Sometimes our voices appear to be louder behind a screen, rather than in front of one.
I think blogs are amazing. They give people like me and you, a place to share our lives, interests and passions for the internet to see. But today, I had a thought. What if I used my blog in some way to make a difference and help others?
Now, I would class my blog as being of the lifestyle genre. In all honesty, I hate telling people that. ‘Lifestyle blogs’ can often be deemed to share these idealistic type of lives – the ones we dream of and desire. Perhaps readers like to escape for a few moments and live the life of someone else; I know I do.
Blogs have such a huge potential to influence others. We’ve seen the soaring success of popular bloggers and YouTubers who have gone on to create brands and businesses, ultimately becoming the new type of internet entrepreneurs. I don’t believe there is anything wrong in that by any means – they are making a living, just as we do each day.
But what if we used some of this influence, passion and platform as a way to truly make a difference to people’s lives? I have friends and family members who do so many amazing things for charities – whether it’s marathons, helping abroad or volunteering. However when I look back over recent times, I feel ultimately ashamed of my lack of involvement in such activities. As such, I want to change this.
I know we shouldn’t need the internet to solely showcase our acts of kindness and compassion for others – if we did, what kind of world would we be living in? But is there not something there… The fact we can be influenced to buy make-up, clothes or visit a new bar from a short video/blog post – yet, when it comes to raising awareness or money for a particular charity it can be such a difficult thing to get people to notice?
I feel so lucky to live in such a vibrant city, but when I walk the streets of Manchester I feel like I could do something to help the community. Now these are just my early thoughts, but I honestly believe the power of blogging could be extended to something else. Even if it’s just groups of local bloggers getting together and collaborating with charities to raise money through fashion shows, cake sales, making toiletries packs, helping at soup kitchens and inviting others to come along – it could be a starting point to helping those in need. It may take some time, but I think we can make a true difference through our blogs.
Over the forthcoming weeks, months and years, I’m going to challenge myself to do exactly this. Whether it’s something as simple as buying extra items of food for the homeless, going along to charity events or working with others to help raise awareness of causes – such simple tasks can have the ability to make others happy, give them a voice and inspire our community.