Dear wonderful readers and anyone else who might be stopping by,
I need a favor.
I’m taking a class right now on civic engagement, and for my final project I’m looking at the ways people use writing, specifically blogging, to engage with their communities and promote social change.
Part of this project has involved examining my own history and the goals I’ve had during the lifetime of this blog. I started Little Growing Pains as a way to sort out all the crazy feelings I was having, but along the way it became about sharing my experiences, empowering other people to share theirs, and letting people who are struggling with similar issues know that they are not alone. Plus, it allowed me to join a loving community of people who root for each other when things get rough and share in each others’ celebrations.
I’m not raising money, or changing policies, or causing some measurable impact. I wonder, then, is it enough to make a difference in little ways – telling an untold story, sharing an unpopular opinion, inspiring someone else to speak up? Should I be doing more?
In order to answer this question, I want to open the floor up to all of you beautiful people. You don’t have to go into a ton of detail – but whatever you can give me will be helpful.
- Do your blogging goals include having some kind of social impact? Do you think you’ve done so? How?
- Do you think having a blog can be an effective form of civic engagement? Does it make you a more responsible, educated, respectful citizen?
- How do you measure the success of your blog? Is it quantifiable – number of views, number of followers, amount of publicity – or is it something else?
Thanks for reading, thanks for your help, and thanks for being an altogether fabulous community of human beings. I appreciate everything you do.
Here’s to one more week of college!