In my day-to-day life, I often find it difficult to believe I have much impact on the world around me beyond the house I live in. I follow several blogs, which have a much larger following than this newborn blog. These blogs can have more than a hundred comments on a single post while I struggle to get one comment on my first post. All of this to say, I hesitate to comment on posts on the blogs I follow.
My comment might not get read . . .
The blogger probably won’t pay attention to my little comment . . .
Will what I have to say make any difference in this person’s life? . . .
To answer that last question: yes, what I do say does make a difference in someone else’s life. Sometimes, my advice or encouragement does impact the more successful blogger. I even have the proof.
A few weeks ago, I started following the blog Pancakes and French Fries, written by the lovely Jules. (Note: when I say I have started to follow a blog, it usually means I have spent a few days obsessively going through the past years of blog posts before hitting that subscribe button. This tendency continued with Jules’ blog.) Last week, she posted about her desire to give up paper towels. While I normally would have skipped over giving any advice in the comments section (she already had more than 50 commenters giving her advice), I could not help but remember another blogger I follow telling her story of giving up paper towels. So, I took a chance, and posted a link to the post over on Kelly’s Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking blog.
I almost forgot about this comment, until I went back to Jules’ blog a few days later. She posted about her decision to jump into giving up paper towels and the routine she decided to go with. I happily read along, wondering what she had decided to do. Then, I saw my name in the fourth paragraph! I could hardly believe it! One of the bloggers I admire had decided to go with my advice out of all the others!!! (Actually, it’s Kelly’s advice, but I’m the one who introduced the one to the other.) If you want the proof, here’s the link to the post: http://pancakesandfrenchfries.com/2013/10/that-great-advice/
Two days later, I still feel ecstatic about the recognition. This whole experience has made me realize, I have more influence than I had come to believe. So, if any of my (few) readers feels any doubt as to your influence, I encourage you to look around you. Notice the changes you have influenced in the lives around you.
In other news, I took a short break from creating inventory for the pop-up shop to create this guy:
I stuffed him with rice packs instead of my usual polyfill. I can put him in the microwave and use him as a hot pack. Happy weekend readers!