I fell off the blogging wagon the last couple of weeks after my encounter with a mean PhD, partly because I do wonder about the public nature of blogging and twitter and Delicious and Facebook and whether the incessant blabbing drains energy from my feeble attempts at creating a novel. And then something happens that I want to share with many friends and family and readers all at the same time, and I think "ah, that's what my blog is for."
So E is for Effort. For getting back on the horse after a fall. E is for Engagement with the world, in all its messy, mean, petty, dirty glory. E is for Energy, for choosing to put effort into creating, even something as mundane as a blog, or a tweet, or a delicious tag. I think that the beauty of social media is that it's easy to have a voice and participate in the conversation, even if it's often just blather and chatter. And I don't want to let the Crazy Meanies silence me. I'm making Effort to continue on my Year of Living Alphabetically.
A thing that I'm excited about and want to share is that Brad has a monthly article in Entrepreneur Magazine. His January article is called "Perfecting your Pitch" and his February article is about angel money vs. venture capital. The paper version of the magazine has fun photos of Brad, including this contributor photo taken at our friend David Cowan's house in Hawaii.
Brad never seems to let the bastards get him down, even though people post all kinds of hateful and idiotic comments on his blog. Maybe if I increase my volume of output, the nasty incidents will decrease as a percentage of interaction?
And sincere thanks to my many supportive commenters and emailers who Encouraged me to continue putting words out into the world. I have new courage to continue making positive Effort.