Monday, December 26, 2011

Blog Your Way Into The New Year: Top 20 Reasons from The Help

If some of you ladies out there are resolving to try something or learn something new this year, why not blog your way into 2012. If you have been considering starting a blog,  I would like to get you motivated. Don’t worry we’ll get back to features soon. Today I’m going to give you a few reasons why we think you should blog. 

Why Blog?

The Help- Change begins with a whisper.

When I started Rural Women Rock a few months ago, something switched  on inside of me- a new perspective about blogging I had not had before.  I began to see that blogging could be a tool to help others.  So many of you were already onto this idea and making a difference in big and very unique ways. Seeing this allowed me to free myself from my old perspective and move forward- I know I’m late. Better late than never right? I want to encourage you ladies who are standing on the sidelines, "It’s never to late” and it really is “better late than never“. We’re waiting.

The Help, If you have not seen this movie or read the book, consider it a must do. We are about women inspiring women here on RWR and this bit of movie magic meets all criteria- do take the time. Earlier this week, my mom, my sister, my sister-In-law, and a hoop-la of kiddos settled in and watched the Help one evening. I had been hearing ladies buzz about it for weeks, but just couldn’t make the time. I had to incorporate gift wrapping into the mix, so in my own commotion, I missed a bit of depth the first time around watching. I still thought it was an excellent movie. I watched The Help again this evening, and I was able to think about it a bit more deeply.

Here are some of the things I gleaned from the movie tonight in the perspective of blogging as a means to Help:

1. Even if they don’t seem important, our stories are important to tell.

2. It’s important to listen to the stories of others.

3. We become human to each other through sharing our stories.

4. Criticism usually comes from fear or ignorance.

5. Extraordinary is ordinary without the fear.

6. Sometimes silence gives power to the wrong people.                   

7. Sometimes doing what is right goes against the grain.                     

8. Some stories are harder than others to tell.

9. Telling the truth takes an enormous amount of courage.

10. Being yourself takes an enormous about of courage.

11. Courage can sometimes have aftermath.

12. Being criticized, scorned, or ostracized does not always mean you are doing something wrong.

13. Telling the truth sets us free.

14. Telling your story will set others free.

15. We learn and grow from one another

16. We move forward collectively by sharing our experiences.

17. We don’t have to have all the answers to tell our story- sometimes our story is the answer.

18. We rarely know the impact or enormity of what we contribute to society, good or bad, until much later in the story.

19. Life is messy anyway.

20. God fills in all the blanks when we ask………………..always!

In the movie, as she's developing her vision for her writing, Skeeter’s editor asked her, “What bothers you that doesn’t seem to bother others?”
I just heard a speaker talk about this less than a week ago, and it has been on my mind for some time. We all need burdens and visions. Your burden is what bothers you. Your vision is what you see yourself doing about it. This could be a start. If not through blogging, I challenge you to find your vision this year. I believe in prayer and the power of God. I have the desire to do God things not good things. I’ve been a long time coming on this one or possibly have matured at a slower pace than most, but I’m ready and more than willing to find my vision. Are you?

We all have our own little slice of life-our own story to tell. Something to teach. Something to give back. Some ordinary that once shared becomes extraordinary. It is built into us as a gift from God- Good or bad. We can find purpose in our own lives by helping others.  We have a chance to make a difference, and we don’t have to go around the world to find someone that can benefit from our existence. The world is at your finger tips if you will- Now that’s a reason to blog.

What are your reasons?


  1. Excellent post. I may not be a woman, but I love one. Does that count?

  2. Wonderful post. I've wanted to read the Help too now that Christmas is over I'll get to it. I know I have things to contribute but sometimes it's hard to put into words. Or the things that bother me, I don't know how to blog about it to help others. Sorry I haven't been by here recently..with the weather, kids out of school and holidays social media has had to take a back burner. Thanks for the reminder...I blog for others not just myself. I'll be getting back on the bandwagon soon :)

  3. Great post - I watched The Help just this weekend with my mother. Great movie and I'm sure the book was good too. I tend to avoid the deep things in my blog, but may write about them later in life. For now, stand up for what you believe in, be proud, and live life! I hope that some of the words that I write, or my guests write can encourage others - or show them a different side of life.

  4. Thanks Rodney. Of course that counts- and you are welcome. I've visited your blog a couple of times over a couple of days- for some reason I couldn't comment. I enjoyed it. Honestly the first male blog I've read. I love the mix of light and heavy. I'll be reading along. I WILL comment- I promise.

    Heather, No worries- I've not even been here. I think blogging in general helps. Inspiration, encouragement, recipes, ideas, it's all making us better. We learn from each other- and that helps. I am in love with the whole idea. I just see so many ladies helping- including yourself, and probably not fully realizing it. For a long time, personally I couldn't imagine I had anything to contribute. Now, I think we all have something to share- even if we don't think what we write is all that important. It will be to someone.

    Thanks Katy. Can't wait for your feature.
    Love: "Stand up for what you believe in, be proud, and live life!"

  5. Kasse- I am really enjoying you blog. Although I do not have a blog, I do find that if I am in a funk that journaling really helps.
    I find a great amount of inspiration from your features and all of these wonderful women. Thank you for sharing, you are one of the most wonderful people I know!

    Brandi Brandly