Connecting dots with The Idea Dude
Perhaps it is archaic education or upbringing, there always existed a distinct difference in my mind between writing and speaking… Reading and writing was a passive, distance activity whereas speaking and listening was an active and intimate experience.
Over the past months, I started to speak and listen through my blog.
The words were not just the medium, they were proxies for my voice just as your comments were for yours.
Is it so radical? you may ask.
I think it is, when you read, you want to be educated or entertained. When you listen, you want to be engaged.
When you write, you want to inform or enlighten, when you speak, you want to participate and elicit a response.
It is a question of intent, something that is beginning to change the face of the blogosphere.
The intent to converse and engage…
If that is your intent, then listen to these dots…
Liz spoke this week of what it takes to be a superstar conversationalist. We have to be imperfectly human to draw a response and then be active listeners.
Ann made me wonder, Maybe we need to listen to someone elseâ€™s interpretation of the conversation that can only come about if we start a conversation and then leave space for a response.
As a parent, I love reading bloggers describe their experiences with their children. When Nesting Momma spoke about her child, falling from the nest, I realized I was not reading but listening when she spoke about, It will happen often, daily, yearly even in her adulthood; she will make mistakes, have accidents and fall from the nest. I am so honored to be the one that gets to pick her up, dust off her wings and give her wind to fly again.
Robert told us a joke to end the week, it was pretty much the same way I related it to my son. For me, Robert is a story-teller first and a writer second. Isn’t that the way it should be?
Perhaps, the word blog has already outlived its usefulness because for many of us,
we’ve already taken it far beyond where we found it.
Instead of saying I read a hundred blogs this week, I really heard a hundred souls speaking..
I am truly blessed.
So which dots spoke to you this week? pray tell!
May the dots be with you!