The first article I published after the great change at Newsvine didn't get much attention, and that was quite disappointing for me. I realize one reason I was so demoralized is that I had never, out of 184 articles, failed to reach the 5 vote “popular” article threshold. Now any “popularity” we may garner will come to us in different ways than it once did. One of the foundational innovative ideas of the original Vine (perhaps “the” foundational idea) was that votes brought visibility. That isn't the case anymore… so I guess we will need to find other ways to be seen.
I came to the Vine 4 and a half years ago… I was almost 58 at the time, and I had lived almost all of those 58 years in a “metaphorical cave.” I was terribly depressed and lonely… invisible. The Vine provided a place where I could be “seen”... I have been seen… and that visibility helped to lift me out that dark and lonely cave. A few years ago someone from the Vine wrote to me saying this…
“You seem to inspire me to respond from the heart.”
That opening line was followed by a lengthy letter… and then closed with this paragraph…
“Anyway, my point is, please keep writing, because you can make a difference. I apologize for writing a book, and probably giving you more info than you ever wanted to know, but like I said, your articles and comments inspire people to think.”
More than I ever wanted to know???
The unsolicited and unmistakably sincere words of that letter are one of the greatest gifts I have ever received! If I didn't know I was seen before I received that letter, I surely did after I read it! So, from the bottom of my heart I thank the author (who out of respect I keep anonymous). I imagine I will keep writing… Rereading those words reminds me to write from my heart… so that people who do see me are “inspired to respond from their heart.”