Blogtalk radio and the show hosts, myself included, first and foremost is a microcosm of the larger world, in that what you find on Blogtalk are people from different walks of life, who have had different experiences, who find a way to voice their opinions, share information, meet others, etc. This is also true of the popular YouTube, Facebook, and Ning sites. There will also be occasions when there will be people who just can't seem to get along, who don't like each other, who don't allow others to be who they be and who wish to impose themselves on others via these programs. That happens in REAL life which is why Blogtalk is so real and real feelings are involved. What I realize and never forget is that when I visit a hosts show, I remember that it is the HOST'S show. I learned that over time because I have a tendency to be "wordy" in my commentary. So I reserve my extensive commentaries for my own show. There are shows that I have visited and hosted myself when callers have literally taken over. I mean their voices are louder than the host!! It is irritating and disrespectiful and makes me aware how full of themselves people can be when they can't recognize that they are overpowering someone elses program and it also keeps me in check of myself as well. Still I will MUTE THAT BUTT!!
SUPPORTING OTHER SHOWS
I generally lend faithful support to shows which faithfully support my show. Even though supporting my show is not a requirement for me to tune into another host's show, as a practictiooner of the Principles of MAAT, reciprocity being one of those principles, I tend to be a regular and dedicated listener of show hosts that regularly tune in and support my show. It is literally impossible for me to tune in EVERY time but I try as much as I can and offer reasons to the hosts as to why I could not. Even for those who occasionally drop by, stay for a while to hear what is being talked about and leave if it is not interesting to them, I understand that and because I do it too, so I am not offended at all. Many people NEED listeners, track em, send out invites and emails, I fail to do that and I probably should. And as much as I LIKE listeners, I don't feel bad when people don't listen because generally, I have a plan as to what I want to talk about, something I want to get out into the "atmosphere" so I let it rip. Here's a secret: I read books out loud. It's like in order for me to really understand it, I have to hear it. So I have learned that my learning is from HEARING not seeing or any of the other sensory perceptions.
Also what I have learned is that when callers call, they can take the show to a different place and I allow that because I overstand how conversations can kinda flow from one place to another in a "chat". In other words, in a environment where people feel free to add on, include, or connect other subjects to the one that may be on the table is liberating to me. However, there are times when I MUST take control of the conversations as they can get out of hand. And I WILL mute folks until I can get some order. A lot of times I have heard, be it on Blogtalk, or even conventional radio stations that it is the "peoples" station, well that is just not the whole truth because there is this little thing called censoring. So the host or program manager has the power to censure or block anyone they damn well please even for something as frivilous as disagreeing with them or saying something they did not like. Trust me, I have seen it happen. I know hosts who won't take phone call or block a person in the chat room. It is unbelieveable when it happens especially when the individual is not disruptive but simply in disagreement with what is being said. Sad but true.
FINALLY THE CONCLUSION
It's funny how we subconsciously impose ourselves on other people without thinking about it. I have learned to "state and not debate" when I know I am correct about something. I also have a tendency to draw attention to patterns of thinking and expose them when they contradict what we SAY we are about. I certainly have not gained a lot of "friends" from that, LOL. I have learned so much from participating in other shows and one thing in particular is to keep it simple. Still having the opportunity to reach people through the Blogtalk medium has its rewards and I enjoy them. I have always had an outlet to let my voice be heard and this is one of them.
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