is a resounding NO! In fact, it is MY JOB (according to my business goals) to blog (well, the goals state something about sharing knowledge) AND to read blogs (in this case, the goals say something about growing my sales and technical skills). So there... that's what I'm going to say next time I run into this question.
What are your thoughts? Have you faced this question before from your peers/customers?