This was the status on someone’s Facebook that I saw last night. Now I don’t know what the context of said status was, whether it meant those who can’t write blog or those who can’t do anything blog, but it brought me to that point we’re probably all familiar with somewhat; that point where you want to post a passive aggressive Facebook status to counteract the other person.
But instead, I decided to counteract it by doing the very thing the status so condescendingly referred to (and hopefully not passive aggressively so 🙂 ) I don’t blog because I’m not living my life and would rather sit behind a computer and write about it. I am certainly not America’s next great novelist either but I also know I’m a decent writer. Blogging isn’t any less of an art form than writing a memoir, or a poem, or any other kind of writing is. It’s just a different forum.
I blog because I have a story to tell. I think we all do. I think we all can learn from each other and if my story can help even one person in the entire time I’m alive, then I feel like I’ve done something right. I’ve said this many times before, but growing up, we didn’t have blogs, we didn’t have social media. We had AOL Instant Messenger (ahh memories) and that was about it. I didn’t know there were other people out there feeling the same way I did, living with a disability…struggling the same way I was. I wrote a special blog for MDA and I had people tell me how moved they were by my story and how much it helped them to hear that someone else out there felt exactly the same way and was going through the same struggles. I can’t even put into words what kind of impact that has on me.
This was a great moment for me to test that whole not caring what other people think mentality. At first, I got really angry and even a little hurt. How dare someone I don’t even know judge those of us who blog? I even thought for a second, “Is what he’s saying true, even just a little bit?” Then I realized what I was doing…letting a complete stranger make me question something that I love doing. Something I know is helping me and helping others.
There’s always going to be people out there who have something to say. Sometimes it will be positive, sometimes it will be negative. The key is to keep that noise out. We’re all allowed to have an opinion and I think it’s great that we can and that we’re free to express it accordingly. But just because you have that opinion doesn’t mean what I’m doing is stupid or wrong. It doesn’t make me any less of a person than you are. I couldn’t be happier with what I’m doing and with what blogging has done for me so Mr. Facebook Status, I’m sorry you feel that way, but I blog…and I can.