Words are where I live. I know lots of the words. And with my years of Latin classes, I am often able to decipher medical and legal expressions. Although I resoundingly flunked Introduction To Anatomy and Physiology when I made an ill-considered stab at preparing to apply to nursing school. (Nursing is definitely a profession for which I would be spectacularly ill-suited.) One of the very few other classes I ever failed was high school geometry. While I’m great with words and can converse with most anyone, I am so not good at math and science. And despite the years of voice lessons that I took back in high school, I’m afraid that my voice has never been especially mellifluous. While I speak well and can wax eloquent at times my voice seems only ordinary to me.
I would certainly have been a maladroit had I gone into nursing. And honestly, I understand so little math that the definition of meromorphic was more or less meaningless to me. I feel so fortunate to have finally realized that writing is what I do best and what I should focus most of my efforts upon doing. As I type this, I have five posts already written and scheduled, as well as 17 additional three word titles still to be written about. I am most certainly in a manic phase as I crank out these blog posts. After thinking about it for a while I decided that what I should do about #definethis is to continue blogging a word of the day each day, and put up missons that are open to anyone with no community or shareholder requirements that drive traffic to the #definethis blog and ASK missionaries to play the word game on Twitter but make clear that everyone is welcome to the eaves just for stopping by.
The more I have worked with missions and experimented with different eligibility criteria, I’ve come to believe that the best approach is to let absolutely everyone take the eaves. With simple re-tweet missions I’ve found that I get a 90-99% completion rate. More complex missions will I believe always have lower completion rates, though I got a pretty great response rate on a mission asking folks to leave a three word comment for my Just 3 Words project. Pretty much every player on Empire Avenue has a Twitter account, so I am thinking that if there is no community to join and no hoops to jump through, maybe I will attract more players than my somewhat convoluted two communities to join previous approach.