I recently watched the American Blogger Documentary. It's basically a film put together by Christopher Wiegand, to highlight what blogging actually is, and all that goes into it. Granted, it doesn't cover every genre of blogging.. mostly it follows Mommy, Lifestyle, Fashion & Food bloggers. But the gist of it, is that blogging is SO much more than sitting behind a computer and putting up a facade. Because lets face it, sometimes it seems like that's what we're doing, doesn't it?
Blogging is interesting, because we all have our very own little space to do with what we choose. The great part about it, is that we get to decide what we want to use our blogs for. Some share more of the good, and some choose to be more open about the struggles. To each their own, right?
The film got a lot of criticism, because of how the bloggers were presented (perfect hair, makeup, pinterest-inspired homes...etc), and while that might not accurately represent every blogger, the underlying message of the film really resonated with me. And that is that all bloggers have something in common. And it's NOT that bloggers are all narcissist that like to hear themselves talk. But rather, that we have a voice, and a story we want to tell, whatever that might be. I think as humans, we want to feel like our opinions, and our lives matter. That we can make a difference somehow. Blogging might be a small way of doing that, but it's impactful none-the-less.
There have been so many occasions that I've shared a personal experience about my marriage, or my struggle dealing with my son's developmental delays and as a result I've received heartfelt emails from readers. Emails explaining to me that they can relate to me or my situation, that I'm not alone in my struggle. Or that my words were exactly what they needed to hear that day.
And I can tell you that as a blogger, that is what makes it all worth while -- just to know that our lives have an impact on others. And it's truly humbling to be received in such a positive way.
I think also, though, regardless of what someone puts on there for the world to see, it's so important to realize that behind every blog, is a normal person. Someone that most likely lives an average life. Cleaning up messes, struggling financially, dealing with personal and emotional battles, worrying about their kids, or having self-confidence issues.
Truth is that blogs make it easy to hide that all that stuff because we CHOOSE what to write about. But believe me, the struggles are there, always in the background.
I guess the point of this whole post, is to reiterate that no matter what stage of life you're in, we all have something in common. Like the old saying, don't necessarily judge a book by it's cover. And for the love of Coca-Cola, don't compare yourself (or your blog) to anyone else's.