Last week I was participating in a literacy program focused on bloggers who recently started blogging. After six months of meetings to exchange knowledge on our Journey, we find it necessary to rely on separate sessions for those who are making their first foray into the world of blogs. As when someone learns to spell, the participants in these basic classes joined text and images to upload their first posts themselves.
The method used to teach WordPress we call “Yes I want,” because it rests on the personal desire to express one’s opinions—freely—in a blog. Everyone who teaches something must do it as if they were giving a pair of wings, since only the “students” can decide if they want to use them to fly. With this in mind, we have shown ways to express oneself in cyberspace, without any implied unified commitment or loyalty on the part of those who learn.
Yes I want, because the tug of desires can lead us to do that which not even our will compels us to do. When you’ve lived in the midst of slogans, the stubborn might of some few people, and obligatory tasks, personal desire is transformed into a goal of reconquest. “Yes I want” should be the phrase that accompanies the so often mentioned, “Yes I can,” because it’s not enough to have the capacity to learn if we lack the appetite to use these discovered letters and kilobytes, to leave the ground behind.