It struck me while preaching to my Fitbloggin’ friends that you should create then refine, revamp, improve and update a blogging mission statement … it’s been a while since I really checked in to see if I’m true to my own. And if not, how can I change it for the better?
That, coupled with a wonderfully thought-provoking discussion with Jenn from Girl Heroes in the comments (“Credit Where Credit’s Due“) and later in person made me wonder — is the voice in my head the same one that my readers are hearing? Do you all know how much I appreciate and value your support, even when you think I’m wrong?
So, for myself and you, my beloved blends, a few thoughts on why I do what I do.
I want to be less Wizard and more Dorothy.
- I want to be curious about the world and, through my adventures and exploration, bring you on the journey.
- I will share the beauty that I find and also help you figure out how to get the dang house off the dumb witch so you can wear the sparkly shoes. To do that, I’ll start ripping the house away myself, then show you how to do it without getting splinters or wasting your time.
- I want to be cautiously optimistic about the future and believe that as long as I have friends to wake me up in a poppy field, I will have a safe home. Whether that’s in Oz or Kansas or somewhere in between.
- I promise to try and remember that preaching (ahem, first sentence) is never as fulfilling or effective as conversating (yup, I’m calling that a verb) and that it’s wise to make sure that people see my flaws even under the glittery eyeshadow and hairbows.
- I never want to spend time locked away from the world, trying to make everyone think I’m an all-powerful, all-knowing person while the real risk-takers and sages are out on the yellow brick road, just trying to chart the right course to happiness.
OK, now that those silly statements are out there, what am I really trying to say?
My blog is a compilation of lessons I learned because I was curious to get the answers for myself — and in doing so, I often figured them out the “wrong” way. So my posts are meant to be teaching tools, and the end of the story, not necessarily the entire experience.
So as much as I love hearing you tell me that something I’ve done has inspired or taught you, I never want to be a guru or a know-it-all.
I’m a know-a-little-but-research-a-lot.
Please don’t get frustrated if you don’t know all that I seem to know about social media, marketing, blogging, healthy living or whatever I may be talking about. I promise, I’m just as confused and overwhelmed as you are — I’m just doggedly determined to get those answers.
Thanks, and I’ll be back with a new series on Bloggers in Depth tomorrow — a breakdown of our blogging community based on the answers so many of you gave me in the 2011 Healthy Living Bloggers Survey!