This is less a post and more of a request. I have opened a page solely for topic suggestions from other people. Part of the reason is that I criticized Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP site for not welcoming comments. I would like to expand beyond being open to your comments to welcoming topics others of you may be interested in. Like everyone else on this planet, I know a little about a lot and a lot about a little. I know my strengths and I am the very first to admit my limitations. As a matter of fact, it seems that the older I get, the more I realize how little I really know. I have seen your comments here, at Lynn’s and at Q’s place just to mention a couple of them. I have seen incredibly smart, funny and thoughtful opinions, many based on personal and professional experiences. I know how much you can bring to the table.
I guess you have already figured out that it isn’t all Housewives all the time here. That leaves just about everything else. The very same rules for discussion that apply out in the real world apply here too. There are enough sites out there for political and/or religious debates. I have only one other additional personal promise. I won’t blog about other bloggers in any negative way. I won’t comment about other comments on other sites unless they add something of value to the conversation. I know the fragile nature of the written word, and how nuance is lost and tone can be misinterpreted. I also understand the fragile nature of people and how feelings can be hurt. A few days ago, I mentioned that the work put into this by myself and all other bloggers is a challenge every day. It’s like having to write a paper a day for class the next morning.
There are a whole bunch of opinions out there about a whole bunch of “stars” – reality and otherwise. Some people feel very strongly about some topics and I understand that, too. I can be mulish and dig in my heels when there is a subject that I feel passionate about. I have also seen people take some of this to a very different level. I tell my husband, only half jokingly, that a Twitter account should come with a helmet and bullet proof vest. That “140 words or less” thing is sometimes a war zone. So I will try to keep in mind that gossip and rumors about Taylor Armstrong, Teresa Giudice or Tamra Barney do not reach the same level of controversy as Karl Rove, Scooter Libby and Dick Cheney outing Valerie Plame’s CIA status. We’re just watching foolish women and men, acting and speaking very foolishly.
Long ago, someone told me that you never learn anything when your mouth is moving. I like that and try, everyday, to listen more. I don’t want you to agree with everything I write. Debate is fun and healthy. If I wanted you only to agree, then I would type the post, get it off my chest and hit delete. I have some good ideas, but they’re not the only ideas. The suggestion box is open.
This is completely off topic, but I know that Facebook is about to hold its IPO. Those who know about these things believe that it will mean a personal wealth for CEO Mark Zuckerberg of about $28,000,000,000. That comes to about $1,000,000,000 for every year he has been on the planet. Not bad, kid. Not bad at all. The flip side is what it will mean for FB users now that it’s a publicly traded company.