Bloggers Come in Different Flavors

Agreeing to write 30 blog posts in 30 days was a bit silly of me. After all, I have a husband, 7 children and 11 grandchildren — along with a job and a husband who’s a pastor — to keep me busy.

But writing is good for my heart.

Writing makes me stop and think. Consider what I want people to know and not know about me. And sit down for awhile!

Blogs are as different as the authors who pen them.  Practical; informative; inspiring; personal. All are risky because in today’s world words can be misunderstood and well-meaning writers can be blasted when the “discerning” see the real motives behind words. Blogging puts us other there to be applauded, criticized or indifferently ignored.

Truth be told, anyone who blogs is hoping to be liked. We want more and more people to read what we write. We want to be affirmed, valued, respected…and seen to have something to offer others.

So when I get negative comments on my blog that question why I write what I write I’m tempted to stop. Not because I expect everyone to like everything I say but because deep inside is a desire for approval. I want to be given the benefit of the doubt. I want the person to say, “Hey, I really liked this about what you said but I disagree with…” rather than, “Who do you think you are for saying…?”

Over the past 2 weeks I’ve enjoyed meeting lots of new bloggers who are participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge. Some of the blogs strongly oppose my values. Others make my eyebrows twist up a little. And a few have made me think about my life in a different way than I have before.

But all are written by risk takers.

So for that, thank you.