If you are like me you had at least one terribly earnest and earnestly boring teacher in school who was determined to make society better with you as the tool (sometimes I think I AM this teacher).
One absolute favorite activity of this type of teacher was to play the ‘rumor game’. Remember sitting in a circle and whispering a message from ear to ear? Ostensibly, the purpose was to teach you something about verbal communication but the REAL, socially redeeming purpose was to set you up for a heartfelt discussion about the evils of gossiping.
I was the one who deliberately changed the message; every time.
Not only did changing the message deliver up a softball for the teacher, it was fun to see what I could get away with and to see if I could actually start a good rumor or two in a given class.
Trust me, this is going someplace albeit slowly, JUST LIKE THE CIRCLE!
It goes without saying that to be cool now you must have a blog, or at least talk about your blog although you take the risk that someone might actually quit writing theirs for a moment to check yours. But what if you are too busy?
The answer is “comments”! Yes, I am talking about that narcissistic section of every blog where the author tries to get you to talk about them. With a little thought, really very little, you too can be part of the game.
Taking what you know about the ‘rumors game’ go to the blog of your choice. Skip reading the blog; go straight to ‘comments’. Make up a name and write a completely random sentence or two. It helps if your comment is politically incorrect, or at least a little snarky. Hit ‘submit’ and watch the games begin!
Even if you are too busy to write a complete blog you can now rest assured that you can at least talk about ‘comments’ and who’s going to know? They will all be too busy reading the email responses to the comments they made