I like to blog.. I like to post ... These are tools to offer and receive support. I recently read a post on one of my Sparkteams that they thought blogging was self serving.. This comment really bothered me..Here is why.
I post a blog.. to me it is no different than a post on a message board ..perhaps longer and more winded but the same. I post information in a blog or I can on a message board the same thing. So to me posting on a message board would be just as self serving as posting in a blog.
I am not a judgmental person. That person has a right to what they believe. I would like to challenge the thought that they are different. You post on message board or blog and get positive responsive, inspiration, pats on back , ideas on how to solve your dilemma.. How are the two different my friend ?
As far as the Self Serving part.. This is a site to offer and receive support, to find others like you. To inspire and be inspired.. To make every day more healthy whether working to lose weight or just get healthy. Not everyone needs to lose weight.. Some even come here because they need to know they are not alone. Some are lurking , hopefully gaining self confidence to post on a blog , message board or a simple reply to someone.Learning from what we post on message boards or blogs.. Knowing it is possible because someone could do it .. so maybe they can too.
I do post for positive response.. I post so it may inspire some who lurks and thinks WOW I can do that too. IF even one person reads my blog or your message post and makes a better choice.. then it was worth it. If we can make one person not feel alone.. it was worth it. IF you or I inspire one person, it was worth it.
So many of us.. (not all mind you ) but with a site of millions of users.. there are hundreds , probably thousands who never heard kind words growing up. Some maybe never in their life.. but here they don't feel alone.. here they find companionship, they find a place to be peaceful and inspired.. here they feel liked and if lucky loved by someone. Here they are gaining confidence to make healthy choice, to walk down the block and not be scared of people looking at them.. Here they know they are not alone.. And IF them reading my blog does that. .Then I will post on my friend.. And if you don't like it .. great you never have to read it.. but know this..
I came here for that companionship, for someone to help me as I help them. To hold hands so to speak with my fellow humans in telling the WORLD WE CAN do this. WE MATTER TOO !! no matter your struggle.. we all matter!
I will continue to post on Blogs , Message boards, email.. I came here for support and that is a big way we give and get it here in an online world. So in the end you're right.. some Blogs are Self Serving but I will be Blogging on my friend.
I hope all my fellow Sparkers friends and lurkers... Unite and fight for what they believe in. I CAN DO it ..so my friends CAN YOU !!
I have to update my post as I should have done more research before hand. Thanks for your help Sumay and Dusty.
self-serving means serving one's own interests often in disregard of the truth or the interests of others.
Your post and mine are not self serving if we desire to help out others and are telling in truth what we post..
So why some blogs truly are self serving .. I hope they don't lump us all together.. I hope they give some bloggers a chance to help support them with this give and take idea.