Last week, several hundred bloggers (including myself) attended the Type A Parent blogging conference. Though there was a terrific agenda of sessions as well as lots of networking and great fun to be had, the most important takeaway for me came on the last day of the conference when I learned what it means to be a writer.
Typically the least intensive day, we wandered in to the room needing gallons of coffee and getting ready for the conference to wind down. At the morning session, three well-known bloggers each began by reading one of their blog posts.
Through laughter and tears, at the end there was not a dry eye to be found.
It was a beautiful moment, with words that touched each of us deeply. Being able to relate to each one from personal experience I was such a blubbering mess that I debated whether to stay seated and hope that no one would notice the stream of tears running down my face or to leave the room and compose myself.
It bears repeating that their words had such a strong impact that there was not a dry eye left in the house. This, for me, was the single most important lesson learned during the conference. Words matter. As bloggers, our words are what make us relatable to our audience. Our words can be informative; they can be empowering and they can be therapeutic.
As I listened to these three amazing women I wondered about my own words. Do they matter? Could they touch a room full of people?
So often in this space we hear about having a niche. A niche will keep you on track with your mission. A niche will make you more attractive to potential clients. A niche will help you to find your tribe.
After seeing and feeling the impact these posts had on a room full of savvy businesswomen, I decided that needing to have a niche is total crap. Being in this space is about posting words that matter, whether that means providing others with ways to give back, teaching them how to save money, showing them how to craft with their children or helping them to realize that they are not alone.
Our words really do matter so let’s continue to use them wisely.
How will your words impact someone today?
If you would like to read the posts that made us laugh and cry, here are the links:
Overwhelmed by Motherhood: The Anatomy of an Anxiety Attack by Katherine Stone
My Son has a Super Power by Tanis Miller