Today I received a blogging newsletter that pretty much changed my life. In this newsletter there was an article about microblogging. Yep, it’s a thing. Microblogging is the idea that blog posts don’t have to be long, multi-paragraph dissertations on the topic of choice. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that…) It’s okay for a blog post to be like any other post on a social media outlet, such as Twitter or even Instagram. Blog posts can be short updates, or long thoughtful essays. It’s okay!
I am not sure why I needed this validation from a random blogging newsletter, but it sure did make me think differently about the way I want to share on my blog. Sometimes I have an idea pop into my head that I really would like to write about, but I find myself thinking “do I really have anything/enough to say about that topic?” According to whose standards?!? I’m not sure where this self-imposed word count nonsense came from in my brain, but I am glad that it doesn’t really matter anymore anyway. Maybe I felt like I needed to be like the “real” bloggers who are amazing writers with lots to say about things in ways I could never do. But the more I have thought about what I read this morning, the more I know and understand that I don’t have to blog like anyone out there but me. If its something that I want to share, I should be okay to share it in any way that works for me! Maybe a sentence. Maybe a picture. Who knows?! The possibilities are really endless know. What a relief!
I’m almost embarrassed that I didn’t come to this conclusion all on my own, or that I didn’t have the confidence in myself to create whatever and however I wanted to on my own blog… I would not be honest if I said that I came to this revelation all on my own. Nonetheless, I am excited to push myself to not conform to the way I think things “should” be according to some standard that really doesn’t exist. I am excited to write more and share more…with no boundaries!
When I started blogging, I did so simply as a way for me to express myself. I decided that I wanted to write with complete authenticity and I wanted to write just to share my perspective on the world around me. I truly never knew if anyone else would ever read my words, but that didn’t really matter. I was doing it for me. It was my expressive outlet. Do I look at my view numbers? Yes I do. Do I worry about how high (or low) the number is? I honestly do not. But it does make me happy knowing that people are taking the time to read my ramblings.
Today made me especially happy. Today not just one, but TWO different people stopped me and shared that my words had meant something to them this week. They shared that they had read my post and that the words I wrote really hit them in the heart and made a difference to them. I was so deeply touched by this. It is hard for me to imagine that anything that I could write or share could touch someone in such a way. I was honestly humbled by the thought of it. My next thought was “What if I hadn’t shared my words? What if I had listened to that voice in my head that told (and still tells me) that I have nothing really important to say?” We all get so busy rushing around taking care of ourselves and our own full lives that we don’t take the time to encourage each other. Yes, life is busy, and yes we all have things to take care of in our own lives. But shouldn’t we all be worried about taking care of each other too? Isn’t that really what it’s all about. Sometimes, I will think something nice about someone else, but then I don’t actually say it out loud to them (weird, right? Does anyone else do this?) When I keep those thoughts to myself I miss out on speaking positivity into another person’s day. And couldn’t we all use that?
I guess my takeaway is this. Do not ever pass up the chance to share what you have on your mind and in your heart. If you have been given a gift, share it. If you have a desire in your soul, chase after it. If you feel a tug to do something out of your comfort zone, act on it. Someone out there could really need what you have. Someone could be inspired or uplifted by your actions. Someone’s day could be brightened by your words. Someone might be able to face one more day because of you…you just never know.