From Tracie: The Boldness Of Blogging

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Boldness Of Blogging

When I think about boldness, and what it means to live boldly, I think of many things. Not backing down. Jumping out of an airplane. Being honest. Wearing white after Labor Day. Okay, that last one is a joke. I'm pretty sure we should all wear whatever color we feel not matter what time of the year it is. That is probably more about being comfortable in your own skin than it is about boldness.

Actually, when I think of boldness, I think of blogging.

Not that you have to be a blogger to live boldly; you don't.

But some of the boldest people I know are bloggers.

They feel fear, but they set it aside and hit publish anyway.

They gather up every shred of courage they possess, and then they submit pieces of their heart to an editor in the form of words on a screen.

They don't back down when trolls attack or comment threads get ugly, not accepting the shame or anger other people try to lay at their feet.

They do not hide.

Bloggers live conspicuous lives. No matter how many boundaries you set, or thoughts you keep to yourself, there is still a whole lot of you out there for the world to read.

As bloggers, we give our opinions, share our stories, invite people into our lives, brave the comment sections, collaborate with people we may never meet in person, speak our truths, turn our passions into something tangible, examine our memories in front of strangers, risk being misunderstood by those we love the most, find friends in unexpected places, learn new skills, and reveal our true selves in so many ways.

Blogging is a medium that allows us all to have a voice, and a platform from which to share it.

That is the boldness of blogging.

It is a beautiful and powerful thing that can not be ignored.

*NaBloPoMo - Day 10, writing to a prompt from SITS.


  1. Aww, I love how you described bloggers in general here and got to admit never prouder to say I am one after reading your words here. Thanks Tracie :)

  2. Hey there, I found you via the NaBloPoMo blogroll.

    I used to want to jump out of a plane, but then I saw a few too many episodes of helicopter rescue, and then I wanted to be winched from a helicopter. But then, I saw the opening of the current season of Survivor Blood Vs Water, and Jeff Probst was standing on the skid of a helicopter as it banked, and that became the new thing I want to do. :)

    Well, this is a nice place you have here. I can tell already I'll be reading you long after November is over. ;)

    As part of NaBloPoMo I try to comment on as many participating blogs as I can, and I also add participating blogs to my feed reader.

    So I’m just dropping by to let you know I’ve added your blog to my feedreader, I’m reading you loud and clear, I have a link up going at my place so my readers can find participating blogs which you are more than welcome to add your blog link to.

    Looking forward to seeing your posts, and you’ll likely see me drop by again during November.

    Happy NaBloPoMo to you!

  3. OH hitting publish when the fear is there is the hardest isn't it sometimes. I have been trying to write every day but sometimes having the grandbaby can make that erm insteresting to say the least...

  4. What a lovely post. I chuckled over your comment about wearing white after Labor Day. And I totally agree: there is a certain boldness found in blogging. I'd never thought of that before, so thanks for making me think outside my usual parameters today. Loved it.

  5. I love this post, makes me feel great! Powerful! and kinda proud.

  6. Oh, how I LOVE this post. I know the fear of hitting submit. It's weird because I'm such a bottled up personal... until it comes to my blog. And I'm so glad to be back because one of the first things I thought of was that 24 hour challenge you were doing and how dedicated you were about it. It was a huge inspiration to me at that time and still is. <3

  7. YES! This is so bold, and for years, I would get nervous before every post. I'm so glad I auto-schedule now because I no longer hover over the publish button as badly.

  8. Funny that I read this after publishing a post that could very well get me nasty comments. I was scared to post.

  9. You nailed this. Really really nailed it. :D

  10. Yes! I love this and agree wholeheartedly. It takes a lot of courage to put out there what our hearts and minds are wrestling with.

    Especially on a daily basis, you NaBloPoMoer, you! (:

  11. I love this, Tracie. As I watch those bloggers targeted by GOMI and getting bad comments...I applaud their bravery...and shame on those who hide behind comments! Great post.