Discover My Secret Place

By: | December 31, 2014 | Tags: , , , , , , , |


What if there were a place, a secret place, where people who had never been respected could get respect, the lonely could find companionship, the silent could find a voice, and the nondescript could find an identity?  There is such a place.  That place is called a blog.

The Blogosphere

Until I started blogging, I was all those people (except for one of the lonely).  (Any similarity with the song Eleanor Rigby at this point is purely coincidental.)  In the blogosphere, we are transformed.  Our writing, and the connections we make from them, transforms us.

  • In the blogosphere, we are respected.

As I explained in What No One Tells You About Blogging, I feel respected when I read my readers’ comments.  Compliments like, “you’re a genius” and “thank you for your wisdom,” are validating.

  • In the blogosphere, the lonely find companionship.

On one of the sites I was perusing, it explained that if bloggers who used the site had no one to talk to on Christmas, they could go to this certain website and all “be together”.  Also, I know bloggers who feel loss, but their writing connects them with other bloggers and their audience and fills those voids.

  • In the blogosphere, the silent find a voice.

I am planning an upcoming communications post about finding a voice.  I have struggled to find one.  I don’t think fast on my feet, and I consider my inability to make small talk one of my worst faults.  Strangely, in contrast to when I speak, when I write, my words flow.  A blogger I was communicating with recently described experiencing the same phenomena.

  • In the blogosphere, the nondescript find an identity.

I joke that I am a “self-admitted coward”.  Yet, readers, when reacting to my blog posts, have called me “courageous” and “real” in addition to “intelligent,” as I noted above.

From what I have experienced in the two short months since I’ve been blogging, I know that while these transformations in my magical world of the blogosphere may describe me, I am in good company, the company of bloggers I am grateful to have come in contact with.  Happy New Year, everybody.

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  1. Susan

    Add strength and wisdom to the list. You have certainly demonstrated that with your thought provoking posts over the last two months. Happy New Year.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Susan! Thank you so much, as always, for all the support and validation. Happy New Year!

  2. AMummysLife NZ

    Blogging can certainly bring out a side of us that we can be too uncomfortable sharing in the real world. There is a kind of freedom in writing what we want to say on a blog. Happy New Year.

    • Janice Wald

      Wow! Am I understanding correctly, New Zealand? I believe you’re my first commenter from New Zealand! Sounds like you experience the same phenomena as myself and the other reader I referenced. My husband is concerned I am becoming too transparent, so in today’s post I tried to be more discreet. Thanks for writing, Janice

    • Janice Wald

      Funny line. Thank you for the kind words. Especially thank you for reblogging me. I am so flattered. It’s only the second time I’ve been reblogged. I received notice you’re a new follower of my blog. Welcome! I love your name, by the way, “purplecoatstoryteller”–creative and has a nice ring. Thank you for writing. I look forward to more interactions.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi again,
      I wanted you to know that we have a Follow to Follow page on my site. If you’re interested in obtaining new blog followers, check it out!

    • Janice Wald

      What a nice person you are. Thank you so much, and Happy New Year to you!

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  4. Janice Wald

    Thanks Ernie.
    Isn’t that funny–I was asking on Twitter if you had any advice posts, but I ran out of characters, so I asked if you had any advice, and you thought I needed advice. As I told Shawn who I reblogged, my readers are bloggers that like relationship advice, blogging advice, etc. I was wondering if you had any posts about those topics? Do you?
    By the way, thank you for the nice comment on Twitter. I, too, appreciate the connection.

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