After the Silence

by SilentClark on September 1, 2010

I knew I would need a social media hiatus after the silence was broken. Relying so heavily on social media and technology to communicate made me slightly disenchanted with the whole thing. I always told myself that I would go “Social Media Silent” for a while once I regained other communication channels.

I wanted to let everyone know that I would be coming back at some point in the near future, but I want to give myself a proper cooling off period. It’s interesting to see how quickly you can disappear online when you are truly silent. I don’t think that the silence has nearly the same effect virtually that it does in the real world.


You Can Speak Now – Day 2 of Talking

by SilentClark on August 9, 2010

For the first half of the SMX mornings were a trouble zone, as the first few minutes upon waking I would not be thinking clearly. I slipped up a few times in those minutes, mumbling something. After about 50 days, that was less of an issue. It seems the tables have turned. When I woke up this morning something was in front of the alarm clock, so I could not see what time it was. Genna was walking around the room, but I forgot that I could simply ask her to move it.

Again later in the morning, I was trying to show Genna something on the computer and she asked me a question which I was about to answer by typing when she said, “You can speak now.” Right, much easier.

Even here at the office, Matthew was getting frustrated with GChat and I mentioned, “We can just talk about if you want.” I think it will take about a week before it is natural to speak again. Once I get to chatting it seems totally normal. It’s the initiation where I get tricked up. I can feel my mind reversing again as I have to retrain it to stop repressing the desire to speak. I also catch myself thinking I’m doing something wrong when I hear myself speaking.


He Speaks!

August 8, 2010

Last night at 9PM I broke the silence after 100 days. I had not even practiced my speech, so my voice was very unstable. After getting over the hurdle of delivering that speech, the weight was lifted.
Click here to see the speech.
Upon getting my voice back, I was able to engage with more people at one [...]

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Tonight is the Night Day 100

August 7, 2010

I’m hours away from speaking my first words in 100 days and I am elated. I’ve been trying to finish up my speech while trying to coordinate the family and get to the party to help setup last minute things.
I want to let you know that I will be UStreaming the first words, so if [...]

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2 Days! I Don’t Know What To Say

August 6, 2010

I’m rather speechless at the moment. After 98 days of not talking, it’s hard for me to imagine getting that part of my life back. I’m totally fixated on it at that moment. I find myself purposely pushing things on my calendar back to next week, knowing that I can email or make calls then. [...]

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Work Order

August 5, 2010

I need some work done on my car and really don’t want to show up to the shop with only my phone. Because I am not allowed to write things down, I figured the only way to print something out within the rules would be to write a blog post. It’s probably of little interest [...]

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How Rude!

August 4, 2010

Only a few more days left of me having to voluntarily ignore people when they are being nice. A cleaning woman I see each day, always says hello as I pass. I smile and nod my head, but it is not the same. I suppose I could hand her a card and explain, but sometimes [...]

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What We Can’t Have

August 3, 2010

The theory that we as humans want what we can’t have is not a novel idea, but I think the context applies very well to my current situation. As you have heard in previous posts, I’ve been working on a start up company for 3 years now and we are finally starting to see the [...]

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The Home Stretch – 6 Days!

August 2, 2010

It’s hard for me to even comprehend that we are on the true home stretch of the SMX. This weekend flew by and suddenly I am staring at a mere 6 days. Before this started, that would have been intimidating, now it’s a walk in the park. My thoughts are obsessed with the finish line and I [...]

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9 Days To Go – Whose Ready to Party?

July 30, 2010

I know I am. I was out last night with Billy Holcombe  (@RestaurantsATL) who has been a major part of getting the Break the Silence Party off the ground. He mentioned that I might want to write a post about it to try and reach the people who are not on Twitter and Facebook. So [...]

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