After I let off a little steam in my rant yesterday, I got to thinking more about an idea a friend put in my head, about how I reach more people through those I talk to in the form of a ripple effect. It sounds good on paper, doesn’t it? Thing is, it works even better than it sounds. Word of mouth is still the best advertisement. Why else would social media be a thing? If there’s one thing we humans love to do, it’s talk. And we’re curious by nature, assuming our time in school hasn’t beaten that out of us.
So here’s what I’ve been thinking. From the outside looking in, I’m not exactly the picture of society’s “normal.” I know, I know… what is normal? It’s on the Venn diagram between whatever you’re used to and what most other people around you seem to be, which is also a matter of perception. Not everyone uses the same diagram for just that reason, and I don’t appear even in my own. Being unusual these days is a mark of distinction for some, and it’s a mark of concern for others. Let’s just put some cards on the table, shall we? I’m transgender, I’m pagan, I have zero use for pumpkins (or any other squash) as a food or flavoring, and I didn’t much care for Harry Potter. Unless you run in or around these circles, I’m a bit of a weirdo.
I’ve got this old blog project that hasn’t seen much movement recently because, let’s face it, people tend to read blog posts via feeds instead of pages, so things get buried. For some reason that I always find both flattering and somewhat odd, some new people have started following me since last I mentioned this was even an option (hello and welcome, new readers!). The project is called Reader Requests. It’s exactly what it sounds like: it’s your opportunity to ask me questions about pretty much anything that’s on your mind… within reason, of course. The idea is to demystify things so that they’re perhaps a little easier to accept or at least tolerate. The world’s a pretty divided place right now, and it seems like the more progress we make, the more the hatemongers push back. I don’t want to be a part of that cycle. I can’t sustain enough negative energy to get in people’s faces and scream all day. And I’ve got a bit of a sore throat today from my soapbox yesterday. Funny how that works.
I don’t pretend to have a lot of answers, but I can offer my own personal perspectives and make things perhaps a bit less scary or strange. Or maybe I’ll make it worse. Hard to say how or when a train wreck will unfold. Likewise, if I’ve offended you on something (odds are good that’s happened), this is your chance to stick it to me and make me
dig my hole even deeper explain myself. Or maybe… just maybe… this will encourage people to talk to one another. Maybe some of you will end up conversing with each other. See, it’s less of a bully pulpit for me and more of a round table discussion among friends. Wacky idea, right? I love wacky ideas.
Here’s how it works.
Option 1: ask your question(s) in the comments section below. For those who don’t know, comments on this site are moderated to further eliminate spam traffic.
Option 2: shimmy over to my contact page and ask your question directly via email.
When asking your question via email, please let me know if you’d be good with me posting your question on a blog post, and let me know if you’d want me to post your name or remain anonymous. Either way is good with me. I can also just respond directly to your email as well, and you can avoid being part of the blog circus. If you post a comment, I’ll assume you’re part of the show.
There’s no time limit to this. Maybe you have a friend of a sister’s cousin’s friend with a question that comes up months from now that you think might be worth putting out here. Go for it.
I don’t say it nearly enough, but thank you for reading and for putting up with me, in whatever state of disarray you find me. I turn the floor over to you.