Our Invisible Life (part 2)

This post is an update on this blog where I challenged myself (and readers) to have some real relationships. My goal was to fight back against invisibility–to have actual contact with people outside of the internet, Twitter, and Facebook. Well, so far, so good:

Are You Becoming InvisiblePhoto Credit: Liu Bolin

Challenge #1: Write an email to a Twitter follower/followee

I actually wrote two emails here, to two different bloggers I admire and respect. The first was to Jeff Goins, who blogs on writing, blogging, and creativity. He is a friend who has recently been expanding his platform on writing and blogging.

I asked him for tips on fine-tuning my blog and my own platform. He sent me an email containing an excellent exercise on focusing my blog topic… his response to me became a blog this week on his site and others: Jeff Goins, Writer.

The second email was to John Saddington the author of the Tentblogger blog. He blogs about his experiences as a full-time professional blogger and teaches his readers how to become a successful blogger. I asked him for feedback on my blog style. He had some great feedback for me, which is good for all of us:
Make sure your blog loads quickly (mine was loading a bit too slowly)
Make sure you have a memorable name, but one that is easy to spell too (“warriorshepherd” is a little long, so if you don’t want to type it each time, why not subscribe via email or RSS feed.
Make sure your theme is up to snuff ( I really like this one, it’s Aparatus by FearlessFlyer )

Challenge #2: Phone an old friend on Facebook.

I have to admit I haven’t done this one yet. Stay tuned for part 3!

Challenge #3: Write hand-written letters to family.

My wife and I took one morning this past week to write letters to friends and family to provide an update on our family and work here in Spain as we lead a Christian missional training center called the G42 Leadership Academy. Connecting and communicating with people who have invested into our lives is critical to continuing our work here. Depending on the mood of the Spanish mailing system, they should begin to receive their letters next week.

Alright, your turn… how have you done? Or are you going to accept the challenge? Let me know how it turns out.

  • I was really grateful for this challenge dave. u00a0i wrote a couple of letters to friends who i’m very close to, but since i do that some what regularly (writing letters), i actually sent a small package to one friend, and am composing another larger package for a friend soon to just really personalize and encourage as best i can. u00a0i’ve yet to call someone as i’m never been a fan of phones…should probably just get over that. u00a0haha! u00a0and i’ve sent an email to a person i don’t know who found me via blog and just found out more about him and what he is up to. i’ll continue this challenge dave and not hide behind the red curtain of technology. u00a0which is kind of funny that i’m writing all this on your blog. u00a0maybe i should call you or write you a letter. u00a0or i can just say hi the next time i see you. u00a0thanks for the challenge… u00a0hope you continue this as well…

  • At a time when we’re all artificially “connected”, these are great challenges. thanks, Dave.

  • You could always skype… that works even better than phones… but I know you are already a skype pro!

  • Taryn Mast

    Called an old friend that I connected back with on FB, haven’t gotten in touch yet and sent a letter to my grandmother telling her how much she means to me and the things I love in her. u00a0Haven’t heard if she received it yet, should be soon. u00a0It’s a great challenge that I need to keep up. u00a0I am also challenging myself to pick up the phone more at work instead of doing EVERYTHING via email. u00a0A joyful voice in the midst of a busy days work is far over looked and can bring a smile that is much needed. Thanks Dave!

  • It’s funny how hard it is these days to make a phone call… I know the feeling. u00a0But a phone call will actually get the job done, while you never know if an email will have the desired effect. u00a0 Good point Taryn.