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 feedback! Your 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!
Linda S. Fitzgerald, M.S.Ed, CEO & Visionary Partner
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