Are you all talk and no action?
It’s a tough question to answer, especially for bloggers. Bloggers have a platform to speak to the world, a soapbox to tell everyone what the reader should do and what the blogger thinks about this or that.
Are you one of those people? If you think about the question honestly, you may find that you’re not 100% sure of the answer.
I’ve heard more than once that bloggers are a waste in the bigger scheme of life. We’re all blowhards, spewing out the same old stuff over and over, beating topics to death. Well, some do, yes. It’s hard to say something new when everything has been said already.
Some bloggers like to hand out life-changing advice or motivate others. Some of us like to stand on our soapbox and tell the world we’re here, we’re ready and we’re going to rock its socks off.
But do we really accomplish that goal? Do we write something inspiring only to walk away and forget about the follow-through? Do we slap up posts telling people what to do without doing it ourselves?
Many bloggers do exactly that. They fake it. They blog for the short-term result: traffic, Adsense, hits, readers, business, fame, fortune. They don’t think about impact beyond here and now or whether someone will find value from the post a year later.
“Do you really worry that much over what people think?” A friend of mine asked me the question bluntly. “Do you really stress over the potential future thoughts of strangers who may or may not read your posts?”
Yes. Yes, I do.
When we blog, we try to write something that creates impact or provokes change. We’re not seeking to turn the world upside down in a day (though maybe we’d like that). Our mission is to encourage the ripple effect, to use this blog to help people be better, do more and learn.
There are those who feel that copywriters should use our skills for the greater good. They believe that if writers want to change the world, then we should do it – violently, substantially and immediately.
I’ve heard that bloggers should concentrate on helping less privileged people get onto the Internet or focus on pushing for donations to cure world hunger, poverty and rights for women.
Well, maybe we should. That’s a nice thought, and I respect that opinion. Many writers have come before us and done exactly that. Many more will come after us and provoke these types of major change.
Honestly? I feel that’s a big responsibility to place on the backs of bloggers. I get that the world has to change. I know I have a part to play. I know the situation is urgent. So I do what I feel is right and I do what I feel I can handle.
I reduce, reuse and recycle. I turn off lights when I leave the room. I bought my teen a bicycle, not a scooter. I encourage green spaces and donate to organizations when I can. I promote elimination of pesticides, herbicides and antibiotics in the food chain. I support gays and lesbians, minority groups and cultural diversity. I speak up for the rights of women and I speak out against war.
Is it enough? Maybe not. Am I wasting an opportunity to use my writing to do more? Maybe. But I do what I feel I can do, and that’s enough for me. I’ll keep tossing the pebbles of thought in the lake of this blog, and I’ll keep on hoping that I do provoke change for the better – even if it’s not the change some people would have me promote.
Just do me a favor. When you write, remember that someone else may come along a year from now to read your post. Remember to toss your pebble, even if it’s a small one.