Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Shortcut to Bonding: Fame

In one of my recent posts, A Good Way to Bond with People, I referenced an article I read about how to quickly bond with strangers. In short, it involves people asking each other questions and sharing answers. The psychologist behind the study came up with 36 questions that make people feel closer to one another.

Well, I'm going to share the questions and my answers with you one by one. I will write a post for each question. I won't use all the questions -- just the ones that seem interesting to me. So don't worry; it probably won't take all month. I don't want to get too personal on this here blog. :)

Would you like to be famous? In what way?

At first, I thought, "Agh! I would hate to be famous!" But then I thought about how I want to change people's lives by writing an amazing collection of short stories. Or how I want to spread cheer throughout the world with my sugar cookies. Do I want people to pay attention to my clothing choice? No. Do I want to appear on a late-night talk show? No. But do I want people to wonder what I think and to ask me questions about how I became a successful novelist/baker? Yes.

So I guess I do want to be somewhat famous. Not to be noticed, but to have some sort of effect for good on people's lives. And I don't ever want worldwide fame -- just regional fame. Or city fame. Or neighborhood fame. Yeah, neighborhood fame sounds about right.

Thing I'm thankful for: whole grains!


Blogger Sara said...

That's a really interesting question, and I think I'm going to save it and put it in my back pocket in case it ever appears relevant with one of my clients.

I have to say, I'm looking forward to the next one.

6:22 AM  
Blogger Gretchen Alice said...

1. I love this idea for blogging.
2. I do want to be famous. It's one of my prideful, shameful secrets, but I want to be on the cover of a magazine someday. Ideally for my writing, but maybe something else. Another thing is that I want to be able to show up at a high school reunion and wow people with what I've accomplished. People will say, "Her? She grew up to become a New York Times bestselling author." So...there you have it!

6:26 AM  
Blogger T said...

Sounds like a good idea for a blog hop!

I love your answer. I think I want neighbourhood fame too. Recognition for the work I do and I want that work to help others :)

1:50 PM  

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