When I purged the old forum from a mega bot invasion several years ago, I managed to purge all the real-people participants as well. My apologies. I miss you. Now, several years later, resolve finally decided to saunter back. Dancing Partners now sports a newly spruced web look, better accessibility and basic blog. My tech friend is currently working towards exposure in the hashtag arena. These endeavors, along with seeking out an agent/publisher, a handful of participating comrades, and all the help I can afford to buy, begin our 2020 efforts to finally get this endeavor aloft.
As blog participation develops so will the blog itself. Eventually, the blog will be replaced by a consensus-building forum. And, that’s the goal. Call it participating in social awareness or activism but this communal beast must find the means to empower our voice or we won’t stand much chance to favorably affect how our watch goes down.
Yes, I’m happy to engage those who email but I stress to them the same message: it is our voice that must blossom which is to mean participating in open dialogue. And, that’s usually why my email interaction dwindles so I am well aware of the 1st hurdle we must overcome. DP blog comes with queried dialogue to help ease us into participation similarly to the way authors use topic discussion at their books end. However, Dancing Partners is a mass summons so the queries are geared toward us in order for a more accurate face painting to emerge. It is the mass who must fairly apprise themselves. We yam what we yam! So, what is that?
To construct our face painting, it begins with one stroke at a time. I’ve laid out the canvas. You, the each of you reading this, must begin the painting. So, let’s do this! Let’s activate activism!
1) How did you find Dancing Partners? (This query helps us hone our targeting skills).
2) Which Installment, phrase or reality spurred you to participate here or, did you have to read the whole thing before engaging?
3) Have you decided to share this with others and if so, at which juncture in the reading and at what level of encouragement did you provide?
4) If you are not too far along, please pause enough to encourage a friend or group to read with you. The value of group reading is well known by participants but for this endeavor, it is critical. A richer experience equates to a fuller blossoming. So if you are group reading, then what are some of the topics stoking that drive for a richer experience?
5) How would you like to see this grassroots effort develop? Does it hold your interest enough to compel you to participate at any grassroot level and if so, what do you see as your best foot forward in that level of participation? For instance; you are a social media natural, you have tech skills, you have some bucks to buy an ad to promote this. You have neither skill or money but are compelled to share this with family, friends, coworkers, fellow students, academics.
6) A fairly apprised assessment of who we are is critical which means getting personal. For instance, what is the average participant age here? Are College students the average participant? Who is? I suspect participation will first begin in young adult circles. The value gleaned? We will know, not suspect, that young adults definitely care and are concerned. And, we will also glean that older us, those we assume do care and are concerned, are at the very least—not online much! We need to reach every human passionate about the future. This is the one and only qualifying factor here. Well, I guess there is one more qualifier. Come here with a desire to add to this endeavor. To come bent on ranting about those others, whoever they are, does disqualify.