Finish this sentence for me, would you?
Depending on who you ask you’ll probably get a variety of answers.
For example: Bloggers are Crafty. Bloggers are Stay-at-Home-Moms. Bloggers are Writers. Bloggers are obsessed with Pinterest. Bloggers are DIY champions. Bloggers are Entertaining. Bloggers are too into themselves (ouch). Bloggers are Influential.
(I actually typed “Bloggers are” into Google to see what some of the recommended search terms were– my findings were not super complementary, but today I’m here to change all that.)
Bloggers are brave.
Why? Because creating unique content and posting it for the world to see requires a degree of vulnerability.
And vulnerability, my friend, is not for the faint of heart. It is for the brave.
Let’s talk about vulnerability for a minute. Is vulnerability sharing all your most intimate secrets with strangers? Is is spilling all your most embarrassing stories for the entire internet to read? No, I would argue that it is not.
In my mind, vulnerability can come in all shapes and sizes. Yes, it can mean self-disclosure or revealing something close to your heart. It can also mean taking a risk by trying something new. Vulnerability can simply be putting your heart and soul into something even though you’re not guaranteed a positive response.
This is what bloggers across the world do every day. They produce a piece of work, put time and effort into it, and then press “publish.” They invite readers from across the globe into their little world, not knowing the response they will receive.
It’s a vulnerable place to be and it takes a brave person to do it.
After years of reading different blogs and over a year of writing one myself, I have to agree with Brene Brown’s quote above. Creativity really does require vulnerability. The closer the post is to your heart, the more you worked on it, the further you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone, the bigger the risk it is.
I have the honor of knowing several bloggers who I believe are truly brave. These are ladies who were willing to be vulnerable with their blog and created something beautiful from it.
First, is my dear friend and former college roommate Asharae of This Wild Season. Asharae pushed herself out of her comfort zone to try something new and has created the most amazing food/lifestyle blog I could imagine. Read this sweet post on The Power of Presence and you’ll see what I mean.
Next is my friend Lily of Such Small Hands who wrote this article that ended up getting a LOT of attention across the globe. She followed up this brave piece with a blog post The Morning After… Talk about how a brave post can spark a ton of discussion! I am so proud of her!
Finally, is my friend Danielle of Parsley, Rosemary, and Thyme. In the midst of helping her family through a tough time, she shared a recipe that is so much more than a recipe but a bit of warmth and comfort to anyone who reads it as well.
These three girls decided to share a bit of themselves with the world and invited strangers into their stories. They were willing to open up and in doing so created more than a simple recipe or magazine article- they created a space of safe conversation for all who cared to join them.
These girls are champions in bravery to me. And they’re not the only ones. Each and every day I scroll though my Bloglovin’ account to find that hundreds of ladies across the globe have done the same. They’ve shared a story, a recipe, a piece of advice or a piece of themselves. They were vulnerable and they were brave.
Let Google say what it wants to about bloggers. You are ALL Brave in my book.
So tell me:
1) When was the last time you did something creative? Did you feel vulnerable at all in the process?
2) Have you written any pieces or read any posts lately that strike you as particularly brave?