Connections, Blog Crushes and #1000Speak

My favorite connections.

My favorite connections.

Last month, I got to attend Press Publish, a one-day blogging conference put on by WordPress. They provided speakers who shared their expertise on the technical aspects of blogging on WordPress as well as an eclectic group of popular bloggers who spoke about their blogs and what inspires them.

There was a common theme that wove its way through the sessions: The importance of connection. The bloggers who spoke all talked about blogging as a way to connect to others, to ease loneliness, to bring about understanding and to form a community through shared experiences. It was inspiring and gave me a much needed boost to keep writing.

The best part by far was that I got to meet Emily of The Waiting. I didn’t just get to meet her. I got to sit next to her, shoot the bull and even have lunch with her. I got to hang out with my blog crush. Sigh. Lest I sound like a stalker, I’ve been a big fan of Emily’s since I started blogging so getting to meet someone I admire was awesome(sauce). She’s down-to-earth, funny and incredibly supportive. It’s a connection I cherish.

After the intensity of my last post, I yearned for connection. I needed to hear that I wasn’t alone and that there are people who understand what I’m going through. I don’t think I ever click publish without some hesitation and some posts are harder to publish than others. What bolsters my confidence is knowing that I am among friends, among people who yearn for connection too. We are changing the world from our little corners of the universe every time we raise our hand and say, “Me too.”

In February, a group of bloggers got the crazy idea that they could get a thousand bloggers to write about compassion on the same day and be the light they want to see in the world. It was so successful that it’s still happening each month with a new topic. This month the topic is connection. Here’s how to get involved:

Join 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion on Facebook

Follow @1000Speak on Twitter

Follow 1000VoicesSpeak.org

There are times when blogging feels self-indulgent and pointless to me. Other times I get writer’s block and I fear that I will never be able to write another post. Then I’ll read something that inspires me or challenges me and I’m so grateful for these connections. I’m grateful for all of you.

 

17 Comments on “Connections, Blog Crushes and #1000Speak

  1. I’m so grateful for you and love the connection we’ve made. You pop into my head throughout my day and it always makes me smile. I, too am a fan of Emily – how awesome you got to meet!
    You and I will get to do the same day. I just know it! xoxoxoxo

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  2. First off – so happy you got to meet your “blog crush” and that both of you seemed so taken with each other.

    Next, what you said about blogging sometimes feeling self-indulgent and pointless but then reading something inspiring or something that challenges you – that’s exactly my back and forth with the experience and why I keep going. There have been so many moments that blogging has helped me see things from another perspective, or helped me find something I never would have otherwise. It definitely helps connect me to a world bigger than I would have found otherwise!

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    • Thank you Louise! I feel the same way. There are times when I could spend all day reading blogs and other times when I need to take a break. It’s nice to know the blogosphere is constant and always in motion. 🙂

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  3. The connections with others are what keeps me coming back to blogging. There are times I walk away from it for a while, but I’m always drawn back to those connections and the new ones waiting out there.

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  4. I treasure the connections I’ve made via blogging. It’s funny to me that social media is accused of contributing to disconnection–and it can–but it also fosters connection.

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    • I know what you mean! I think that it makes people feel disconnected when it becomes the focus of their lives instead of just a way to communicate what’s going on in our lives. I’ve definitely experienced both!

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  5. Hi Karen – So happy that you met your blog crush. When I started writing, I didn’t have the word (believe it or not) for what I hoped to gain out of blogging. But as I was writing the post for this Connection topic, it hit me. THAT was what it was all along – the desire to connect with others who share the same stories, beliefs, experiences, and life views; to feel seen and heard.

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    • When I first started blogging I had an anonymous blog. In my first post, I wrote that I didn’t expect anyone to ever read my words and I got a comment that very day. It blew me away that someone would reach out to me like that. I feel so grateful to be able to connect to brave and genuine people like you Jackie!

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  6. Karen, spending time with you at Press Publish was an incredible highlight of my weekend! Thank you for your moral support, your gentle kindness, your wit, and your openness. I am sure that it won’t be the last time our paths meet. Just know you always have a friend in Memphis and I’d love to give you a taste of the best BBQ and southern hospitality on the planet!

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  7. Karen, you are truly one of the best things about blogging for me. Your honesty, grace, sincerity, and kindness shine though not only in your writing, but in your comments. I hope I get to be as lucky as Emily and hang out with you in real life as well. I will actually FINALLY get to see Em in person this summer at BlogHer…any chance you want to join? 😉

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    • I told Emily that BlogHer is on my bucket list for next year. It’s so cool that you guys are going! I hope we get to meet too but for now I’ll have to settle for my – uh, I mean my kids’ – autographed copy of Absolute Mayhem! I’m so lucky to have made such good friends in this space. xxoo

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  8. How amazing to meet your blog crush and to share in the blessings of connection with her and others. Writing, telling, and sharing certainly do make the space between us smaller, which is what each heart needs: to know that it is tethered to millions of others.

    Connection matters.
    It certainly does.

    With deepest heart, dear one,
    Dani

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