Change the World 2013 Blogger’s Conference: A Follow-Up on Shifting the Paradigm

(Blogger‘s Note: To see the original post about this conference gathering of like-minded individuals see http://wp.me/p2bjEC-oF and I encourage you to repost if you know of others who may be interested. ~ steve)

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A few days ago I was thinking about the potential wordpress.com would have if they offered an assembly of bloggers. Averaging half a million posts each day, they’ve created one of the most powerful communication mediums on the planet. How magnificent would it be if they organized a “conference” to further educate their users and brainstorm the possibilities?

Then I thought about it some more.

One of the things I admire most about wordpress.com is their low-key approach to organization and putting the tools in OUR hands to allow us to become better than we actually are. It would seem to fit with their “corporate” identity that they would never desire to organize such an effort.

I get that. I admire that.

But it’s still a laughable dream of mine that such a gathering would come to pass.

So what to do?

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What if the good people at wordpress.com were just waiting for someone out there in the blogosphere to get the ball rolling? Have they been sitting around a virtual conference table just wondering if they provided all the tools that someone out there would initiate such a thing?

Have they been sending us subliminal messages that such a thing would be good, and wondering who would become the First Follower inviting others to The Dance?

That was my conclusion, anyway.

Please take three minutes to view this video:

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PARADIGM SHIFT: a radical change in underlying beliefs or theory.

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There are certain things in this world that we unfortunately accept:

  • Government handouts (in the U.S.) are the solution to an impoverished life.
  • X number of children will be raised in foster care.
  • Some people will never read.
  • Hunger, for some, is a fact of life.
  • Government is broken and unfixable.
  • Warlords will continue to proliferate in the drug world and young children will be enlisted to fight for their cause.
  • The church, as we know it, is withering on the vine.
  • There will always be those without homes, living on the street.
  • International adoption is far too bureaucratic to pursue.

Those are just a few.

What if a MOVEMENT were established by a small group of committed people to shift one or more of those paradigms?

I invite you to consider these things further and contemplate the proposal published yesterday at http://wp.me/p2bjEC-oF. We’ve already seen a fair degree of interest from that initial post, but I’d like to give adequate time for you to consider this opportunity.

The world’s greatest movements have arisen from a plethora of emotions: compassion, outrage, a higher calling…but mostly they start with a simple step of faith. Consider joining me in that first step.

I admire the work of so many of you who are out there, and can’t help but believe we can pool our collective talents to do something significant. Give it some thought and feel free to contact me at stevewatkins71@yahoo.com

Together, I believe we can do something that’s crazy good.

Very sincerely yours,

Steve Watkins

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100 Posts: So Throw Me a Bone

 

Four months into the WordPress experience, I’m now 100 posts deep.

So first, help me celebrate the milestone experience; if you occasionally enjoy the blog, ever learned anything, or if it made you think for but a moment, make my day and hit the “follow” button and I’ll celebrate all day long.

Even though I’m in the midst of a series of posts, I wanted to break stride and mention a few of my favorite things about the 100 milestone mark.

Here are a few of my favorite reader comments over the last four months:

  • I’ve just been thinking about how unbalanced my life is lately and also pushing back against the philosophy that excellence requires us to win at all costs. You’ve just flipped my switch with the entry about living life generously and fully with the intention to succeed together in the best way we know how. http://wp.me/p2bjEC-7v
  • Agree. Disagree. Agree…good post. Made me think about where I stand on three issues. I like people who make me think. http://wp.me/p2bjEC-7d
  • Steve: most of the time I agree with your blog, but not today. http://wp.me/p2bjEC-7d
  • When dark seems all-encompassing, the Light is still there. Thanks for making your readers think. http://wp.me/p2bjEC-66
  • I wept when I read this. Hold on to the beautiful memories. http://wp.me/p2bjEC-5r
  • It’s beautiful, Steve. I’m sure your dad was (and is) proud of the man you’ve become. http://wp.me/p2bjEC-hH
  • Simple, yet packed with power. Thanks for this wonderful reminder. http://wp.me/p2bjEC-hm
  • Good words. Words I’ve had to listen to myself before. Thankful for grace. http://wp.me/p2bjEC-dY
  • Your title intrigued me … and I was not disappointed after I read it. I love it when I am challenged regarding how I act, react and think. That is what this post did. http://wp.me/p2bjEC-9z
  • Good thing you put the disclaimer at the end. I was about to tell you: Dream on Dude! http://wp.me/p2bjEC-9g
  • Thank God for Dana (my wife) because if it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have my best friend back in my life. Love you both. http://wp.me/p2bjEC-7N
  • I’m learning a lot about God and Light through your blog. http://wp.me/p2bjEC-2l

These are just a couple of my favorite photos from the past 100 posts:

Mom, me and my Dad in 1991. One of our best cotton crops ever.

Sunset on the Pacific coast of Puerto Cayo, Ecuador.

My wife, Dana, one of the ways I love her best.

Another great shot of Dana on the Pacific Beach. Smokin.

My beautiful girls. Emma and Sophie.

But this is the image that probably inspires me most. After 100 posts; 6,324 hits in 47 countries. I love this.

For a related post on my secondary blog you can go here: http://wp.me/p2wzTk-1o

It’s an Honor: An Open Letter to WordPress Bloggers and Those Who Read My Blog

“If you would not be forgotten as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” ~ Ben Franklin

On any given day, there are at least half a million blog posts on wordpress.com

It’s a dose of reality reminding me that my work is just another grain of sand on a long stretch of beach.

When it comes to writing, I’m a purist. I don’t do “musings,” or “ramblings.” Poetry’s not my bag, and I won’t be sharing recipes with you any time soon. There’s a place in the blogging world for all those things, I suppose. It’s just not particular cup of tea.

There’s an irony to my blogging posts. By day, I’m a private, guarded person with a close circle of only a few friends to whom the guard comes down. But at the keyboard, something magnificent happens because it allows transparency to flow.

I will share with you, the blogging world, my shortcomings, my failures, and more importantly the lessons learned. And I say a prayer before hitting the “publish” button that it will make a difference in someone’s life on any given day. It’s a powerful thing and an honor to be able to share.

Every writer’s greatest honor is to be read.

It’s a rush to sit in a rural corner of northeast Arkansas, USA, and see that someone in Gibraltar or the Netherlands, New Zealand or Indonesia has taken time out of his or her day to read your work.

It brightens my day when someone takes time to read and “like” the blog post of the day.

And whether they agree or disagree, it’s a thrill when a reader comments and gives feedback to the words you typed earlier in the morning.

I’m thankful to have a creative outlet to share an experience, thought or opinion.

And so know this: When you read my blog, you do me the highest honor, you make my day and you reinforce the purpose within me.

For that, I am thankful.

(Blogger‘s note: For the next two weeks, I’ll be blogging from Puerto Cayo, Ecuador with my wife where we’ll be sharing experiences from our own “Amazing Race.” See you on the equator.)