This little plaque sits on a pedestal near my computer desk where I see it when I sit down to write nearly every morning. Since I began blogging in January of 2011, I have been asked many times, “why blog?” Sometimes people seem shocked that anyone would want to do such a thing – as if it is a complete waste of my time – especially when I have so few followers. “What does it matter in the grand scheme of things?” they seem to imply. The answers are easy to reveal.
1. I blog because I love to write. It is the way I have always processed my feelings and recorded my memories. I have tried scrapbooking and journaling but neither one has ever captured my soul on its pages the way I feel my blogging has. It doesn’t matter how many followers I have. My husband and family members who read my writing regularly have made every letter typed more valuable to our collective family history.
2. I have been reading blogs for years and I can say honestly that other mothers’ stories have changed the direction of my mothering life. These women have shared their post-partum depression, their anxieties, their decisions about whether or not to homeschool, their meal-planning tips and most influential of all, their deep and rich Catholic traditions and faith.
These are simply not cocktail party conversations. It is nearly impossible to cover such meaningful topics with other moms while watching children at the park. Blogs, I discovered, could be read while my babies napped, and their shared stories filled me with encouragement and helped me feel less alone.
3. When I saw the saying, Your story matters (tell it), its meaning resonated deep within me. By blogging my own story, however small and insignificant, I feel like I am reflecting a fundamental belief of the Catholic church: We all matter. Not more than anyone else, but neither less than anyone else. Each of us has a unique and worthwhile story to tell. A story no one else can tell for us. Whether you tell it on the phone to a friend or in a blog post to whomever might stumble across your words, your story matters and you can never imagine how your willingness to share it can affect the direction of someone else’s day.
4. While not everyone is called to blog, we are each called to witness our faith to those around us. I was so inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s message entitled, “Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age” because he invites us to proclaim the good news through digital media. He states,
“If used wisely, they can contribute to the satisfaction of the desire for meaning, truth and unity which remain the most profound aspirations of each human being.”
This exhortation from our own Holy Father encourages me to continue tell my story, to share my faith, and to be a small point of light in the galaxy of social media. Have you considered how you might share your own light? Because, you see, your story matters, too.
Misty shares her own story along with her photos and her favorite recipes at her blog mistysmornings.blogspot.com.