Personal Blogging: Is Sharing Really Caring?

By Lisa Jane Humphries 

In the beautiful, brave new world of personal blogging, you tend to tread the delicate line between thoughtful, authentic sharing and the dreaded narcissism. It was the rise of the so called ‘Mummy Blogger’ who dared venture into the very real and sometimes deeply personal places that others were too afraid to share. Beyond the highlight reel though lies the reality of routine, non filtered mess and the intimate struggles of every day people dealing with the dark taboo topics such as depression and anxiety. 

The concept of vulnerability comes to mind when you reflect on blogging from the heart. Although as bloggers we are often protected by our positions behind the screen of our technology, if we are sharing openly and honestly then we are instantly more vulnerable.

Brene Brown explores vulnerability in a way that shifts the focus from a place of weakness to actually being where you can potentially discover your greatness, which I love and highly recommend! Brene says: “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.”

If you are able to share with the guiding principles of dignity, respect and grace then your sharing can possibly become the exact ray of light that someone else out in the vastness of the web is searching for. Since choosing to share in this way I have been contacted regularly by email, comments on my blog and social media by the recipients of my light, most often they reach out to me with gratitude, and usually always tears. These connections are the reason I share, and they are my sign that I am doing the right thing.

The blogosphere is filled with so many beautiful souls embracing their own vulnerabilities through their sharing. Some of the bloggers I find myself most drawn to are those who approach their writing in a very raw, authentic and kind way.

Rach at In Spaces Between
Rach is gentle, deeply wise and always honest. She has a clear vision to coach like-minded souls to realise their greatest dreams through blogging and creative business. At times Rach shares the reasons why she has not posted on her blog for an extended period, self care and compassion guide her every move and it is obvious that she is impacting so many lives.

Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim
Chantelle is a Mum who makes it clear that her family comes first. Sadly, her huge following sometimes means that Chantelle is subjected to bullying. I love the way that Chantelle shares the good and the bad, at times you can actually feel how shocked and disappointed she is when someone attacks her for no good reason. This vulnerability, honesty and determination to rise above despite the ‘haters’ is so inspiring!

Susannah Conway
My blogging and vulnerability hero! Susannah began blogging after the love of her life was taken tragically by a sudden heart attack. Susannah has written some of the most deeply personal books as well as her achingly beautiful blog and photography. I am in awe of her ability to uplift others and continue to work through her own grief so publicly and gently.

Do you embrace your vulnerability?

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