My gal pal Inna Hardison ROCKS! I love plain spoken people. She was kind enough to make this availale for a re-blog. Enjoy! :-)
A rather common way to teach someone to swim where I grew up was to throw the subject off the shore or a boat and watch as the child sank, terrified. Some paddled their way out on the first try and were fine from that point on, others were pulled out by their ‘teachers' and got dropped right back in. It was not a practice I condoned, especially when attempted on me, but it sure as hell made me desperately want to learn how not to sink.
In one way shape or form, at least in the era before ambassadors, most of us got sort of thrown into the waters of AR, and have been learning to swim ever since.
There are those who intuitively navigated to the shallow end, where approval of some popular member was guaranteed to be within reach, and they have played in the Rain safely ever since. There are others that took off the life vests and dived as deep as they could reach, gasping for air, at times, on the verge of drowning, and some indeed drowned. Those I actually remember.
The ones following with one hand always extended to the shore line, with their bland yet always within bounds of propriety and the image of perceived professionalism posts or comments- not so much. I don't know who any of these people are, but more importantly, I am not interested in finding out. Plainly, I don't give a shit.
Over the last week or so, the featured dash board of this sea lit up with posts that rubbed many of us the wrong way. Posts, with whose premise the majority of the professionals on here disagreed, and then, there was a counter point or two featured to add balance to the madness. Some of these even devolved without corporate interference to bitch-slapping sessions and gutter talk, and a few people made themselves look like total jackasses. Kudos to AR for bringing back a bit of that long lost luster of intuitive dialogue, of honest back and forth, of, at times, sheer fun. Of course everything has its consequences, and the price of diving too deep while lacking adequate skill can result in drowning. The members who take these dives are aware of it and take their chances.
For those who sit on the shore and wait for someone to jump in to see if they swim the way that they approve of - get a life, or find the nearest remote control, and let the rest of us blog in peace.
My use of a few cuss words in this here post WILL NOT make you appear to anyone as a lousy real estate agent or mortgage broker. You are the only one who can do that to yourself. But to this here blogger - lack of courage and intellectual honesty will, as will your desire to make this organic network into something stifled. We've been there, and it's good to have a bit of the old AR back.
Copyright 2010, Inna Hardison. Don't steal from the starving artists, cause it's illegal and just plain freakin' wrong. If you want to republish this - just ask.
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