2/24/09

More than words

We all have different reasons for blogging: a way to record our thoughts and feelings, keep us accountable or perhaps to share a common interest or event with others. But are you aware of HOW your blog touches other people? I know a lot of us may have created a blog because “everyone else was doing it…” and didn't think of the reach that each of our typed words would have on others or even how far they were travel. Like it or not, we can be seen as influential people on a given topic because we step up on our soapboxes and rant for the world to see. We write to meet our own objectives. Maybe we're trying to lose weight, get fit, run a marathon, etc., but in the end we can become a role model for others in our triumphs and struggles. I’ve never thought of myself as a role model, and especially now given the return of my rolls, but there are times where I’m sent emails of thanks or comments that are beyond flattering and it makes me wonder about the importance of my words and how they should be carefully chosen. Whether I'm seen as one or not, the important thing is to stay relevant to the focus of my blog and to be 100 per cent honest. And I'd like to think that I am, despite feeling like a fraud on many occasions. But will I ever feel comfortable as being seen as an influencer on such a small scale? Do you? We inspire each other in not only our blog posts, but the comments and conversations created out of the medium. I look to many of you for inspiration AND support. So, do you feel comfortable being a role model? Does it fit you well? Or do you think you need to lose a few more pounds before you can slip into it comfortably?

10 comments:

Shirls said...

today I'm feeling far from role modelish, but totally agree those emails, the thanks, the "your inspiring" comments are priceless and keep me going and keep the blog from being pulled. Honestly lots of times I think about how I just wanted to see/hear the truth, not the sugar coated, rah-rah, go girl, but the honest, today was hard, today sucked but I did it. I needed that and still need the honesty from others to get me through..

♥ Dee ♥ said...

I find my role as role model helps me to stay focused, keeps me accountable, and makes me face my falls with honesty that I probably wouldn't if I weren't a blogger.

I know that people are reading my words, and being inspired by my wins. But I want them to also know when I fail, because I don't ever want someone to think they are less because I never fall. Does that make sense?

We all stumble, and I find that reporting mine makes me feel more human. God forbid I should get a swelled head and put myself up on a pedestal.

Blogging makes me face my own reality. It keeps me real.

Food Coma said...

I definitely dont see myself as a role model but I think that everyone can learn something from each other. Even if it is a don't do this at home moment!

Food Coma said...

PS you are totally my role model! You rock my socks!

Krista said...

At times I think I could be all of the above. I was taken a back a few times when people would comment on my blog and tell me that I am their inspiration. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would inspire someone else. But I'm also human and crash as easy as I do succedd sometimes but the blog-world had definitely made me more aware that I'm not alone and that alone is HUGE!

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

True that blog sister.

Jen said...

Okay first of all, you were one of the reasons that I started blogging in the first place...you were my role model from the beginning!

I started because I wanted to make some friends and meet people in a common situation. I never thought people would want to read what I had to write...and the first time I got a "thank you" email I was shocked...I wouldn't feel comfortable as a role model...

The best part of blogging, for me, is the friends that I have made...I realized today how much it affects me to get a positive comment on my blog...it can totally make my day!!

A Toronto girl out West said...

I don't know that I'm that comfortable with my role model status. I know to some I am but I would prefer to be thought of as a girl who is working hard and trying to become better everyday.

No different than so many out there! I'm just more vocal about the process.

Espressomama said...

Definitely no role model here, but if someone can learn something from my struggles, great. I started blogging as a way to journal my feelings, etc., as in a new gadget to keep me motivated. Once I started finding other blogs, it was difficult to start even leaving comments, because it would mean losing "anonymouse-ness" and someone might actually read what I had to say. Scary. However, I've met some really cool people having real struggles and offering real advise too.

Especially cool chicks like you, Mouse. The return of your rolls is a part of the journey, and your honesty about it lets other people know it can happen to anyone. The inner "chubby chick" is always one cookie, donut, or whatever away. However I think the journey is way more important than the destination.

Sara said...

Don't really think I'm a role model but that is okay. You are a huge role model of mine though - you just rock. I don't really have the words to express it really. But you totally rock my world! Thanks for that.

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