Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Blogging--Only For The Brave?

I'm thinking if you are a blogger, you are a brave person.

Think about it. Bloggers share some deep feelings. They tell us how Life appears to them and how they feel about their favorite (or not-so-favorite) people, places, books, movies, design, foods. They often share what used to be just private thoughts, ideas, fears and beliefs which once remained locked-up. They describe their relationships and their days which, ultimately, paints a Life. They're sharing what makes them, well, them.

That's all pretty huge. And I, for one, know that sometimes typing your thoughts into a blog can feel like stepping out onto a frozen lake which you're not certain is frozen enough to hold your weight, meaning, you just might sink into some pretty icy depths.

I know, since I used to be a very private person, mostly because too often my hand was bitten (figuratively) when I extended it to people who I'd thought could handle my differences and odd ways of thinking.

And of course, that hurts. And at times I've been hurt in this blog, too, like (just one example) the time one of you asked, "Why are you such a people hater?"

Gracious! (And the wild thing was that my post was about extending love toward others who can't extend it toward you.) And well, I didn't publish that comment (there was more to it) because it was all just so ludicrous. So over-the-top accusatory.

Besides, it's my blog and I can delete comments if I want to. So can you.

Thankfully, I don't receive many of those comments, just a sprinkling. And yet in the six years I've been writing here I've noticed that God heals me more quickly from those kinds of cruel remarks. He also quickly reminds me of the reason He called me to blog--to help others find the peace He's worked into me through many years and many trials and errors and adventures.

And helping others, dear friends, way more than makes up for any snide remarks along the path.


~ A blog is merely a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list. ~ ... Unknown

~ Your blog is your unedited version of yourself. ~ ... Lorell


Oh well, those 40 and 50 degree days were lovely while they lasted...


Nita in South Carolina said...

I've been reading your blog for several months. Can't remember if I've ever commented, but I've gotten so much from your writing. I enjoy reading all your posts, I think because you are very honest - which I greatly appreciate! Keep being yourself!

Tracy said...

Debra, you are one of the sweetest souls around! Blog on, dear one! :)

K.E. said...

I just voted for you here

under the religion category. :)

Unknown said...

All I know Debra is that blogging helped me get through the holiday season better than I have done in many years. I love getting close to my blogging family.

Saija said...

those are the reasons i hope that i can get back to blogging on a more regular basis ... writing thoughts, sharing my faith ... sharing my love for God ...

you've blessed my life many a time with your openness, Debra ...

now i will go watch a movie with leo - retirement can be quite sweet sometimes!!!

Elizabeth said...

Debra as you know, I love your blog. I have been reading your blog for 2 years now and look forward to each post. I only wish we lived closer,I have a feeling we would be very good friends,what am I saying, we are very good friends even though we have not met in person and if not for blogging I would not have known you. I too am a very private person and know exactly what you mean about taking a brave person to write a blog!