I’m turning into a hack. That’s right: this morning I outsmarted Blogger. First by uploading an old template when our old one “failed” (not showing anything of our site but the first three posts), then figuring out how to link to a picture outside of Blogger without actually using Blogger’s wildly temperamental upload software (which wasn’t working again). I have to say, I’m feeling pretty smug right now.
But that’s not what this post is about. This post stems from an e-versation I had this past weekend with a respected blogger-in-the-biz after lamenting that we had less than a dozen entries in our WU AlphaSmart 3000 contest, even though about a gazillion people visited to read all about it. He said he thought he was unboxed but would be hard-put to explain how in order to enter. Besides, he mused:
“How do you claim to be something that’s clearly a superior kind of human being without sounding bragadocious?…especially on the Internet, where what you say lasts forever and goes around the world.”
Two other writers I know said something different:
“Great contest. I’d love an alphasmart!”
But when I encouraged them to enter the contest they said:
“I don’t think I’m unboxed enough. Maybe I’ll buy an AlphaSmart.”
The blood on my keyboard is not from overtaxed fingers today; it’s from banging my head against it. Still, all of this clarified something for me: maybe Kath and I needed to explain what unboxed means to US and why every writer is at least a little unboxed, whether they know it or not.
Which is exactly what we did… [Read more…]