A Blogger’s Manifesto

16 Aug

This morning, as I was contemplating writing a post about why I love blogging and what I strive to be as a blogger, I stumbled across the Blogger’s Manifesto website. They read my mind! So of course, I had to sign their honor roll and grab a badge for my site. If you’re in Reader, check it out.

The tenet of the Blogger’s Manifesto that I agree with the most is:

Be Authentic.

This has been the driving force behind my blog since Day One (which happened to be January 15, 2008). Do I understand that my religious beliefs might not appeal to (and may even repel) those who happen upon my blog for triathlon-related information? Yes. Do I realize that my crazy exercise habits might inspire some yawns or cringes from those who had been reading for my spiritual insights? Yep. Do I believe that there are other people out there, just like me, who are dedicated to both faith AND fitness? Definitely!

Instead of catering to the masses in an attempt to garner a bigger following (and believe me, this is definitely tempting!), I have resolved to remain true to myself and my beliefs by being honest and by sharing the truths about the gospel that not everyone wants to hear. I believe God is more honored by my not wavering from the truth than  by my chasing after subscribers for my own ego.* If I stopped blogging about God and my faith, I would no longer be authentic. Because God is my life.

This is also what I love most about reading other people’s blogs: authenticity. Getting a glimpse into other people’s lives. Connecting over common struggles and sharing in their victories. Offering advice and support. Being inspired to appreciate beauty and music. Having my horizons expanded. Gaining the courage to go after goals and challenges that once seemed impossible.

Travis thinks it’s weird that I read other people’s blogs, specifically people that I don’t know in real life and probably never will. He looks at it the same way as being obsessed with celebrities – that I must be so discontent with my own life that I have to live vicariously through reading about other people’s. Totally not true. In fact, I love my life. I feel very blessed by God to be where I am, doing what I’m doing. But I also love hearing about other people’s lives. I think this is a natural thing. Humans long for connection. We want to hear that other people are going through the same things we are. We want to have our voice heard. By blogging, we’re putting our thoughts out there, for all to read. I hope that others are inspired and encouraged by what I blog, as much as I am by what they write.

Another great thing about blogging is that it’s a great way to easily connect with other like-minded people. For instance, I love triathlons, but I only have 2 other friends that do them. So I read about the triathlon feats of Erin, Kelly, and SUAR, and the running feats of Brie, LisaKate, SkinnyRunner, ChicRunner, and Kier. Camaraderie at my fingertips!

Which brings me to:

Be Appreciative.

Link love! This is something I am trying to do more, because I do really enjoy these awesome blogs and I think other people would enjoy them too. I also try to comment on several posts a day because everyone likes to know that something they wrote resonated with their readers, or was at least enjoyable enough to elicit a response. And I read a lot of resonating, enjoyable posts! This kind of connection isn’t always possible in day-to-day life. I mean, how often do we get to sit down with friends and talk about what’s going on in our lives in detail (and with pictures)? In my opinion, not nearly often enough.

So I’d like to know: Why do you blog? Why do you read other people’s blogs (like this one)? What is the main principle behind your blogging style?

*I am most definitely not saying that every blogger who has a large following is doing this. Just that if I were to do it, that would be the motive.

3 Responses to “A Blogger’s Manifesto”

  1. transformcreative August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    Thanks for being so honest and true to who God has created you to be. In this crazy world where so many crave celebrity and that ever-elusive “following,” you stand out from the crowd as an individual who is rejoicing and reveling in who you are in Christ. Keep up the great job of being you!

  2. B. in the Know August 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    Great post – I love hearing more about why you blog and what you lvoe about it. I really need to check out that site, too. I blog for a creative outlet and a place to share the things in the fashion world (mainly) that I love. I do not want to just share what is trendy, but rather what is my personal take on what is happening in fashion. I love the freedom I have in writing my blog – and even more love when I can connect with others who appreciate the same things. Sure, I may have never met some of the people in person, but over the last year it has felt like friendships have formed because we also share parts of our lives with each other. When other bloggers have been walking through hard things I have been able to pray for them – that is sweet, I think.
    Much love,
    B

  3. Erin August 18, 2011 at 7:24 pm #

    My husband also thinks it’s a little odd that I have “internet friends” that I will probably never meet.
    I began blogging to keep a journal of my running/triathlon/life “stuff”. I am always pleasantly surprised when I see that someone is actually reading it! (Thanks for the link love!)
    I read other blogs much for the same reason you do, the camaraderie. There is NO triathlon community in the small town I live in and only a very small running community. The only other real life triathletes I know are my sister and my cousin, and neither of them live here! Also, being a stay-at-home-mom living on a farmsite, blogging is sometimes my only adult interaction in a day, especially in the winter.
    My blogging style? Things come out on my blog pretty much the same way they’d come out of my mouth, only sometimes I go back and use prettier words!

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