Day 8 of the 31-Day Blogging Challenge (#31dbc)
Today, I finally had time to look at the list of bloggers who joined me on the blogging challenge, which is being led by Lesa Townsend. I actually read at least one post by each blogger.
Most of the participants are women who do some form of life coaching (spiritual, physical, business, dating, etc.). There are also a couple of homeschooling mommy bloggers and fashionistas, plus 2-3 business consultants and 2-3 male bloggers. About half were work-related blogs and half were personal. Brenda Huettner and I are the only Technical Communicators on the list.
What struck me was not the wide difference in politics, approach, focus, or writing skill. But rather, I was struck by the common themes, expressed by almost everyone, either in their posts or in their About pages:
- Make the world better by your actions and presence.
- Be conscious in your dealings with others.
- Be kind.
- Have a gratitude attitude.
- Our stories matter and are part of what makes each of us unique.
- We all want to be heard and understood.
- Many of us have quirky, interesting hobbies and interests.
- We all have something to contribute.
Yes, I am on the list. But signing up for this project made me realize how, well, non-existant my blog really is! I actually started it back in 2005 or so, but recently let things slide. So much so, sadly, that I’m now trying to build an entirely new blog and hopefully recapture at least some of those old posts. Now that we’re almost half way through the month, I’m not sure I’ll “succeed” at the 31 post goal, but in the bigger scheme of things, this is still a success if I get my blog back at all.
I’m looking forward to seeing the new blog, Brenda, especially your SXSW commentary!