Today (just today!) nerdfighters around the world have loaned more than $50,000 to entrepreneurs throughout the developing world, from Rwanda to Kosovo.
That’s more money than the kiva nerdfighter group loaned in its first YEAR. Happy Birthday, Hank!
If you want to join the lending binge, check out the nerdfighter kiva group!
I love Tumblr…big big love. And I like that you can like or reblog something without commenting on it, because, like, not everything needs commentary…not everything needs to be analyzed to be amplified.
But when I post original content (specifically blog posts or videos) I really like to know what people think about those things…and more than just the sliding scale of “how many notes did this get.” I want deeper information than that, and so I’m always diving into the notes to see what people say when they reblog stuff, but mostly, people don’t say anything.
YouTube comments are great, but one of the things Tumblr is really great at is facilitating a broader public discussion. And I’m not saying people should go out of their way to comment on a reblog, nor am I saying that there aren’t often lots of good discussions, but I just dove down about 200 notes deep on this thing that I posted and didn’t see a single additional word associated with any reblogs.
Is Tumblr becoming (or has it always been) a place where you define yourself simply by the things that you like, and not by the things you say and think? I know some people aren’t comfortable sharing themselves like that, but it’s almost always worthwhile to say something if you have something to say.
I guess what I’m saying is that the internet is a two-way street…we are all creators…I don’t ever want to lose that.
Sometimes we don’t think our thoughts are things that others care to understand. (This is usually reinforced when you suddenly lose followers because of something you said, especially if you actually spent some effort crafting your message. It’s like someone going “you know, I thought better of you before, but I think you’re stupid now.” Having to put ourselves in the position of potentially being ridiculed or otherwise cut down is difficult, especially when you grow up believing any kind of vulnerability is unacceptable.
Then there is you and John. I’m pretty sure most people who follow you know what you’re like and that you’re super respectful, considerate, thoughtful guys. But you’re also people that we look up to…. I’m not really clear on this- it’s just a passing thought- but maybe some of us care too much what you think of our replies, and by extension us.
Another passing thought… diffusion of responsibility? I’m guessing lots of people think things like “Why would I want to say something that I’m pretty sure someone has already said, possibly in a more articulate and interesting way than I ever could?” or ”Someone else can say it.”
Only about 2% of my followers actually say anything to me ever (invitations are always open, guys, really). I don’t even need a whole hand to count those responders with. Fortunately when they do message it’s usually to send a kind word or to say something super interesting and insightful. Still, few and far between…
For contrast, I estimate maybe 30% of my followers reblog stuff consistently (usually only fandom related things). Some of them respond in tags, but to see those responses, I’d have to hunt down every one of their notes and just… effort
“The apocalypse has occurred.”
— Hank Green
My most recent video was a really hard one to get in at under 4:00. I cut quite a lot out of the original script, and then I had to cut a number of things out of the video itself. So I just want to share a few of those things here:
Sometimes I think that the fact that we don’t really know who we are, but are too proud to realize it, is why astrology is so appealing. It’s like “the universe” having a way of telling you who you’re supposed to be. And you read this nice, insightful thing about who you’re supposed to be and what’s up with you in your life right now, and it feels awesome because it’s so damn difficult to figure out who you are…it’s nice to have the universe do it for you.
Vulnerability might feel terrible sometimes, but it’s one of the most important aspects of relationships. Vulnerability, it seems to me, is the exact same thing as confidence. If you can let yourself be vulnerable…pull a ridiculous dance move, dress like a fool, say something really honest about yourself, you’re making yourself vulnerable.
A lot of times you hear people say that what attracts them to a person is their confidence, but really what they mean is they are attracted to that vulnerability, because when you take down your walls, other people will be more comfortable taking down their walls with you.
This is how I got every single girlfriend ever, including Katherine.
Racism, and prejudice in general, is basically just the act of building your idea of a person based on extremely limited information. (I should’ve been able to fit this in, but I said it in a kind of long-winded way.)
Who I am is like one of the most fundamental questions of sentience and people go around telling me to “just” be it! Who do they think they are!
And finally, I don’t think I thought long enough about the “friendships are the currency by which we should all be judged” line. I don’t think I really agree with that. So…if you don’t mind, I will retract it.
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