My wife pointed out to me, after viewing me having a conversation with a friend in a coffee shop, how my body position—facing away from my friend, leg on knee, lack of eye contact—displayed a lack of engagement and interest. And she compared this to a satisfying conversation she’d had with a friend where they leaned toward each other across the table, made active eye contact, and jumped from subject to subject like two quick cats chasing a mouse carrying a wheel of cheese.
It made me wonder if this projection of aloofness is more apparent than I realize, not just in my conversations with friends, but of all my engagements and with people I’ve yet to connect with.
This is an attempt to uncross my legs, lean forward, growing quick as a mongoose defeating a cobra.
I’m dissatisfied with the overall conversation among blogs. I think we have a higher calling as blogger and writers and creatives and community engagers. I think we’re underachieving as a group and it’s time to shift the dynamics of the conversation so we’re less consumers and more creators, less sharers and more engagers, less anonymous and more accountable.
I’m a part of this as much (if not more for pointing it out, hold your calls for Hypocrite!) as you and it’s bothered me for some time now. For I’m disappointed in my own blogging attempts these past few weeks because I seem to care more how many people come visit rather than creating powerful stories and forming relationships.
Blogging is gifting and over time becomes sacrifice. There are millions of blogs, but it’s few compared to people in the world and few who do it well. Blogging as an art is rare, but possible. I guess this is what I want to inspire to. That a blog, a rich engaging blog can redeem, and “add to the stock of available reality.”
Thanks for everyone who shared their blog or their thoughts with me yesterday. It was moving seeing the raw and open hearts.
Now I want to read your most favorite blog you’ve ever written. I want to read it. It doesn’t have to be your best blog or your most popular, but your favorite.
You can post it here or email me the link at rossgale4 at gmail dot com.
Thanks and I can’t wait.