(1). Bring Your OWN Audience
Instead of trying to build a huge audience of strangers, concentrate on building a small audience of peers
(2). Be a Participating Member of Someone Else’s Audience
Start commenting on the work of others. Start responding to people’s posts in Twitter. Let people know that you are listening and learning from them. Show gratitude for the time that they put into thinking and sharing transparently with others. Provide challenge to their core ideas — and then push those ideas out through your networks.
(3). Draw attention to the ideas of your audience
I want you to think about my buddy Bob for a minute. He took his own time to read my original bit on audience. Then, he took even more of his own time to craft a reply that challenged my thinking and articulated concepts that I hadn’t considered. Instead of spending that same time on his own growth, he was making an investment in me and in our intellectual relationship. That matters, y’all — and I need to respect that investment in some way.
Ferriter has been writing a lot recently about reflection, audiences and comments. Personally, I have taken to being more intentional with my comments by sending comments from my own site. This has had its hiccups, but I think that it offers an alternative future and positive possibility.