wrote about influence and in that post I denied wanting to influence anyone and also denied being influential in the Second Life blogosphere. Botgirl has written two thoughtful posts in response because, well, I apparently got her thinking. Which is to say, I influenced her and in one simple post proved myself incorrect.
Botgirl's writing and the comments made by people in response to her post got me thinking. Making this influence stuff come full circle. Which is to say, I think, we are having a conversation and exchanging ideas and possibly even teaching each other a thing or two.
Now that is the kind of influence I can wrap my arms around! I love that across the miles and through our vastly different experiences we talk and bounce around ideas. We build a conversation through social media and our virtual lives and all of that begins to create a community.
And while I am on the subject of community, I hope you will take 20 minutes to watch this TED talk by a friend of mine. She exerts the kind of real influence that impresses me. I think you will know her when you watch and I *know* you will be influenced by her words.