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How Blogging Has Empowered Me

By Sep 8, 201425 Comments

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When I first started blogging in 2009, I had no idea what I was doing, where this was going, or even what blogging was all about. In fact, I was a closet blogger for about one year before I told anyone I knew. I’m not sure how, but someone from a distant land would occasionally pop in and make a comment on something I had written. That actually hooked me, and gave me the confidence I needed to carry on. You might even say it empowered me as a woman.

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How Has Blogging Empowered You As A Woman?

Connecting with other bloggers has proven to be a point of enjoyment for me over the course of the years. It appears I’m not alone. Many bloggers have found a community, which in some magical way empowers us as women, connecting with other women in similar situations.

I was curious after musing on this topic, and decided to ask some of my blogger friends how blogging has empowered them. Lisa from The Golden Spoons answered in almost the very words I was thinking.

“Blogging has empowered me, because it has made me realize that I am not alone in my struggles – whatever they may be. I have made some wonderful friends who support me, encourage me, and love me.”

I love that! Well said, Lisa.

Adrienne from The Mommy Mess also wrote some inspiring words:

“Blogging has empowered me by helping me find a voice I didn’t know I had. It’s been an amazing journey of support, friendship, and community. It’s taught me to have courage to share honest stories about life because someone somewhere will find encouragement in knowing they are not alone and often times that someone is me.”

I totally loved that last line. Oftentimes that someone we empower as we blog is ourselves. Blogging is a way of sharing the good as we hold on to the memories, and the not so good, purging it from our souls to make room for new things to come. This is very empowering for a woman, because something new always comes.

Another amazing blogger, Andrea from Good Girl Gone Redneck responded as well.

“Blogging has given me an opportunity to share my voice beyond my own ‘circle’ of connections. It has also given me an additional way to advocate for women with postpartum mood disorders and to connect with women who have been where I have been, creating our own network of strength that is often hard to find outside of the blogosphere. The support system I have because of the people I have met in the virtual world is phenomenal. People I have never even met, or met only once face-to-face, are some of my closest friends. I turn to them to talk about pretty much anything I need shared. It’s amazing.”

Wow! This is an amazing thing that Andrea wrote. What an empowering thing to experience.

I think this is a common bond among bloggers. Blogging helps us not to feel alone in our journey, whether it be our journey as a mother, as a wife, as a daughter, or as a friend. No matter what we are experiencing, there is someone we can connect with who has been there. It doesn’t seem to matter that we will never meet these women in a face-to-face setting, they get where we are, and sometimes that is all that’s really needed.

Blogging or cyberspace can never take the place of up close and personal relationships, don’t get me wrong, we need that skin to skin contact. But it is nice to know that you are not alone, no matter what is happening, where you are, or who you are. To me, that is a very empowering thing indeed.

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About laurielyons

Laurie has been a wife for too many years to count. She is the mother of three mostly grown children. Her last year as a homeschooling mom will come to an end in 2014. Life is changing for this entrepreneur turned blogger and author of her first E-book. She often feels like the odd man out in the blogging world because she is in her fifties, but her love of social media and writing keeps her hanging in and always learning. You can find Laurie on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and her blog, Beyond My Blue Door, where she writes about life and the many lessons learned along the way. Oh, and she can hardly wait to become a grandma!

25 Comments

  • I love this post. I just started blogging this past July and I am amazed at how empowered it has made me feel. It feels great to have people actually reading my posts and sharing my same ups and downs I face as a stay-at-home mom.

  • Elizabeth says:

    I think blogging has empowered me. It is sometimes overwhelming and exhausting and there is so much to learn, but I feel a connection with other great women online that is wonderful. I also feel a little better about myself and what I have to share.

  • Lovely quotes. Blogging too has opened up a whole new world for me and helped me through all my struggles through life. I also got to know some really lovely ladies and built up great friendships with them.

  • Laina Turner says:

    Great quotes from folks

  • It has empower me to communicate things. I tend to be a bit shy and I have had to come out of my eggshell to become a blogger (and also a businesswoman,) gaining confidence little by little as I went along. It has been a good experience.

  • Laurie- wonderful post! Blogging has definitely empowered me. Before I started blogging about my infertility struggles I was embarrassed and ashamed to talk about it. Now I tell the whole world about it in hopes that it lessens the sense of isolation people struggling with infertility can feel. I’ve made some wonderful online friends and learned so much through blogging my struggles.

    • Laurie says:

      I LOVE this Lisa! That is the essence of sharing our not so good experiences, to connect on some level with another person who is or has experienced the same things we have. Kudos to you for doing so. Thanks for sharing that here!

  • Shelly says:

    Blogging, for me, has been a means for cartharsis, a way to get things off my chest and sharpen my writing at the same time. As others have mentioned, receiving feedback from others -an ‘I concur’ or ‘thank you for sharing, that helped me’- is a very welcomed result :).

  • Akaleistar says:

    These responses are so inspiring! Blogging is a wonderful way to build a supportive community, and I think that is empowering.

  • Blogging has helped me find a voice I didn’t know I had. It has helped me to express opinions and share the things I love.

  • Blogging has increased my confidence and self determination in order to create my own destiny.

    • Laurie says:

      That is inspiring, Antionette. You have a very clear picture of why you blog which is vital to any successes we have in life. Love it!

  • Laurie says:

    Makes total sense to me, Irena. Thank you for sharing that.

  • I have discovered a whole new world after I started reading blogs, especially the ones with children crafts or blogs written by SAHMs. I know it sounds like a pure clichee, but starting my own blog gave me a new sense of life. It gave me a feeling of control of my stay-at-home-mum life, suddenly I had a good reason to get up early in the morning.