One of the reasons I started this blog is that I wanted to be able to express ideas and thoughts that I found I had no other appropriate avenue to do so. This has mostly been me talking to myself, and maybe a few friends here and there, but the past few days have been strange for me.

People started to talk back…

First, my trackback ping to Diego on Objective media started a conversation, and really challenged me to clarify my thoughts and thing a little harder.

Secondly, I posted on the Echo effort (it was named Pie yesterday) and (rightly) got pushback for shooting my mouth off without thinking and reading more.

This is a new experience for me, and a welcome one. Not because someone out there is reading my blog (haha), but because it challenges me and forces me to think about what I’m saying. Rather than just expressing opinions, I have to ground them and back them up. And this can only be a good thing!

I do hope the dialogue continues and grows. It’s what I want in my life, to have constructive exchanges that help me to learn more about the topics I explore, and by extension more about myself. Very cool.

And I have to say – trackback scares me now! In a good way I suppose. It makes me stop and ask myself “have you thought this through” before I post. I know that blogs are about just speaking your mind, and to a certain extent that won’t change here. But at other times, particularly when I’m being critical or presenting someone else’s words, I will think twice and make sure that what I am saying helps, and isn’t just mouthing off for the sake of it.