I've kept this around in my purse, in my backpack, with my make-up kit.. for months. Usually quotes and fortunes don't stick with me for very long, but this did. When I first read it I felt a flash of embarrassment. How many times has my sour tone and shortness with a clerk or customer service rep made their day that much worse? Or even more uncomfortable to consider, have I ever made someone cry? I remember being there, on the other end of the phone in a call center, hooked up to the dialer like life support, no break coming, weight on my mind from all directions and then I get that call.
Now it stands to remind me that we all have this fantastic power of influence over each other, like sparks of static electricity, small but noticeable.. and everywhere. So few by choice.
I thought about this quote in relation to this blog and those who choose to read it, and wished that I knew more about the people who do read. I made this post a while back about not really caring what readers want to see in a way that would guide my blog to be more about others, less about my own experience, and I thought -- inauthentic. I hope that that post hasn't made me seem unapproachable or uninterested. I realize a lot of the shit posted here must make no sense. That just can't be helped? Let me say a few things directly then.
1. I appreciate the people who read this blog, especially so if it gives you something positive to take with you when you leave.
2. I want to be more accessible and easy-going in online relations and with readers, hence me starting a Twitter and Facebook for the page.
3. With that I'm looking to be more relaxed in posting, stop choosing the "nothing or perfection" method and just give you that funky Beej appeal I have had trouble showing sometimes.
I only want to be unaware of the effect I have on others who read if it's their decision. Introduce yourself, please. Tell me what you like. How do you know me? What have you heard? Do you have any advice? What do you hate? Done one of my tutorials? Know me in real life? I want to know.
Door's open mang.