Thursday, January 22, 2009

Thoughts On Blogging

Hello! Guest blogger Brad filling in for Mo today. It's a bit of a challenge for me. Mo's posts typically give you something to think about or a way to challenge yourself to be your best. I, on the other hand typically post drivel interspersed with pictures of my dog, Bear. So I'll try and kick it up a notch.

Some folks have probably reached their saturation point on all things inaugural and political, after this week of celebration and self back slapping but I wanted to share something that blogging has brought me. I'm a pretty political animal by nature and when I first started blogging I tended to rant politics a lot. After a while (and after re-reading some posts) I decided to pull my horns in and sit down and shut up about it.

I found out that when I was quite I was able to hear so much better. Blogging has brought a lot of different people with different ideas into my life. People I would not normally meet in my day to day real life. I've been able to get to know people and like them even though we have differing opinions. I've had some really good debates with new friends of differing minds and learned a lot about opposing perspectives. I've also learned that I'm too quick to judge based on labels like 'Democrat' and 'Republican'.

Tuesday was a big day for this country. But the inauguration of a new president with new ideas will not move our country forward alone. It's up to each of us to take the time to seek out people who think differently then we do and engage them in a dialogue to find a common ground.

It sounds like a tall order but it really is easy to do. I've found the blog-o-sphere full of warm and wonderful people ready to share. All you have to do is share yourself.


meno said...

Yeah, it's a lot easier to listen when you shut up! :)

I have a hard time remembering that.

fiwa said...

BRAVO! Well said! Dude, you knocked that one out of the ball park. :)

love you -

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

You do a pretty mean thought-provoking post. I totally agree about the dialogue.

Kathy said...

Great post, Brad! You are absolutely right! I'm usually not as strident as I was in today's blog, but am really provoked by what appears to me as rigidity/bigotry. That being said, I know I need to listen more than I speak. Everyday I taught I prayed that I would be alert to my students' needs; that I would hear not only what they were saying, but what they needed me to hear.

PS Your comment to me is priceless and I'm still laughing!

Gin said...

Great post and very well-said!! Blogging adds such a wonderful new dimension to our lives. Well worth delving into further!

kimmyk said...

Hi Brad! Nice to meetcha!I'm gonna check out your blog...I'm such a sucker for a dog!!

Mary said...

Mo will be proud of you. This is a top notch post - very timely and thought inspiring. I agree with you completely.

CrystalChick said...

Great advice.
And you are absolutely right that each of us have to be engaged and help our new President help us.

I am enjoying the guest blogging. Good job. :)

Cheryl said...

Truthfully, this was great. I don't talk politics much. It's taboo at work. I've never felt that I knew enough to be engaged in an intelligent conversation about the issues. I'm paying attention now...that's what this election has done for me. And you spoke words of wisdom worth following. Brava! Bravo!

Ace C said...

Good stuff Brad. I knew you had it in you.