The only rule is that there are no rules. There may be guidelines. But there are no rules.
I like rules, even if it’s just for the principle of breaking them. I enjoy rules. Communication, especially through social media, is not bound by rules. It’s an art not an exact science. It’s subjective and dynamic. It’s challenging. The last 10 weeks have been very challenging.
Reflecting back over my last 10 posts, I finally see what my biggest challenges really were.
1) Terror. I’m at a point in my education where I am leaving the protection of the classroom and I’m emerging as an expert. People think I’m an expert. This is terrifying. At times when I was writing a post, I had a glimpse of the terror. Shudder.
2) Meaning. It means something to me. It means something to me to have you really see the story I am telling and really connect with the message. It’s challenging to be satisfied with words when those words are representing something meaningful.
3) You. You, the anonymous audience are a challenge. It’s all about you. What you’ll read, what you’ll like, what you won’t like, how to capture you. You are a challenge and you are powerful. But you are very rewarding and I thank you very much for your responses and comments – I have learned so much from you.
It was a challenging task – but I had help. Melissa Strickland, Nora Kuiper, and Seema Jolly diligently read and critiqued each post pre-publish. Holla ladies. A special thanks to Melissa for dealing with me when I was in the “beyond.” For those who don’t know of the “beyond” – it’s that place you go when you decide, “well, I’m just not going to post tomorrow.” For the record, I never skipped a post.
One more thanks to all readers and commenters. A couple comments have really stuck with me:
- PFAnderson’s guidance on citing images! I have no excuse to ever get this wrong.
- Maryse’s advice given on my very first post: don’t narrow my audience and always try to continue the story into the “what next stage.”
Hope everyone has enjoyed their MTSG experience. I have.