Interact .Me

February 14th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments
  • If you’d like to call in and leave a voicemail, be my guest.  Seriously–you would be my guest.  (707) 313-7715.
  • If you would like to ‘chat’, my contacts are: AIM = gjscds; Yahoo = gjs_cds; Skype & GoogleTalk available upon request
  • If you want to videochat, my TokBox is http://www.TokBox.com/stutteringme

Perhaps one of the single biggest facets of change in the self-help process is becoming part of a community.  And this is easy when you’re actively involved in a traditional self-help group.  However, this is difficult if there is no self-help group in your area, or you just don’t feel comfortable joining one at this stage in your journey.

Enter Twitter.  I didn’t really “get” Twitter at first; it took me a while to see its genius.  There are tons of stuttering forums, bulletin boards and email lists on the web–and they serve a purpose.  But they’re also very public and tend to be content driven, rather than relationship driven.  Further, all it takes is one troll to wreck the board for everyone.

Twitter solves these problems.  In short, Twitter is a microblogging service; a social networking platform that allows its users to post messages up to 140 characters in length.  And at first–I didn’t understand the 140 character limitation.  But it’s actually quite brilliant.  We all want to keep tabs on our friends and family, but we don’t have the time to post or read full-length traditional blogs.  And if you can’t say what needs to be said in 140 characters or less, then try harder!  (And for longer correspondences, spend direct messages over email.)  Twitter is also great for a group or community discussion, as well as directed (public) messages, and (private) direct message.  Another neat feature is that Twitter allows you to “follow” exactly who you want, and ignore or “block” those that you don’t.  (Say goodbye to the annoying internet trolls!)

If you would like to interact with Stuttering.Me, as well as meet other legitimately great people who stutter, create a Twitter account, follow “StutteringMe“, and send me an “@StutteringMe” message.  (Start the message w/ the symbole @ and the username “StutteringMe”.)  I’ll start following you and introduce you to some great people .

Twitter can be a great social networking platform where we can share our stuttering experience: our victories, our challenges, our thoughts and feelings.  No one can ever get stuttering unless they themselves stutter; you are not alone and there is (most definitely) a road towards peace with stuttering.  And it’s my belief that daily interaction with self-help material and the mentorship of other PWS is the best way to get there.

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  1. February 24th, 2009 at 17:08 | #1

    Hi Greg,
    Thank you for your comment on my blog, it really meant a lot to me. It is surprising to me how many emotions lie just beneath the surface, even long after I’ve mostly “overcome” stuttering.

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  2. Greg @ Stuttering.me
    February 24th, 2009 at 18:54 | #2

    Hi Gabrielle–the pleasure is all mine. As James Earl Jones recently said, “Once a stutterer, always a stutterer…” I can’t say it any better myself 🙂 Hope to see you online!

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  3. April 5th, 2009 at 20:45 | #3

    Hi Greg,
    Thanks for stumbling across my blog. How did that happen and how did you know I stuttered? I’m 70 years old. Stuttering became less and less of a problem as I grew older until two years ago when I increased my Parkinson’s medication signifcantly. Blocking came back with a storm. I’m enjoying your blog and and the make room for the stutter blog. Thanks for the connection. Ray

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    Greg @ Stuttering.me Reply:

    Hey Ray, I honestly forgot *how* I found your site–the internet happens, I guess. I think you posted (or mentioned stuttering) in a recent post. (?) Either that, or I read the content and intuited it 🙂 And Pam’s site (‘make room for the stuttering’) is a great site! Great choices, I’d say. Thanks for the post, and let’s keep in touch 🙂

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  4. September 29th, 2009 at 02:09 | #4

    Hi there,

    This is Manpreet.I have visited your site many times.Your content is very nice and to the point.
    I am promoting your site through my blog.And was wandreing if you could also promote my site by exchanging links.

    My URl is :-
    http://www.manpreetstammers.blogspot.com/

    Thanks

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    Greg @ Stuttering.me Reply:

    Hi Manpreet,

    The best of luck to your blog 🙂 We’re all in it together,

    g

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  5. ari
    December 23rd, 2009 at 04:57 | #5

    Hey Greg i missed you at stuttertalk, i find your site just now,i enjoy very much from your insights.
    I think that Twitter is a little hard to me, because the difference hours and my slowing speed writing in English(i don’t know tweeter but you said that it is interactive)
    So i will heard your short broadcasts for now
    Thank you Ari from Israel geashono@gmail.com

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    Greg @ Stuttering.me Reply:

    Hey Ari,

    Great to hear from you 🙂 We’ve got quite a large *and international* stuttering group on twitter…so you may just surprise yourself 🙂 Why not give it a whirl? We’re here to help 🙂

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