My primary purpose in exploring the writings of others is to acquire new ideas, to be challenged by various viewpoints and to stay current with world events. As a contributor in the mix of social media genres, I also hope to share ideas with others. Modern communications has made this quite easy. Along the way I have come to realize that my friends list has nothing to do with the process; making money has never been a purpose, and I have no interest in honing my marketing skills. Narcissists have other needs, but that shoe won’t fit me and I have no interest in putting it on. We can choose to be active as artists, writers, or opinion makers; or we can choose to be passive lurkers and still reap the benefits of exposure to social media.