You know, half the stuff of this blog isn’t written by me.
But you already knew that. Because it’s written by readers like you.
One of the things I’m proud of about this blog is that the hundreds of thousands of words I’ve written here have been matched, even outnumbered by all of you. I have been constantly encouraged, challenged and humored by you for over two years.
Yet, with the exception of just a few of you, I have never met the kind of person who comments here. I’ve been swapping comments, blogs and emails with some of you for two years, but we’ve never talked face to face. Each of you has a story, a life, a struggle, a triumph that I think must be infinitely more interesting than my own. And I want to hear them.
I don’t know of any other bloggers that have done this, so it makes me feel more awesome than usual for thinking of it. I think of myself as a bridge builder, and I want to meet the people that show up here each week. I want to meet this community face to face.
I’ve recently discovered the joys of video chatting for free with Skype. My Skype name is the same as my Twitter handle: MattTCoNP. Here’s what I want you to do. If you’re not on Skype, sign up. It’s free. You just need a webcam, and those are super cheap. If you are on Skype, tell me your screen name so I can find you, and you add me to your contact list.
Then, let’s chat! I’ve got time on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Pick a time, and I’ll be there. If you’ve got friends that read this blog too, let’s have a group chat. That would be fun. I’m on Central time, so don’t confuse me.
Here’s what you can expect if you Skype with me:
I will ask you about your life, home, family, job, and/or church.
You may ask me about anything you are curious about. I will give humorous anecdotes about my life, but your expectations for the humorousness and quality of said anecdotes should not be too high. If you request it, I will offer you advice on a variety of topics including blogging, church, being awesome, hygiene, and what you should cook for dinner.
I will be fully dressed. I may be wearing a velvet smoking jacket with an ascot and slippers and drinking fine champagne, but I will be dressed.
You will also be fully dressed, and remain as such at all times.
If you’ve got something heavy in your life you need to talk or pray about, we can do that. If you just want to chit chat, that’s great too. If you want to argue with me about something, bring it on.
You may be surprised that I’m not very photogenic. In real life, I’m a ten. Like Daniel Craig handsome. But the camera adds ten pounds of ugly. My voice may also annoy you. If this is true, keep it to yourself.
We will talk for about twenty minutes. There will be no obligation for you to Skype with me again. We will remain low-maintanence internet friends if you wish.
I know this isn’t for everyone. The internet affords a nice level of privacy and anonymity, and I know most of you won’t take me up on the offer. Honestly, I’ll be pleasantly surprised if just one of you actually wants to talk to me.
But if you’re up for it, leave a comment or send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org), tell me your screenname, and I’ll look forward to talking to you.