This format, the fireside, is a wonderful way for us to have the kinds of conversations that we have always had. We meander through subjects, we get excited and passionate, and we have small talk and sometimes just take a nap. The difference that we are running in to here is that the format is really a fireside with an audience. It is as though we are sitting in two big comfy chairs (Which we are, I guess) and warming our feet by the fire while a live studio audience sits behind railing on a balcony and occasionally shouts a question or a comment, or sometimes even, a shameless commercial plug. I like it, but our conversation is directed somewhat by the things that people want to hear. So, we end up spending a lot more time on subjects that often surprise me. Debt, spirituality, corruption, cooking and staying home with the kids. We still meander through topics, but we are aware of the topics that are sensitive, and we spend a little more time on them.
I am adding a list in our sidebar of the “top posts.” That way, our readers can see the same thing that we see, which is the conversations that tend to shape and influence our posting the most. Perhaps they can read some of the stuff that other people have liked, and let us know how we are doing.
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