“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men,-that is genius.” Ralph Waldo Emerson from Self Reliance
It’s pretty amazing that you are reading this blog. There are some 60 million websites and blogs on WordPress. Who are all these people, and what do they/we have to communicate that is so important? A large number of blogs are for businesses, how-tos, reviews, lists, and contests. Even so, there are still lots of people sharing their personal stories, and their creative works, baring their souls as it were, to total strangers.
It was my friend Joy who first suggested that I write a blog and she gently nudged me in that direction until the idea finally started to sink in. But considering how many blogs already exist, I asked her why she thought I should add my voice to the cacophony of the blogosphere?
Her response was Emersonian. The point isn’t that you have something to say that no one has ever heard before, but that you have something to say in your own particular voice, as seen through your eyes, as colored by your own experience. You have to believe that what is true for you is true for someone else and that it will resonate through the blogosphere landing on the ears of those who need to hear it.
“He that writes to himself writes to an eternal public…By doing his work he makes the need felt which he can supply and creates the taste by which he is enjoyed.” Ralph Waldo Emerson from Spiritual Laws
I am reminded of that famous line from the popular 1989 movie, “Field of Dreams.” The main character, Ray Kinsella, has an inner voice urging him to build a baseball field in the middle of his cornfield. Outwardly it seems a ridiculous notion, especially since the bank is getting ready to foreclose on his farm. But Ray is told, “If you build it they will come.” By trusting his inner voice, Ray makes a need for baseball felt in the community, and then he supplies the cure- the baseball field. And the people do come.
For all of us bloggers out there daring to believe that we have something meaningful to share, I think Emerson would agree, “If you write it- They will read it.”
Dear Reader, Is there something you would like to share that is true for you and someone else needs to hear it?