Blogging Matters



It matters.  How you spend your time, your attitude, your words, and your smile.  It all matters.

I hope you all take the time and make the effort to share loving kindness with those around you.  The internet offers an opportunity to share with even more people, including those that are not close by.  We can truly make a difference in many people's lives.

A blog is a great way to connect with other people and share ideas.  Don't start a blog solely with the idea to make money, I'm afraid you'll be sorely disappointed.  I've made a few dollars with Amazon referrals and personal mindfulness coaching, but if you break it down I've made pennies an hour. 

Although you may not get rich with a blog, I guarantee that if you really put yourself into it then it will open doors for you.  You have to be sincere, patient, and build rapport with your readers and other bloggers to build a community.  I started Zen Presence just over a year ago to share the ideas of loving kindness, minimalism, meditation, mindfulness, and meaningful living - Zen for non-Buddhists.  I am not a writer so it was tough at first to put my self "out there" and risk embarrassment.  It takes courage to share our deepest thoughts and ideas.

If a blog isn't your thing then find another way to communicate and contribute.  The world needs you.  You could simply share encouragement in comments on other people's blogs or  join a Facebook community and share articles or ideas.  

Equally important - don't forget to share with those you encounter daily.  I remind myself constantly that the internet is only a small part of my life.  Right here, right now is where I have the opportunity to put my ideas into practice with the people that I am in contact with daily.

Though I may someday have something of monetary value to offer to the community I've built here on Zen Presence, I do not blog for monetary gain.  Below is a letter from a reader (with permission), name removed.  This is why I write and blog - to share ideas that may help others lead a rich and fulfilling life.



What you taught me matters, more than you realize. I am going to be able to pass it on, to my husband, to my child, and possibly to the world.

If our paths had not crossed, I most likely would not be alive now. I accept that. And best case scenario, I would have continued sucking up in a job that didn't appreciate me, and living in a co-dependent marriage.

I would not be the soul you know. My mask would not have come off.

You can call it chance. But I remember, word for word, what you said, after xxxxxxxxxxxxxx. It weighs on me daily. There is more.

I'm being sappy. And I don't apologize. I'm done with that. I owe my life to the love of others, so all I can do is love. That's fine with me. We all have God within us, which means, we all have love within us. I want to feel it, and to feel anything. It's all good.



I didn't teach this person anything, I shared ideas - ideas for meaningful living.  I hope that you will share ideas and encouragement as well.  Do what you can, it matters.

If you have a blog please share in the comments below, we'd love to read it.


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Because

Stepping Forth


Zen Presence - Ideas for Meaningful Living.

17 comments:

  1. Great post. I love the word 'zen' and the motivation behind your blog. Starting a blog has proved to be an awesome experience for me so far. If you want to stop by I'm at http://www.katzrambles.com :)

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    1. Hi Kat, Thanks for stopping by. Keep up the blog - looks good.

      Dan

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  2. "I didn't teach this person anything, I shared ideas - ideas for meaningful living."

    Is that not what teaching is? Everyone has a story to tell, and a lesson to teach. Keep it up!

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    1. You too Bethany, I know your blog is changing as you are but keep writing.

      Dan

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  3. Dan!!! Thanks for sharing that marvelous letter! Our blog has been an incredibly gratifying experience. We had no idea our message might be helpful to others, but apparently it is. We are sincerely shocked.

    Have a groovy one!

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    1. Hey CJ,

      Love your blog - I never know what to expect

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  4. What a beautiful comment and example of how words and actions can inspire.

    I love the "I'm being sappy. And I don't apologize."

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  5. Hi,
    I found your blog through "Journey to Ithaca" and have been enjoying reading previous posts. I started my blog because I really felt the need to share information, but didn't have any "real" people who felt like listening.
    It has allowed me to connect and find blogs like yours, which I am enjoying very much. Thanks!

    Katie

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  6. Dan, I really like the point you've made that the internet allows us to share goodness with so many more people! Yes, it matters. I write at http://alwayswellwithin.com

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  7. This is delightful. Thank you for sharing the effect you have on one of your readers. To have affected just one life that much means your work is worth it.

    Mark

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  8. That letter must have made your day. We do all have something to say and share, the internet has been a great way to learn for me.

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  9. Really enjoyed reading this blog! You know, almost all the writings & other things thats shared in my blogging site so far are words of wisdom from someone else...Sometimes, I wonder if I am making any difference at all what-so-ever, just by posting things that someone else wrote & sharing it to social networks & such.... This blog, cleared a lot of my doubts (atleast for the moment..hah!), even in the smallest of ways...I'm making a positive difference! Thank You for sharing...:-)

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    1. Hi Jeevan,
      Thank you for visiting and taking the time to comment and participate.
      I really like your blog! Very inspiring. I look forward to digging in a little deeper later.
      Keep on keeping on.

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  10. Hi Dan...I just wandered over from Bethany's link and wanted to say this is a lovely post and an excellent reminder for us all. No matter what we do--it matters. There is a quote I've always loved that says, "you can get a lot done if you don't care who gets the credit" and your post reminds me of that. If all any of us ever did was save one life--how can that be anything less that a huge purpose? Unfortunately with shows like American Idol or others, lots of people are under the illusion that it only matters if they are famous. Instead we need to remind ourselves of the message you give in the post--it all matters! Thanks again... ~Kathy

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  11. I've had an interesting read here Dan, thank you. Heather

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