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  1. It could be argued in today’s world that everyone’s an attention whore. It’s kind of the nature of how we live our lives thanks to reality television, social media and these ephemeral channels of attention and fame. There are times when I consider my blog and think, “At least I have this detailed and deep-rooted archive, instead of tweets that are here today, gone tomorrow.” I definitely agree that when we really lean in to the art of storytelling, we move beyond that “look at me” mentality and start to do the real work as bloggers of connecting with others. Great post.

  2. Interesting share. I would agree with the gentleman about the reason behind the shares and sharing within reason for a purpose. I know for myself when I decided to go the blog route it was for sharing of information and uplifting it wasn’t for wow is me and drama. I am also a very private person so when I do share a personal matter it is very minimal, just enough to get point across. Yetti another good one!

  3. I don’t think actors get called attention whores, or authors, or producers, or musicians, not simply by virtue of doing what they do. Artists do not get called attention whores for being artists. But somehow there is this perception that writers – people who tell THEIR stories, not, say, novelists – are in it for the personal glory, that they just like the sound of their own voice, that navel-gazing is there number-one hobby.

    I don’t understand how an art as valid as any other makes us attention whores, but like you said – some people don’t understand storytelling. And frankly, those are the people I worry about, because they’re people who aren’t able to see the value in other people’s stories. It’s too bad for them; I think they’re the ones missing out on hearing so many beautiful perspectives & experiences.

  4. 100% agree. I believe in the power in storytelling. it’s crazy that folks are not able to see blogging as another medium. as others have already said, it’s no different from being an author of a book, or a screenwriter, or a musician? i think the agency employed through blogging makes folks uneasy. for so long art was curated by a select few, even music, but once the creators began curating then a stigma is attached to the work. I mean look at the way folks reacted to Drake selling his “mixtape” lol. I hope I didn’t lose you but I see a connection.