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Friday Quick Hits: Hiding Faith, Relationship Paradoxes and LoveSounds

Happy Friday everyone! We’ve arrived at the home-stretch. Very busy week for yours truly (and from talking to  many of you – you were in the same boat). In the midst of it all, you guys did not disappoint in working up some outstanding reading material. And with that, deep breath…here we go!

Why Do We Have to Hide Faith?

I feel like every week I’m including a post by Emily Jasper – she is really on a roll with saying the things that need to be said (and that others aren’t saying). In this post she talks about faith, something rarely discussed in the blogosphere – hiding it and being proud of it. To be honest, I’ve had a very personal post on religion in my que of drafts for almost six months now – I think it’s time to finally let that one go public. Everyone doesn’t have to “agree” but when it comes to faith, there is no right or wrong and we should ALL appreciate and respect each other’s beliefs. There are many, many ways to walk down the path of enlightenment.

The Paradox of Building Stronger Online Relationships

Building relationships is something I talk about a lot here – and Jackie Adkins hits on (probably) the most important part of the relationship-building process. The “real” tangible face to face interaction with other human beings. I’ve seen a lot of negativity around the web lately, a lot of criticism and attacks – most of which is fueled by the medium. We can hide behind our computer screens and be much more bold because we’re not held as accountable. This only further proves Jackie’s point – that the online medium is a tool, ONE tool – a method of communication and interaction, a way for businesses to directly communicate with consumers and for us to chat with one another. But, there is much that can be misconstrued, and there will always be barriers when communicating online. In summation, and as Jackie so aptly puts, we all need to get offline more often, start getting real, and stop putting Social Media on this almighty pedestal.

Justin Timberlake and the Art of Presenting Well

I love this post – seriously – it is an extremely well thought out breakdown on the lyrics of JT’s “FutureSex/LoveSound and how it applies to presenting well. From defining the needs, clearly articulating the primary obstacles, and providing tangible solutions – It’s hilarious and brilliant and well worth your time to stop by and check out.

Quick(er) Hits (Crowd-sourced favorites from the community)

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  1. Hi Matt, thanks for the Friday Quick Hits love again! And I have to say, I love that you do this. I may be repeating myself, but you truly are great at connecting us all to great content, bloggers, and friends. Have a good Friday!

    • No problem at all Em – You have really been on a roll lately (I sincerely mean that) – and kudos to you for writing about things that a lot of people aren’t saying. I have literally had a very personal religion themed post (that I was planning to break up into a series of 2-3 posts) that has been sitting in the que for half a year. It’s finally time for me to dust it off, clean it up, and get it on here.

      I want to push the envelope not in controversy – but in new ways of thinking – which means I need to force myself to step outside the comfort zone a bit and talk about some new things.

      Thanks again and have a great weekend!

  2. Hi Matt, thanks for the Friday Quick Hits love again! And I have to say, I love that you do this. I may be repeating myself, but you truly are great at connecting us all to great content, bloggers, and friends. Have a good Friday!

    • No problem at all Em – You have really been on a roll lately (I sincerely mean that) – and kudos to you for writing about things that a lot of people aren’t saying. I have literally had a very personal religion themed post (that I was planning to break up into a series of 2-3 posts) that has been sitting in the que for half a year. It’s finally time for me to dust it off, clean it up, and get it on here.

      I want to push the envelope not in controversy – but in new ways of thinking – which means I need to force myself to step outside the comfort zone a bit and talk about some new things.

      Thanks again and have a great weekend!

  3. I’m looking forward to seeing your post! It’s so sad that people shy away from talking about faith, because I love reading about others’ faiths. As long as they’re not being preachy, of course! I tend to avoid the topic myself, partially because it’s not anywhere near related to the things I generally talk about (style & fashion, sometimes more lifestyle-y topics), and partially because mine is a more unusual faith (Northern paganism), and I kind of hate the thought of having to deal with rudeness related to my religion (or, on a slightly lazier note, having to answer the same questions over and over again!). Although to be very fair, I seem to have an awesome bunch of readers and the time or two I’ve mentioned it in passing I haven’t had any untoward comments.

    Oh and the Justin Timberlake link? Hilarious.

  4. I’m looking forward to seeing your post! It’s so sad that people shy away from talking about faith, because I love reading about others’ faiths. As long as they’re not being preachy, of course! I tend to avoid the topic myself, partially because it’s not anywhere near related to the things I generally talk about (style & fashion, sometimes more lifestyle-y topics), and partially because mine is a more unusual faith (Northern paganism), and I kind of hate the thought of having to deal with rudeness related to my religion (or, on a slightly lazier note, having to answer the same questions over and over again!). Although to be very fair, I seem to have an awesome bunch of readers and the time or two I’ve mentioned it in passing I haven’t had any untoward comments.

    Oh and the Justin Timberlake link? Hilarious.