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My job title, "Minister of Enlightenment," has always been confusing to people, though it did get me press when I first adopted it way back when. Since my original responsibilities involved corporate training, I originally emphasized, the "educational" aspect of enlightenment. As I moved into a role that emphasized public speaking on the company's behalf, I emphasized the "getting the word out"/PR side of enlightenment. Now that I'm officially in a marketing function, and maintain a blog focused on marketing careers, I sort of combine the two aspects. Nevertheless, since I still get a lot of questions about blogs - what are they, who writes them, etc. - and the meaning of my title, I fear the my explanations have not been as enlightening as I would have wished.

Matt--I love your title!

"Minister of Enlightenment" is one of the best I've heard! But yes, it also sounds like a lot of pressure too. :-)

For sure, when you're at a cocktail party, when someone asks you what you do and you say "I'm a Minister of Enlightenment", I'm sure you have everyone's undivided attention!

Thanks for chiming in :-)

Cheers,
Sharon

Most of my family will not read my blog. Strange. I've emailed it to them, told them about it, tried to entice them by describing what I'm writing about.

It's a block about what blogging is. They don't understand it, and there seems to be a lot of fear about it. I wonder what kind of horrible things they think I'm involved in through blogging! ;)

I've let it go trying to get them involved with it. They know where to find me — and my blog — if they're ready to take the plunge.

KG, thanks for chiming in on this.

I totally relate to this. When I started my blog, I was all excited about it. I thought it was so cool. I sent everyone the URL and expected offline folks I know to start showing up, reading and leaving comments and stuff.

To this day, no one that I know offline reads my blog. I think they just think it's a frivolous endeavor or that it's like MySpace or something. I don't know. But it's fine with me that they don't read it--blogging is not their thing, and it's not the sort of thing you can push on folks. Either you're into it or you're not.

I also kind of like that I have a "secret" life (even though it's not a real secret). When you know that no one you know in "real life" is reading your blog, you can write about things in a much freer way, I think.

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