“Talk to Me!”

Talk to Me Please!

Those of us who blog on a regular basis do so because we have something we want to say; but we also do it because we want to prompt a dialogue with others.

In other words, a blog is an invitation to talk. To tell me your thoughts after reading mine. To take a risk to share something about yourself with a person who in the beginning will be a ‘virtual’ stranger. A person who you know only through her words. And knows you only through your comments.

But it’s a beginning. . .

In the Beginning. . .

The first blush of blogging is to set into words thoughts, ideas, expertise that the blogger has and wants to get out to others.  And we don’t do it in a vacuum. At least that’s not my intent. I want to share thoughts, ideas and any expertise I’ve gained over the years; but most of all I want feedbackYour feedback!

When I blog, I want to start a conversation. One between you and me. And hopefully others will join as well!

I recall when I first starting blogging (or what I called blogging); I wrote and wrote and wrote. Sometimes reams. I just wrote like I talk which means run on sentences with nary a breath in between. And they weren’t fancy WordPress blogs. Simple notepad pieces roughed out and corrected as time permitted.

But to my utter amazement, as our 1st online community grew (The Connection Station); women responded and we began a conversation. First we got acquainted. And then as we continued to communicate; we became friends. “Sisters in heart, mind and spirit!” 

The Connection Station is where I met partner Jen (Raney) Sakowski. We connected and today we work together to be a rich resource to women who desire to become all they are meant to be. And all God intends you be!

Reasons Why Folks Blog. . . 

People who blog do so for a variety of reasons.

  • Mainly I think many do because they have something of value to add to the world of online conversation. A level of expertise borne out of life and work experiences. A piece of wisdom or knowledge gained the hard way; hard-knocks university.
  • There are those who are service-minded. They learned something and want to share it so others can learn as well.
  • Others love to write. They blog because it meets their need to create with words and images. 
  • Attention! Those who want to be recognized and get the goodies we call “pats on the back for job well done”. Nothing wrong with that; just an observation on what motivates some folks to join the online conversation via a blog.
  • Make money! Yes, there are umpteen blogs on how to monetize one’s blog. And many have done so. Especially those with expertise in search engine optimization (SEO) and all things techie.
  • And one you may not think of as a motivator. . . loneliness. There’s something about sitting down at the laptop; poising one’s fingers over the keyboard and beginning what feels like a ‘love letter’ to the folks in the online world with the hope that someone will see, read. . . and yes, respond. When they do, it’s like an elixir from heaven that covers loneliness and desperation for contact with a world beyond our own! Someone found me, enters my world and we talk. . . 

Which Am I? Which One is You?

As I said earlier, when I blog, I want to start a conversation. One between you and me, and hopefully others will join as well!

It’s one of the things about social media that is so fascinating. I can engage others from halfway round the world; get to know them and become friends. We may never meet face to face, but we’ll become best friends just because we connected and conversed. But that isn’t all. I have to experience you as authentic, trustworthy, honest and real. No BS.

We have to learn how each other communicates, what we like and don’t like about conversation. We have to set boundaries and honor them (that’s one way to develop trust). We have to be open with each other and take risks of vulnerability as our online relationship continues.

I digress.  I asked which am I and which one is you (if you blog that is)?

I’m a little of each of the reasons stated here. I’m never lonely; but I do relish the times when others respond as an affirmation of what I’ve shared. And I’m eager to have others join the conversation!

If you BLOG, which are you? Are you the writer who pours out her creativity so others can be inspired and encouraged (or thrilled and tantalized)? Are you an expert at something you learned because life provided an opportunity to do so? Have you monetized your blog and if so, tell us how you did that!

Or are you a bit on the lonely side and hope to find friends among the billions who inhabit the world of social media? Whatever the reason you blog (or not); remember that blogging is simply a written form of conversation. It’s another way of talking to each other.

And the next time you find one of my blog posts; please come talk to me. And I promise to respond. It’s called a dialog and I look forward to the opportunity to do so with you!

Blessings,

Linda

Linda S. Fitzgerald, M.S.Ed, CEO & Visionary Partner
A Women’s Place Network, Inc. dba
Affiliated Women International
Building a Community of Christian Business Women
The Neighborhood at Facebook
Affiliated Women International
AWIBoutiques at Facebook

Linda S. Fitzgerald

I have a fiery passion to see women become all they are designed to be - personally and professionally. I write, teach, mentor and coach with that passion in mind. As an author and prolific blogger, I reach out to women in all walks of life, especially women of faith to empower and equip them for greatness.

4 Comments

  1. Vicki on March 22, 2019 at 9:35 am

    Linda, I think you’re blogging is mostly for 2 of your listed “reasons”:
    1. You have something of value to share.
    2. You are service minded.

    I am not a blogger, so nothing to describe on my reasoning. But, I have always enjoyed reading yours.
    Hugs, Vicki

    • Linda S. Fitzgerald on March 24, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      Wow thanks so much Vicki! I do hope I have something of value to add; and I do consider myself service-minded. I so much appreciate your kind observations.

      Blessings,

      Linda

  2. Carol Smith on March 25, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Dearest Linda,

    Your blogs are always well thought out and provocative in a good, kind, and generous way. They draw in the reader to come to know you better, to listen, and engage. I believe you blog for all but perhaps one of the reasons you mention above. I say all except one because as a revenue advisor I’ve seen all but one. ????

    My now 94 year old mother loved the internet and blogs. She found new friends across the globe. It expanded her world. She and her new friends talked about things that were important to them from the mundane to the breakthroughs in medicine. She was lonely and blogging gave her the opportunity to meet new people, travel the globe virtually and learn. She loved it learn.

    Will I blog? Maybe in the future. So much of my life has been in the public eye from executive, to public service, and international advisor/coach. It feels good to just sit and listen for now.

    • Linda S. Fitzgerald on March 26, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      Oh my dear friend Carol! Your kind words are so appreciated. I love to write, so blogging fills that need in my life. And I know which reason is the exception. However, as we relaunch AWI as a “sisterhood” community of like-minded women, blogging will be part of a paid membership. At some point, those of us with a penchant for service have to put funds in the coffers. That’s what partner Jen and will be doing. Hope to find you there as well.

      And GOOD for your 94 year old Mom. The internet can be such a source of inspiration and encouragement to keep our ‘vintage’ folks from the curse of loneliness!

      Blessings,

      Linda

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