Blogging in the Second Person: Open Correspondence for a Social Web?

When we bloggers refer to one another’s posts, we usually default to writing in the third person. I suspect this is because writing publicly incentivizes accessibility for the broadest possible audience. Whatever the reason may be, the third person voice is the ‘genre tradition’ of blogging. We tend to write sentences like this: In a …

If you can’t do anything about it, why are you worrying about it?

[This is part one of a series reevaluating some propositions that I perceived as crucial and important in my early thirties.] Proposition: I can­not con­trol peo­ple or sit­u­a­tions, only my responses and reac­tions to them. I have noth­ing to lever­age for my own hap­pi­ness except my own attitude. Since writing the above paragraph in 2010, …

Everyone is unreasonable

Everyone is unreasonable sometimes. Reasonable people readily admit this. Chronically unreasonable people believe (and insist) that they are always reasonable.

One of the most valuable things

One of the most valuable things another person can tell me is that they do not understand what I am saying. This is a great gift. Only an honest intervention like this can save me from the ongoing futility of talking only to myself.

Dinner parties

The world needs more dinner parties. Seriously, they make the world a better place. Do your part and host one today.

I Heart Your Icon

Dave Humphrey recently wrote a post on the possibility of expressing love online. His question, essentially, was this: can humans genuinely express love (deep friendship, appreciation) to one another over the medium of digital communication? Reflecting on his post reminded me of some statements made by Hans Urs Von Balthasar in Love Alone is Credible, …