Part of me thinks it’s kind of silly to have noticed that my Klout went up to 74, even though my Empire Avenue scores are not going up lately. I definitely feel more than a little bit weird writing about my “influence” on a day when lots of my social media friends are writing at times eloquent and angry reactions to the news of the Connecticut shootings while others have announced they will not post today out of respect for the victims. I can kind of understand the urge to withdraw and not try to promote other content and conversation when lots of folks are trying to process horrible news. And yet sitting down and shutting up hardly seems to be a very constructive response to tragedy. This is I’m afraid a bit more than 74 words. But the 74 word idea really got me going today. Thus I am keeping it. Even though this post is almost 150 words.