What & Why .Me

January 11th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

What is Stuttering.Me?

Stuttering.Me is a Stuttering Self-Help online resource that provides an ineractive stuttering microblog and stuttering micropodcast. Our stuttering microblog is designed to keep our followers current with the latest stuttering news. Our stuttering micropodcast is designed to motivate our listeners with a daily source of encouragement, and mentor them towards peace with stuttering

What is Microblogging?

A microblog is similar to any other blog, with the following notable exceptions. First, all posts are limited to 140 characters! Second, formats such as Twitter lend themselves to be very interactive and lets readers “follow” many online friends that traditional blogs simply would not allow.

Why Microblogging?

Quite simply–time. I don’t have time to create and maintain a traditional blog, and you probably don’t have time to read it. Further, there is no shortage of quality stuttering blogs and the world doesn’t seem to need one more. Microblogging allows me to post (what I consider to be) good content in a succinct fashion, and lets you stay up-to-date on the latest stuttering news in a timely fashion.

Microblogging has other advantages as well. The format is quite social, as your followers can interact with you in real time. Second, microblogging allows you to “follow” other users in an efficient fashion. Twitter is a great way of staying connected with online friends in an unobtrusive way. It’s a great way to build an interactive online stuttering community. Finally, it allows you to not-follow whomever you want! So those knucklehead trolls that ruin online communities are a thing of the past! (Either don’t follow them, or “block” them from your account.)

What is Micropodcasting?

I guess this is a category of podcasting that I am creating. Similar to microblogging, micropodcasting is a brief and succinct podcast that is specifically targeted to one topic: Stuttering!

Why Micropodcasting?

First off–I simply don’t have the time for a full-length podcast. I approached Peter with the original idea of extending the self-help movement to an online digital podcast, and he finally took to the idea about a year later. Together, we started StutterTalk, which took us anywhere from 7 to 10 hours a week in recording and production time. With a wife and family that I love, and a professional career in which I am to excel, this kind of time commitment simply was not feasible. So my original idea of a stuttering podcast is now left in their hands.

Secondly, I now believe that Micropodcasting is probably more useful to those actively seeking stuttering related self-help. As a professor, I have come to appreciate how my students learn content efficiently; and this is done with daily reviewing and interaction with the content. Reviewing course content every day is far better than once a week, and it’s definitely better than cramming every other month or so for an exam! This became apparent to me when I taught two sections of the same class (one 3x a week, one 1x a week), I was shocked to see how much more comfortable the 3x students were with the content relative to the 1x students. The time was the same, the frequency was not. And this is what we need relative to stuttering self-help, personal empowerment, personal forgiveness, and overcoming the negative social prejudice and stereotypes relative to stuttering. It takes frequent interaction with the idea of stuttering acceptance in order to turn it into a reality. In short, I am predicting that a daily micropodcast will have a bigger and better impact in the lives of listeners, as opposed to a traditional full-length (weekly) podcast.

What is podcasting?

Podcasting is an online audio programming format that can be accessed over the Internet

Why Podcasting?

Because we can!

Life according to the Velveteen Rabbit:

“’It doesn’t happen all at once,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.’”

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