In recent years I’ve come to enjoy blogs, too. Not in the same way as I love books, but as kind of a cousin.
Different blogs serve different purposes. Some blogs are educational, some are gossipy, some are entertaining and some are inspirational. Some are a little of all these things.
Many of my favorite blogs are written by people committed to their own personal journey of self-discovery, living an authentic life, expressing their creativity as an integrated part of their life, to living life on their own terms and of sharing all of this on their blogs with their readers.
I think today, unlike any other period in time, you can find and follow people you can relate to who are living their life’s journey, one step at a time and sharing it as they go. This has been an eye opening experience for me.
In a book, you can read an authors story and the story can resonate with your own and inspire you to keep going.
But, when you read a blog, the story is so much more real. You are up close and personal with the author as she or he shares their story as it unfolds. Some days you cry with them, some days you weep for yourself, other days you jump for joy, dance and clap your hands in celebration. You begin to recognize that what you are thinking and feeling is not abnormal, that you’re not crazy, that other people think and feel the same things as you do, that other people are traveling a similar path of awakening, self-discovery and personal growth. Some are doing it through their art, others by becoming self-employed, others by embracing their roles as parents, teachers and leaders. The key is that they are all seeking and following a unique calling, but the journey itself and all it’s emotional ups and downs and in-betweens are universal.
Blogs are also unique as compared to books because it’s all happening in real time. The bloggers you follow are living, working and learning at the same time you are living, working and learning.
I believe that blogs, and the people behind them, have the potential to bring us together, to create communities without borders, to help people heal and grow, to inspire more people to live a life of purpose and meaning. When bloggers authentically expresses themselves and share their journey’s they are saying “Hey, look, if I can do it, so can you. We’re all in this together. Let’s stop hiding, let’s express our gifts, act despite our fears, reach out to others and make the world a better place.”
Books will also be the first place I turn to, the gifts I give to friends. Books change lives and can be passed from friend to friend, father to daughter, mother to son.
I want to write books. I want to help people. I want to inspire people. I want to make a difference and leave a legacy.
That’s why I started to blog. That’s why I’ve been blogging for almost two years now. I want to help people. I want to inspire people. I want to make a difference.
I love books, but I also believe in the power and potential of blogs.