I often wonder about the television stars' need to be in the spotlight. Unless they are a game show, talk show, or telethon host, the small screen stars do not have a live audience to feed off of. (grammatical error #2, if you are counting) Unless they appear on The Big Bang Theory, their salaries are not as extravagant as their big screen counterparts. What connection do they have with the audience? Adoring fans can only show the love with ratings or rants on publicity blogs, which these famous people do not read. So where do they make the connection? Social media has opened a new avenue for communication, mostly one-way, depending on the persona of the star. I owe a debt of gratitude to Holly Chesser @hollychesser for creating a valuable lesson on Twitter presence at MICON14.
Here I am, blogging away into the void, having no idea who is reading. I know that writers write primarily for themselves anyway, but I am always wondering who, beyond my school colleagues and friends, is reading what I write. Someone is. My stats tell me so. The whole stats thing is a double edged sword in itself. I do not want to get hooked on tracking stats. I'm not trying to self-market (a post for another day). I'm just trying to become a better person. A better writer, a better educator. (grammatical flub #3) The whole personal-connectedness-via-social-media thing is all smoke and mirrors, anyway. No one is more connected because they have maxed out their 5,000 friends on Facebook. Quite the contrary.
What are the readers of all this content doing with the information they read? Why do strangers read my blog? It baffles me. I read blogs of people who can teach me. Mainly, I read blogs of other successful and forward thinking educators so I can continue to evolve as an instructor and learner. I'm participating in this writing challenge because of a mentor who inspires me. But why read these posts? I can't quite fathom it. And no, I never saw a single episode of Seinfeld or Friends. I'm serious. If you are still counting grammar issues, we're up to five. It is all stylistic choice. Perhaps you, dedicated reader, feel you are learning from me. That's confusing for me. It truly is. What makes more sense to me is that some bit of my humanity and/or sarcasm comes across and makes someone laugh or feel empowered to try something new. If so, my writing has a greater value than I tend to believe. Of course the commerce of value is the topic for another post as well.
So friend, whoever and wherever you are, if you need a smile, or a laugh...enjoy!