I’ve let my vulnerability speak for itself of late, and thinking about why I write John’s Road to Volunteering inspired today’s post.
I made the move recently to speak more on a personal level and to open up more about my inner thoughts, the demons I might have faced and the importance of being yourself online.
Telling these tales of the life of John Sennett isn’t easy. Know, that even though I find it easy coming up with ideas and the realisation of how a specific post needs to be told on a certain day, it’s hard to break myself down.
I break myself down, bringing out all of my emotions for many of my posts, and how I missed my best friend (last Sunday’s post) was just an example. The thing you didn’t know, was that very day would have also been my nan’s birthday; the one person I looked up to as a child and someone I don’t feel I’ve probably grieved for.
Talking about death and feelings towards those who are no longer around is heart-breaking. It’s heart-breaking to the extent I needed a nap half-way through typing up the post, as I couldn’t deal with my emotions. I was a wreck! I was a wreck, realising how my heart breaks knowing those I love are not here to see what I’m doing.
The life of a personal blogger isn’t just about opening up about life experiences, but it’s breaking yourself down, and putting your vulnerability out there for all to see.
There’s nothing wrong with being vulnerable, let me just say that! I’ve always been someone that’s happy to have a good cry (since adulthood) and happy to show his emotions. I wasn’t like that when I was younger though. I tried to keep things to myself and it caused more damage. It caused problems for my education, resulted in losing a lot of friends (I no longer speak to my childhood friends) and broke me down to the point I detested myself, but I didn’t know that until I experienced it.
Everyone has a story to tell, and what I’ve been through is why I share what I do. When you meet me in person, I have no ‘too much information’ point and that’s part of being a personal blogger.
Part of being a personal blogger is showing similarities in your journey to someone else’s and highlighting the relevance of talking as it happens. Talking as it happens creates the story-telling nature of a personal blog and allows people to feel they’re next to you as things happens.
I tweet things when they happen. I blog things when they happen. When things happen, relevance happens. Relevant content is the content similar to live-tweeting, and how using social media can represent your daily actions.
Daily actions are not always positive and can be soul destroying, but we ‘personal bloggers’ stay true to ourselves and we tweet when something is right for us. We blog at a time we feel ready to share our stories. We voice our opinions when we want to.
We do things are own way and showcase the importance of staying true to yourself. Personal blogging isn’t all that bad, when you think about it. I’ve learned so much about myself trough writing personal posts and when you believe something is relevant, it is! Everything is relevant when it’s on a personal level and the relevance could be a key someone can use to open up about their experience.
Personal blogging helps me to relieve the pain I feel, but my aim is to use my past to let others know they’re not alone.
Why do you personal blog? Have you shared something online that’s gotten a reaction? Share it below, and let’s share what it’s like living life as a personal blogger…