My Mission

A few weeks ago, I posted my “Proposed Mission Statement” and asked for your feedback via Survey Monkey.  I thank you for taking the time.  Here is the latest draft; the question remains how to use it.  (Not asking for feedback on that; just saying …)

And So It Goes provides stories of the many ways culture impacts our lives. It pays particular attention to the parts of those cultures that trouble us, that make us gasp or turn away, and, if we are lucky, that make us laugh.

And So It Goes attracts readers who believe that embracing cultural differences enlarges our own world and enhances our understanding of that world.

Your participation is welcome here and I encourage you to share your views — no matter how divergent from the norm they may be —  with both compassion and courage.


Thanks to your feedback, I’ve addressed two complaints:

Annoying pop-ups are gone. Next to come down will be the free give-away; I’m working on a replacement. (They were annoying me too.)

Double notifications must be taken care of by you. It’s simple; really.  Just “unsubscribe” from the earlier one (the one that comes out at 2 a.m. EST) NOT the one that comes at 3 a.m. via Mail Chimp (please and thank you).  Here’s a fuzzy screen shot.

It’s that tiny little word, Unsubscribe at the bottom of the email notification.  Just click; it’ll walk you through.


Many respondents reported that they share my posts on their own social media, but they were a minority.  The reason those folks didn’t:  they didn’t know how.  So, here is a short primer on how to share my posts and another screenshot.

At the end of each post is a small collection of social media sites below the caption, “Sharing is caring.”

See how many there are?  Just click on any of them (in the post; not here).  I don’t know what Pocket or Reddit are, but surely a share to Facebook and Twitter is easy enough.  I’m not at all sure what happens with Pinterest as I always thought that was a photography site. But I digress.

You must have an account in order to share, of course. But with one click,  through the magic that is social media, poof, off it will go.

Sharing is important for us bloggers as we try to increase our reach.  Search Engine Optimization (using the right keywords in the right places within the post, shortened often to SEO) can do only so much.  But a single share puts my blog post in front of all your friends, depending on how you have your account set.

Give it a try.  (Please and thank you) if you’ve enjoyed what I’ve written.  Which also brings to mind that little Like button.  That’s also a fun option. If you liked what I’ve written, you can tell me quickly by just clicking Like, also at the bottom of the post.  Here’s the( again, fuzzy) screenshot:


Where do we go from here?

Not too far, actually. I rather like what I’ve been doing and from the sound of it, so do most of you.  Culture is such a broad topic that, frankly, I can take a cultural view of most any topic.

As we move into 2017, I’m particularly interested in looking more closely at those cultural divisions that exist right here in my own country, state, region, and town.  And at the same time, giving space, once a month probably, to looking at foreign cultures. We’ll start next week with a walk along the coast of Wales with Ruth Livingstone.



Do you remember this?  I do love those colors. 


February 8: My first guest blog for 2017. We’re taking a walk through Wales.
February 15: Narcissistic Personality Disorder. It’s time we had a primer to guide us in how to deal with it.
February 22: TBD — could be humor, could be “The First Month.”  Both would be ideal.


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8 Responses

  1. Marian Beaman
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    After your announcement, I have been inspired to write a mission statement too. It’s in draft form and will be aired next week.

    About yours, I think your readers know your context for the use of the word. And I notice your anticipating the emotional reaction you imagine your posts will elicit. It’s all about connection,after all, isn’t it? 🙂

    • Janet Givens
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      Well, good for you, Marian. I look forward to reading it.

  2. Kathleen Pooler
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    Janet, your mission statement definitely resonates with what you have projected through your blog, not only the content of cultural differences but the invitation to express varying opinions. I always know when I visit your site that I will be enlightened, inspired and maybe even provoked into thinking “outside the box”! Great job. Keep doing what you’re doing. It’s working. 🙂

  3. Merril Smith
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    Your mission statement sounds like what you try to do with your blog.
    I try to remember to press the Twitter button for my friends’ posts. I don’t always remember. 🙂

    Good luck with it all, Janet!

    • Janet Givens
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      Thanks Merril. One foot in front of the other.

  4. Laurie Buchanan
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    Due to my currently location, I’m a day late and a dollar short, but I wanted you to know that I’ve been here and love your mission statement!

  5. Janet Givens
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    Laurie, you are always welcome here, no matter what the time — hour, day, week, or year. Glad you liked the mission statement. I’m rather fond of it myself. 🙂

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