I had an interesting exchange on Twitter last week, where I was referred to as a “non-stop” evangelizer.
That one made me run to the dictionary, because I wasn’t used to “evangelize” being used pejoratively.
Aside from its religious connotation, an evangelist is “an enthusiastic advocate“.
Someone promoting a cause, or a person, or a concept – or themselves.
Meaning, nearly every single person that chooses to express their thoughts “in public”, a la Twitter, blogging, and all the other forms of Social Media.
Whether they are positive or negative.
Whether they deal with the weightier issues of the day or what they had for breakfast.
That’s the nature of the beast – if we are going to be a blogger or a Twitterer, we are wanting our thoughts to be heard by a wider audience – the very nature of evangelism.
So yes, I’m an evangelist, thank you, just like everybody else who chooses to participate in this medium.
And that’s what makes it so interesting – all these voices out there, advocating, trying to make connections. For profit, for fun, for friends, for learning, for career development….. or all of the above.
(Yes, even the negative stuff is interesting- as a different approach to the evangelistic science. That is, unless it violates basic civility – then all bets are off)
It’s humanity in action, for better or for worse.
I say better. Evangelize away!