Are You Ready for Love? And Other Social Media DOHs (aka Stan Faryna feat Moby)
by Stan Faryna
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This blog post was inspired by @makeness, @mylifestylemax, @janetcallaway, @drjackking, and a few other people that don’t do Twitter.
I’m letting them go. Things. All the things that don’t make me happy. Right now.
See them fly away.
I was on Danny Brown’s blog when I noticed a comment by Illana Burk (aka @makeness on Twitter). I liked Illan’s comment. So I headed over to her blog, Makeness, and I happened to read her blog post titled, Are you afraid of your readers?
Illana makes some nice points. For example, selling is a skill.
Illana suggests that the big problem with unsuccessful bloggers is they don’t sell. Because selling seems wrong. Because they don’t have a strategy. Or, maybe, because they don’t have something to sell.
I left a comment. And that comment became a self-revelation. For me. Maybe, for you too.
I didn’t want to contradict you. I’m sorry Illana – if that’s how my comment came across. Forgive me.
In my comment to Illana’s post, I found myself expressing something that was coming to the surface. Welling up from my heart. Even deeper. My soul. Maybe, even deeper than that.
I wrote in my comment that I’m beyond the buying and selling. I’m into giving it away.
Because the life I have isn’t what I’d seen. The sky’s not blue and the fields, not green.
We need to see leadership beyond buying and selling. The buyer is the follower who follows such and such for this or that reason – often the wrong reasons. The seller is the leader who pretends they have a compelling vision that will bring you happiness, success, wealth, change, etc.
It is the serving nature of leadership for which we all yearn. Why? Because it gives. It follows and leads. And it makes no promise other than to expect nothing in return.
Myself, I never tried to monetize my blog. Because that wouldn’t have been sharing.
Any advertising you see on my blog is courtesy of the WordPress corporation. And they deserve whatever they get. Because WordPress provides me with a free platform to give it.
But just because I didn’t monetize my blog, that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t have jumped at an opportunity to do so for big bucks. But making the comment that I’ve made on Illana’s blog, I feel it necessary to unhitch even any unconscious ambitions I had for my blog. About ever making any kind of money with my blog.
I’m letting them go. Right now.
See them fly away.
And, maybe, I need to take it a step further. Maybe, I need to give away my things. The things I love. Because I don’t really love things. Things don’t have a heart. Or soul.
And, most importantly, they don’t love us back. They can’t. They’re just things.
So now we are beyond the maybe. But, honestly, I’m not sure how to do it.
I can take pictures. You’ll have to pay for packing and shipping. And you’ll have to figure out the shipping from my place to yours. Some things can’t leave Romania “easily” because they may be considered cultural treasures. But if you’re serious, we could figure things out.
The hardest part will be deciding who gets what. For example, if 1000 people want a Poltrona Frau Hydra armchair designed by Luca Scacchetti (it retails for about $5000), how will I decide who should get it? Obviously, you shouldn’t ask for it if you can’t afford packing and shipping.
Share your thoughts with me. How should I structure the giveaway so that people have an equal and fair chance to be touched by the fleeting enthusiasm of unexpected windfall? Perhaps, be touched in deeper ways. To be connected. To celebrate the world. And others.
To be changed. To change, together. And, together, to change the world for the better.
Help me figure this out. Help me to be true and forever. Help me to be happy. To be free.
P.S. Thank you, Moby. Thank you for personally giving us permission to use your song in this blog post.
I’m letting go of things. And I’m afraid.
I’m letting go of things. Because I’m ready to love.
25 July 2011
Faryna Podcasts recently produced by Adrian Klein:
1. Why do I blog: Faryna Podcast EP1
2. If Tomorrow Was Your Last Day: Faryna Podcast EP2
3. Money Can’t Buy Happiness: Faryna Podcast EP3
4. The First Duty of Love is to Listen: Faryna Podcast EP4
Faryna Podcast EP5 Information
Are You Ready for Love? And Other Social Media DOHs by Stan Faryna. ©2011 Some Rights Reserved.
Produced by Adrian Klein. http://www.adrianklein.co.uk
Music: Moby. Wait For Me. All Rights Reserved by Moby.