Friday, August 29, 2014

A Letter to My Readers, or, Breaking the Fourth Wall (Again)

Hello to all my dear readers,

This week, I am not writing the same kind of narrative or spastic lists that I know many of you have grown to know and love. I'm sorry. What I wish to do this week is take a step back and share with you all the ways that you can connect with me and be a part of creating a larger conversation on the Interwebz. Because, truth be told, I don't just publish this blog because I need an outlet for all the ideas bouncing around in my head (although that is one of the reasons I publish this blog). I also write and publish what I do because I want to spark conversations online.

So what that means is that if you find something stirring in what I've written here on the blog, please leave a comment and say so. I'm sure there's at least one other person, if it's not me, who would love to say how it resonated with them, too.

If you access my blog through my Facebook page, please share and like my posts. All of that contributes to the spread of the conversation. I know most of you come in through Facebook, so it would be great to see big conversations spreading there.

If you're one of my treasured tweeps, I love to have re-tweets and replies when I tweet my new posts (actually, that's a lie; I love to have re-tweets and replies at any time). If you're not already one of my tweeps, please help me make that connection with you. I tweet @thebonespeaker and you can get a constant feed of what I do with the widget I've installed over on the right side of my blog.

Same for those of you who are out on Google+, aloof from all the mainstream social media. I've got a widget down on the right-hand side of my blog that you can use to connect with me there. You guys have the drop on commenting on my blog. Please share your thoughts and share the post, if you feel so moved.

And then, if you're one of those who don't understand what people see on social media, you can circumvent that whole process and just sign up to get my posts sent straight to your inbox. I recently installed a widget (also down on the right-hand side) for just that purpose. But if you come in through an email notice, please don't skip the conversations that start in the comments. I've never really been interested in being the unquestionable sage on the stage with my blog... I just want to plant a seed of conversation and grapple with the ideas that consume my thoughts. Maybe one of you guys has the insight that I've been looking for.

All that being said, I guess I still need to confess another lie that I've told. Though this post itself does not give direct voice to my inner narrative, there is another way that you can hear my thoughts this week, if you wish. I'm appearing as the special guest this week and next on a podcast called the Collect Call. I've really been digging their podcast for a few months now and I was totally geeking out when they asked me to come on as a special guest. Take a listen with the Soundcloud track embedded below, and if you enjoy the show you can follow it on Twitter, like their parent organization (Acts 8 Moment) on Facebook to get updates, or check for updates yourself on their website.

Here's looking forward to great conversations!