During my Shakespeare Day Marathon I posted 25 different items for people to talk about, ranging from links I’d queued up over the weekend, to information about Shakespeare and the Presidents, the Booth family … leading up to actual images from my invited trip through Folger Shakespeare Library vault and culminating in pictures of Folio #1, The Most Beautiful Book In The World.
And yet the post that got the most clicks that day was my … rant? diatribe? plea? … entitled “Why I Do This : The Big Picture” (I’ll give you a hint, it’s not about my kids). I don’t know why that happened, exactly (I would have thought the pictures would generate more interest), but I’m glad it did. That post, albeit a little over the top, was my reaction to the yearly Shakespeare’s Birthday flood of attention where people come out of the woodwork to say how much Shakespeare means to them, in one or two nice little 140character tweets.
I don’t want to hear what Shakespeare means to you. I want you to show us what it means to you, and show us what you do about it. Do you perform him, research him, teach him? What about all those out there who, like me, can’t claim to be doing this as any more than a hobby?
If Shakespeare means something to you, then you should consider yourself obligated to return the favor and do something for him. For every post about “I love his poetry, his words sing to me!” I’ll show you dozens upon hundreds of posts claiming he’s not relevant anymore, shouldn’t be taught, speaks a different language, banned from schools, too hard, too boring… What are you doing about it?
Here’s your call to action. If you’ve got a place to post something, then post it there and link it here. If you don’t, then tell us in the comments what you’re doing to bring your love of Shakespeare to the rest of the world.