Why Starting a Blog Takes a LOT of Courage

Yesterday I read a great article by Aaron on Today is That Day (one of my favorite sites), where I was introduced to few very interesting writing projects started by two other influential bloggers.

The first venture was initiated by my friend Alex at Practical Personal Development, and is called Caring Compassion Charity.  The mission is to share one or two causes that “make your palms sweat, your heart bleed, and send tears rolling down your cheeks”.

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The second project was created by Lola at Real World Spiritual and Personal Development where bloggers are encouraged to publish a story of courage.

For me, there is no better use of blogging and the internet than sharing stories of development, courage and compassion and I would like to thank both of these excellent bloggers for putting forth the effort!  Here is my two cents:

My Causes

I am very interested in how individual actions affect global circumstances, and it makes my heart beat faster thinking about ways to help others see how improving their individual lives contributes to a greater good!

We The Change’s tag-line “development for conscious people” is geared towards a growing population who believe that things on the grander scale can [and will] get better once we start shedding awareness on the consequences of our individual actions. 

For this reason, we discuss things like:

– The benefits of buying and consuming organic and locally grown foods
– Why seeing holistic doctor, chiropractor or acupuncturist is beneficial
– Why you should buy (and use) compact fluorescent light bulbs

Each one of these topics is excellent “personal development” material: organic and locally grown foods have less chemical pollutants and are better for your body; holistic practitioners do not just treat “symptoms” and view your body as a whole; using environmentally sustainable products will lower your energy costs.

But there are also global benefits associated with these issues: organic and locally grown food practices tend to be more humane and much better for the environment; holistic practitioners are not tainted by drug and pharmaceutical involvement; mass use of compact fluorescent light bulbs can dramatically lower greenhouse emissions.

My “cause” is to be part of the movement that spreads this type of awareness until it reaches a critical mass of individuals and “tips the scales” of our collective decisions!

My Story of Courage

Starting We The Change is one of the most courageous things I have ever done.  Someone told me that starting a blog is like getting a tattoo; suddenly everyone in your life is aware of your most sacred beliefs and ways of looking at the world. 

For example, I am closer with my sister than I am with almost anyone on the planet and she said to me “wow, I am really learning a

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lot about my brother from We The Change”!

To be a successful blogger, you really need to put it all out there.  Readers and subscribers are attracted to honesty and truth, and the most successful writers in the blogosphere emit a piece of who they are in every article they publish.  That is why we keep coming back for more! 

However, when its YOU that is the one putting yourself out there, it’s a different feeling.  They say actors have a tough time seeing themselves perform, and wince when viewing their movies and shows.  I now understand why, and for this reason I choose launching my own blog as a story of courage!

I would like to tag Zorka, Jenny, Erin and Angeleen for the above mentioned writing projects.  They are all wonderful writers, and I am sure can add unique perspective to the assignments!

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7 Responses to “Why Starting a Blog Takes a LOT of Courage”

  1. ZHereford says:

    Wow Todd,
    What a heartfelt, sincere post!

    I totally relate to the ‘putting yourself out there’ part! It’s very difficult especially if you’re a private person.

    I gladly accept your tag.

  2. Alex Shalman says:

    Thanks Todd, that’s awesome! You seem to really care about the environment, I like that. I’d like to point your attention to the fact that Monday is blog action day (google that). Perhaps you would like to participate and expand on your ideas of helping the environment, and more about what we can do to pitch in.

  3. Todd says:

    Hi Zorka and Alex, THANKS! I am IN for Monday being blog awareness day as well…

  4. Lola Fayemi says:

    Hey Todd

    Thanks for participating, you’re right having a blog does take some courage, to stand up for what you believe in no matter what anyone thinks. You really put yourself out there and as you found out from your sister, show all of you, publicly.

    Keep up the good work.

    In love, light and abundance x x x

  5. Todd says:

    THANKS Lola– really appreciate it!

  6. Erin says:

    Hey Todd,
    I agree, after starting blogging I was surprised just how much courage it does take. To blog sincerely, often you really have to put yourself out there – not just for others, but yourself too. It’s hard to see the black and white of oneself – but what an opportunity for growth!

  7. Todd says:

    Thanks Erin, very true!

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