Friday, March 23, 2007

Your Message

With tons of hobbies that people are able to do, the one I find we all have in common is the ability to write or to speak our minds. As for the people who blog as well as myself, we all want to be heard. Isn’t that the reason why we write in the first place? We want our beliefs, opinions and stories to be out there– we want to make a point. That’s why we think this way or that’s why we think that way. We agree with some and we disagree with others. Sometimes our beliefs come off as the ‘truth’ and we disregard the views of people who comment.

Now here’s my opinion about bloggers. I have a few of them. Okay, okay- I have quite a few!

1. Bloggers are people who wish to be published writers. If you really think about it, whether or not they’ve published an article in a magazine or have published their own book- they're published regardless, due to them hitting the ‘publish’ button on the blogger option once completed with their post. So, we’re basically all published authors. We have written work for millions of people to see. (My site stats tell me differently though.)

2. We all want to vent- let it out- let off steam! But, in my honest opinion, what we truly want is to be able to vent, and hopefully the person(s) who needs to read it will open up to our blog page. Sometimes writing our frustrations down is more beneficial than verbalizing it.

3. Practice. If you’re an aspiring writer, you want to brush up on your grammar and punctuation techniques, etc. We want our stories to flow and sound easy on the ears…or in this case, easy on the eyes.

4. Love. Some of us have blogs for our significant others. (Shush, don’t look this way, I’m not that romantic!) Exchanging “love letters” through a blog is a great way to log the history of your relationship.

5. Memories. People post photos and write details about their children from birth on. Now, the only thing that concerns me about this is that they’re posting photos of their children. There are so many internet predators out there. It’s scary these days. When I see a family blog with a bunch of photos of their child on there as well as their city and state, I’m just baffled. Isn’t it our number one priority to keep our children safe? Do it anonymously if you wish to log your family memories down. It’s not worth the risk.

So if we’re being heard by millions of people out there on the internet, what’s our message? What do we want to convey to everyone that they haven’t heard before? What if we reiterate the same thing over and over? Do we mimic the words of others or do we simply state facts that generate from our own minds?

Of course you all know my message. My faith in God and the fact that I’m a lesbian contradicts everything most “Christians” cannot tolerate. I’m sick and tired of misinterpretations, judgments and the arguments of which sin is better than the other—and the fact that I believe homosexuality isn’t a sin. My message to people out there is this… Love God, love yourself, be content knowing that there’s not one person who knows your destination in the afterlife. Only the personal relationship you have with God can determine that—not any ‘religion’, ‘ritual’, or ‘good deeds’ will ever cover you. Your close relationship with God is your insurance. And that's "my belief". To you, it may be totally different. And that's okay!

What’s your message you’re trying to send out?

33 comments:

just me said...

This blog post is why I would put your blog in the category of "sweet spot". (my reflection today) I blog to have a conversation with my cousin zuzu who lives far away and because currently my voice is somewhat hampered because of my community so blogging is a place I can voice more of what is for me.

Good thoughts!

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

hmm, you have some interstint thoughts about why people blog..

I only started one for my family back home, to keep them up to date on shit around here, since we moved oout of state, I never thought anyone else would ever read it...funny thing is, none of my family read the damn thing..

I know when i see people posting their kids names, where they live, it drives me crazy...

I post pics of my kids, I dont worry much about internet predators, not like i have my address on here, or even say my name let alone my kids names..

if some sicko wants to wack off when they look at my kids faces, well not much i can do about that..

But I do think some bloggers long to be writers..I have been there, done that.

not novels, but writing for tv is just as hecktic..glad i am outta that buisness.

kathi said...

No clue, just something I want to do. I do it when I want, and don't when I don't. Gee, I'm soooo deep, lol. :)

Queenie said...

Never in my wildest thoughts, had blogging been to aspire to being a published writer.
Untill a few months ago, I had a very active job, and zero computer skills.
To cut a very long and boring story short, I now have problems with my mobility, am unable to drive. Being stuck in my home untill others could take me out, was driving me slightly mad.
I thought I could kill two birds with one stone, learn to use a computer (as this looks the only kind of work I will be able to do), and keep a diary of my time up to and post my operation. Along the way I started to meet some fantastic people (this includes you), who have storys to tell, of their strengths, weakness, and humour. This passer's many a frustrating day for me.....
At first I was nervous of contacting other bloggers. Will they make fun of my grammer, punctuation and technique's?
But as you said ,"practice", what better way than to have conversation with other bloggers. I like you, hope to be acepted for myself and not my writing technique. I find your blog open,
honest, and hits on a lot of issues I care about.
With you on the child photos, but everyone has their choice......

The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

"I am, therefore, I blog" or 'I blog, therefore, I am?" Can't figure out which is which!

~Deb said...

There are so many reasons why people blog- so I find it interesting to know why you blog. For me, it's practice. I know that I catch numerous typos and phrase things incorrectly sometimes. I think that blogging helps with the practice of writing. As for even learning the computer, another reason I forgot to write out on here is the html nightmare! I think we've all learned a bit about html since we've been on blogspot, or any other blog website that enables html. It took me a long time to learn about that.

I've met so many great writers, great thinkers and interesting people through here- so I'm grateful I found this forum.

You can practically write out your life and become a legend later on, after you've passed on. How cool is that? Knowing how my life works out, my blog will make it rich AFTER I kick the bucket! (ha)

I can just hear my nephew and two nieces say, "Look! Auntie Deb has her psychotic life written out on the internet!"

Nancy said...
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[eric] said...

I blog for two reasons: first to get my opinions down and out of my head, like a diary. Second, it's a social medium. I can't tell you how many great people in other countries I've met through this black box on my kitchen table.

Oh, and HTML/CSS allows me to forever indulge my nagging sense of aesthetic perfection on said blog, often to my own detriment.

~Deb said...

I know, and to think---I thought meeting people at a bar was great! Totally different intellect, don't you think? ;)

Lorna said...

A friend of mine who blogs suggested that I may enjoy it.......and I do! It still amazes me that I meet people from other countries and other parts of the US that I would never have had the opportunity to meet if it were not for my computer. I think another reason I blog is to help combat those lonely times. I always learn something, someone always makes me laugh, or cry, or makes me mad, too! LOLOl It is one experience I am planning on enjoying for a long time to come. I hope you are having lots of fun, wherever you are, Deb! hugsssssssss

Enemy of the Republic said...

I do want to address your entry, but first I have to give you this link:
http://www.originalfaith.com/blog/index.html

READ THIS BLOG! You will love it. It is one of the most intelligent discourses on the whole gay debate within the church. And the comments are even better.

Later I will tell you, or maybe just email you my publishing experience. I actually chose to stop--got really shy about my stuff. Now people are after me to write a book. I am publishing articles for academia, but they almost don't count for me in a way. It's just work. I don't know--I have to think on this.

Check out this blog, girl!

GW Mush said...

I think Deb wants to do more than blog/ be published.

I think Deb wants to be a movie star/director/producer.

Notice how many cute video clips she has on her blog? hehe
atta girl Deb! hehe

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

Deb,
You make excellent points and observations. You are such a smarty!

kathi said...

Just watched your 'message from deb' video, and girl, you are seriously gorgeous.

~Dawn said...

I have two blogs
My Frugalforlife blog is so I can organize all the stuff I find interesting and it seems to be useful to others as well, but it's mostly for me as a resource.

My Personal blog is more for self-reflection and to put my voice out there on thoughts that I know others around me won't really want to talk about.

In both cases I do it first for myself and if it is useful to others- GREAT! I don't want to be a writer, I KNOW I suck.

Video X said...

I have no message!! I don't really care about venting either. I have been thinking lately about why I blog at all anymore..er...well...I don't much presently...but anyway. Lots of things about it have been bothering me really. If I had time, I'd post it. But now I'm exhausted!

Catch said...

Deb..you have gorgeous hair! Is it natural curl? It is beautiful! Have a good weekend my friend,

QUASAR9 said...

Cute!
Love the YouTube shortmessage
Much better than an answerphone

Wishing You a great long weekend too

LisaBinDaCity said...

I don't care about my writing being published, but it has been on TV. Does that count? ;-)

grace said...

Deb,
I originally started blogging as therapy. It's served that purpose on and off for the past year and 7 months since I began. At times, it's just been a sort of journaling of memories and experiences, and at times, it's my own personal forum to spout my opinions about various things. It's also become an opportunity to meet new friends both virtually and then some in person. Blogging is like a friend to me. It's become a part of my journey that's opened doors, helped me clarify my thinking, and provided encouragement and comfort at times to others. Go figure.
:) Thanks for posing the question!
love and grace,
pam

├ůsa said...

Deb! You are so CUUUUTE! Nice message :- )

I started blogging to vent. Just to put my thoughts in writing to see if they made sense. Not directed to anyone. And then you found me. I learned that blogging was a great way to “meet” people and exchange thoughts with new friends who have no preconceived notion about me. Now I wish I was better at expressing all the things I want to say. AND I wish I hadn’t shared my blog with people I know in “real-life” in order to quit censoring myself.

xxoox

Miss 1999 said...

I started blogging as a character (I'm sure you remember Chloe' Gardner) and from there, discovered just how much fun it was to share my warped view on life, and that others loved me, too-- *hugs*

Natalia said...

Love it. *huggles* Thanks for this.

-N

Zibi said...

Not quite sure why I write ... Maybe you can tell me...

Crassius Maximus said...

The message I'm trying to convey is that of a blowhard himbo with little time for anything not having to do with football, steak, beer, or satire.

Paula said...

I blog, therefore I am.

My blog is a place to get down memories because I feel like my memory is so bad. I chose to make it public because I wanted feedback on my writing, and because I hoped that something in my past might be an encouragement or a warning to someone in the present.

One day, I would like to turn some of the better entries into a one-woman show that I could perform.

Jaded said...

To be honest, I never thought anyone would actually read my blog. I did it because I wanted to vent, rant, pontificate etc. It mattered little what people thought, especially since I didn't think there would be any people reading. I've never wanted to be a professional writer. I'm rather content with being a professional singer...one artistic career is plenty.

I felt more uninhibited when I thought I was writing for myself. Now, I've made connections with people through my blog, and have even met a blog friend in person. I often find myself hesitating about voicing an opinion or toning it down a bit because I know one of my "readers" will be offended by it.

I didn't set out with a specific message. I was just fed up with the status quo and with narrow minded thinking. So, I started blogging about it.

I still don't know that I have a message.

Pittchick said...

I have to come up with a message now?!?!?! Sheesh! :)

I agree with the children posting pics. I don't think I would ever want to post pictures of my kids online.

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