Me – “So, what do you think?”
Son answering in well rehearsed monotone voice , “yeah it’s great mom whatever you like.”
What a smart guy. This is the perfect comeback to nip a current topic right in the bud and move onto bigger and better things.
Can you relate?
So when BlogHer asked me to answer this question, the answer came pretty easy…
“How does blogging, journaling, writing and connecting online
help to increase your happiness?”
Sharing my passion with like minded individuals does indeed increase my happiness. To listen to your feedback, an opportunity to interact with you through questions, and just general friendly banter online has become such a highlight in my life. Let me put it this way, if the net went away overnight, I’d be at a total loss.
Creative people seem to have a need to spread the love of what they create and require a way to express themselves. Whether it be through writing, photography or blogging, it all does the same thing. It’s an outlet that is precious to each of us in our own way. However, putting your efforts online can bring something new to your life rather than doing it just for yourself.
I live in the smallest town ever, in BC Canada. A beautiful mountain backdrop, one 3 way sign as the ‘busy’ intersection, a small library, and we even have our own little bank. And it blows me away daily that someone across the world emails me about their excitement over some pallet creation I’ve made.
Bloggers already understand the magic of online and what it can do for your own potential careers. But what if you aren’t a blogger?
I don’t feel you need to blog in order to be happy by any means, but here’s something to consider if you’ve been debating. Building a ‘place on the map’ for your passion has the potential to take you down a very different road. Putting yourself out there can open doors that you ever knew existed. You may think NOW that you’re just doing it for a hobby, but here’s the deal. Dream up your perfect passion and imagine being asked to write a book on it. That can’t even possibly happen if you don’t share.
How you enjoy your passion is totally your call to make. The most important point here is quite simply to do what makes you happy. All I know is, sharing my own passion online appears to make others happy and has easily tripled my own happiness, bringing forth amazing opportunities I wouldn’t have otherwise had.
I still ask my boy on occasion what he thinks of my creations. And I laugh every time, for I know, with his standard answer, he’s too busy with his own passions to dare be interrupted with mine!
And that makes me happy too.
How has going online with your own passion increased your happiness?
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