I realized tonight that I am pretty much a baby when it comes to the blogosphere, considering that today I read on Hello Giggles that blogging has been around for 20 years! The author of the blog, Grace Cox, put something into words that I am thinking everyday when I sit down to write my own,
The idea of blogging is so weird and amazing. That you can be a published writer on a platform that is accessible to millions of people is mind-boggling if you stop and think about it.
When I began writing, it was to promote something I am so passionate about – KINDNESS! I thought that I’d be sharing stories about kindness that I read about or witnessed in person. I wrote everyday, just as I had said I would. The amount of views the blog got varied, but it was never very many. Mostly friends and family when I shared it on Facebook. Then, two months into my “project” my mom died and it all changed. Hundreds of people were reading it during the one month period of when she died and when Francine died. I began to realize, that my blog was taking on a life of its own, taking me on an adventure where I was learning on the way. I started to realize that although I was still spreading kindness in my blog, when I got personal and let my emotions come out, more people were interested in what I had to write. It has become my personal diary in some ways.
Growing up, I tried keeping diaries but never kept up with them. I was envious of my friends who wrote faithfully in them everyday. Now, I have become one of those people – but my entries aren’t private. I am writing it and putting it out there for anyone to see. That is why some of the things I write have been so hard to actually submit! My blog has made me a stronger, bolder person. It has allowed me to express myself in ways that I doubt I’d ever speak about otherwise. It is still giving me the opportunity to spread kindness, the original intent, but it has opened up my world. Although my blog is still pretty small in the scheme of things, I have “followers” and people respond to what I have to say. I am meeting other bloggers and despite living in this enormous world, blogging actually makes it seem a little smaller.