Last month, I got to attend Press Publish, a one-day blogging conference put on by WordPress. They provided speakers who shared their expertise on the technical aspects of blogging on WordPress as well as an eclectic group of popular bloggers who spoke about their blogs and what inspires them.
There was a common theme that wove its way through the sessions: The importance of connection. The bloggers who spoke all talked about blogging as a way to connect to others, to ease loneliness, to bring about understanding and to form a community through shared experiences. It was inspiring and gave me a much needed boost to keep writing.
The best part by far was that I got to meet Emily of The Waiting. I didn’t just get to meet her. I got to sit next to her, shoot the bull and even have lunch with her. I got to hang out with my blog crush. Sigh. Lest I sound like a stalker, I’ve been a big fan of Emily’s since I started blogging so getting to meet someone I admire was awesome(sauce). She’s down-to-earth, funny and incredibly supportive. It’s a connection I cherish.
— Emily Austin (@TheWaitingBlog) April 18, 2015
After the intensity of my last post, I yearned for connection. I needed to hear that I wasn’t alone and that there are people who understand what I’m going through. I don’t think I ever click publish without some hesitation and some posts are harder to publish than others. What bolsters my confidence is knowing that I am among friends, among people who yearn for connection too. We are changing the world from our little corners of the universe every time we raise our hand and say, “Me too.”
In February, a group of bloggers got the crazy idea that they could get a thousand bloggers to write about compassion on the same day and be the light they want to see in the world. It was so successful that it’s still happening each month with a new topic. This month the topic is connection. Here’s how to get involved:
Join 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion on Facebook
Follow @1000Speak on Twitter
There are times when blogging feels self-indulgent and pointless to me. Other times I get writer’s block and I fear that I will never be able to write another post. Then I’ll read something that inspires me or challenges me and I’m so grateful for these connections. I’m grateful for all of you.