My friend Matt created that cool badge you see over on the right-hand side of my blog – the Blogging Bushido – Blogger with Honor. He also drew the fabulous picture of little old me with a kettlebell you see on the side of my blog. He is uber-talented and I am really hoping something huge breaks his way soon. He deserves it.
If you click on the badge, it will take you to his blog and to the very post about the Blogging Bushido – plus it will give you a good chance to check out the rest of his site. He does some very cool artwork (which he calls doodles) and as you’ll find out Matt is also quite the witty writer.
So what does it mean to me, to be a blogger with honor or to simply “blog with honor”?
Some people use their blogs as a way to vent about societal injustices, personal grievances, gossip, political issues – basically anything and everything they deem gripe-worthy. Then there are those who use it as a springboard for creativity, be it their writing, their crafts, their cooking, their passions…themselves. Some use it as a way to hold an ongoing conversation – a way to connect with others who have similar tastes and interests. And then there are those who do it all in one spot providing a potpourri of sorts.
Where do I fall?
Sort of in the middle. I guess.
I am a woman of many interests and tastes. I love it all. Except for gossip. I don’t care for gossip and never have. My blog is not about hurting or offending anyone – at least not intentionally. I like to make people think. I like to inspire. I like to stimulate conversation and debate. I like to make people laugh and smile. So for me, blogging with honor means to write in such a way that enhances the lives of those around me as well as myself. It’s about learning – constantly learning and discovering new things about the world around me.
It’s not always pretty. It’s not always sunshine and tulips. Sometimes it’s hard. Sometimes it rips my heart out of my chest but in the pain and in the blood-letting of my soul, there is great healing and comfort in the responses I am blessed with from my friends I meet online.
Blogging with Honor is about truth. It’s about honesty even when that honesty hurts and scares me in such a terrific way that I’m not sure I’m doing the right thing. But I am. I’ve seen people grow and bloom online as they charter the choppy waters of the blogosphere. Peeping out of their little crevices until they are fully revealed to the rest of us and their pure beauty shines so brightly that it dazzles us with their brilliance. Their light warms us and penetrates our darkness on those days when our own sun isn’t anywhere to be found.
We are family. Even though many of us have never met – might never meet. And yet, there’s a connection that has grown far beyond the expanse of the internet. It has attached itself to our hearts – to our souls.
Blogging with honor means to respect that attachment. It means to respect the power that comes with this wonderful ability to go online and speak our truth. It carries with it a responsibility as well. One that should not taken lightly just because anyone with an internet connection and a computer can blog.
Blogging with Honor means to never take that power for granted. But rather, to nourish and protect it. Keeping it honest and pure and never forgetting the people our words are touching and hopefully inspiring on a day-to-day basis.