I have often referred to myself as a “small fish” in a big pond. A big pond filled with people who have such talent; people with thousands of Twitter followers, Facebook friends, and personal blog pageviews. People who speak and suddenly make everyone listen.
But what I have come to love so much about blogging is that you don’t have to be a “big fish” to be heard. Your mom can be your biggest traffic-driver and you can “like” your own blog on Facebook. You can have a sidebar that is without ads, and have never sat on a panel or attended a blogging conference, and still — your presence in the blogosphere matters. What you have to say and contribute matters, simply because it is out there.
While so many of us would love to be a big fish, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that regardless of your size you are still in the pond. So keep swimming.
Some of the greatest connections I have made are blogs that I somehow stumbled upon. I clicked on a comment or a tweet and it led me to a post filled with inspiration, a reminder that I am not the only person that feels this way, and in some cases even a new friend.
There are so many beautiful things that have come out of this blogging journey for me. Things like passion, increased confidence, an ability to make a difference in the lives of others, and a chance to pursue my dreams. But one of the things that I am most thankful for are all my fellow fish. Friendships that blossomed out of blog comments all made possible because someone dared to hit publish. Because someone was willing to put themselves and their words out there, even with the uncertainty of how people might respond, or if anyone was even reading at all. Because someone started a blog.
And through those friendships I have been blessed with a virtual support network. People who celebrate my joys and accomplishments, and who extend their care and concern on the days in which I have to dig really deep to focus on all the good that is still ever present in my life. People who don’t judge, people that look beyond stats and comment numbers and see my words for what they are, most often a reflection of my heart. People who are genuinely kind and who have left an imprint in my heart. People who I hope I can and am able to show the same support and encouragement they show me.
So my lovelies, I am reminding you today that your words matter. They matter to you and they matter to those of us who take the time to read them. Some of your words are so candid and funny, so endearing, and so moving that one can’t help but wish that more people had the chance to read them. Thanks to Babble’s Best of Blogs Campaign, they just might.
Now is your opportunity to share your words or the words of another blogger to be published in the form of 12 eBooks and one print book. Because your beautiful work should be revisited again and again rather than it being placed aside and lost in the Internet.
To all you fish in the pond, big or small, wearing your hearts on your sleeve and writing your blog posts each and every day (or whenever you get a chance to write): remember that your contribution to this place is important. All fish matter. The big and the little fish. Your heart and your ability to touch lives is not based on your location in the pond or your stats. Thank you for having the courage to share a part of who you are with the rest of us. And remember — keep swimming! Learn more about the Best of Blogs Campaign here.
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