As there are approximately 54.3 million blogs out there as of today, according to Technorati, it is statistically unlikely that most of them would have a wide appeal. Many blogs are concerned only with their small circles of closely connected friends and associates. And this is how they work. But it is always a little surreal to me when I come across someone's mini-community blog, see their baby photos, and read details about their lives, especially since I'm not a member of the club.
So finding and reading a thoughtfully written, relevant, and universally appealing blog is inspiring. I read Seth Godin's blog every day. He provides such thought-provoking posts that it would be easy to "ping" off most of them. If I did that, however, I would have to rename my blog "Seth's echo." There's no point in that — go check out his blog for yourself.
Today's post "Look me in the eye" moves me to write a ping because it's insightful and a call to action. It's current events and social commentary. Worried about eating E. coli-contaminated spinach? Concerned about random violence hitting too close to home? A lack of something very fundamental lies at the heart of both situations. What do you think it is?
There are steps people can take towards closing the societal-disconnect gap. Godin provides a homework assignment of sorts at his post's end:
"Here's a fun project for this week: try to do as much as you can in person. Or by phone. Especially the hard stuff."
I'm going to do this. I know I'll email less and call more.
Post a comment if you're in on this, too. Then keep commenting to let us know how it goes. Let's get this conversation started.