Nameless but Important


I believe you are as important as you want to be. When I come to work I don’t get handshakes and head nods from the people that work during the day. All they see is a shadow, a nameless, hoody wearing shadow that as far as they are concerned as long as “he” is wearing a badge he is accepted in the building. No one calls me “Sir” during the day, nobody except maybe the cleaning crew and they only say that because janitors are possibly the most polite and hardest working people in corporate America.

I am not an important man. I wear no white coat to work, people do not pay me to lay down on my couch and have me examine their issues. I have never won a national award, my grades were not straight A’s, and I have never dated a supermodel. I am not even an author and did not study journalism or marketing in school. I have absolutely no qualifications that would warrant people listening to me on WordPress.

I am nameless… but I am still important. I feel like my words, written or verbally expressed, are worth listening to. If I didn’t feel that way I wouldn’t be wasting my damn time typing them out. Blogging is an awesome tool, a fantastic platform, because it provides your “average Joe” the opportunity to be heard.

I have been asked and I often see posts in which the writer or blogger is literally arguing with themselves over the validity of their own words. Why do you need to validate yourself before expressing your opinions? If people are looking for “facts” they can go straight to the source or they can look up Merriam-Webster, they don’t immediately browse Wikipedia… not if they want a passing grade. Much the same could be said of blogging. Depending on your blogging subjects there really is no reason to spend so much time backing up your words with links and factual tidbits. Not unless you are secretly writing for Nasa.gov or for school.

I write like I am a star. Like every word I say is worth the space of white paper that it fills. I don’t worry if this person or that person will enjoy my work. I don’t worry if my subscribers are going to take the time to read it and comment. I write and press publish confident that this nameless blogger, this nobody, is perfectly capable of writing something that might change the world.

-OM

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34 Responses to Nameless but Important

  1. KayDaNater says:

    I never really thought to come at blogging like this but you have made an astounding point. Being new to this whole thing, these words of wisdom are really invaluable. Thank you for this. Very wise you are! Now if only I can live up to these standards I’ll be on to something. 🙂 You rock. Thank you again.

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  3. cherripeeps says:

    An awesome post. 😀 I specially loved your remark about janitors often being incredibly hard working and polite. That is so true. I love people of good will. 🙂

    On the main subject of your post, though, my own perspective has some interesting intersections with yours. I don’t even place importance on being important. Because… really, what for? Why do we like being important? Because it gives us power? Or maybe a sense of validation? Why do we want the recognition, attention and/or respect of others?

    I myself don’t much care about any of that. I mean, okay, I want to be important to my family, my closest friends, and maybe my fat kitty as well. But as for fame, qualifications, the institutionalized importance assigned by status, job position, buying-power… I don’t care for that. I’m indifferent to the praise or scorn of the world because I know that my words, my actions — even my own person — have a value that is intrinsic: it cannot be augmented or diminished by anything or anyone. I am objectively important because I am important to God. Important enough that He (/ She / It depending on your religious profession) loved me into being.

    And the same is true of anyone and everyone else. I wish more people would know that. Many self-esteem crises would be avoided. And perhaps we’d spend less time jostling and jockeying for recognition/attention/fame and more time being kinder to one another.

    At any rate, cool post! Thought-provoking. 😀 Keep up the awesome!

  4. anatoot says:

    Reblogged this on t**tfull and commented:
    A good read for those beginners and newbies on blogging :))) don’t forget to follow him! 😀

  5. anatoot says:

    Wow. This really boosted my confidence in continuing my blog that i just started :)))

  6. Bravo. As it should be. 😉

  7. idiotwriter says:

    Sometimes – I have written – started out thinking one thing…gone full circle…and changed my own mind. 😉 It is a great source of thinking really and SOMETIMES I share the process. Sometimes – not often – probably for the exact reasons you just described here – it comes across as self defeating. It usually culminates in a poem that answers the questions I have been asking myself…or of society or God.
    Being a who likes to look impartially at all directions…(does not mean I manage in most instances to do so) it occurs where I can argue for both sides of a given perspective – sometimes – depending on the topic. See look – validating my comments even 😀 *self slap* lol!

    YOUR writing is what it is BECAUSE THAT is your way and style( yes you do have a style…)

  8. allisonjakes says:

    Reblogged this on Make A Wish.

  9. vwoods1212 says:

    Gosh u did it again, you totally had me until you went off into the offensive mode. I will grasp your mode one of these days :))

  10. songtothesirens says:

    An opinion is just that, an opinion. Everyone has one, every has the right to express it (provided it is not screaming ‘Fire’! in a crowded cinema) everyone has the right to be offended, or to think that you are wrong. But, that is the neat thing about an opinion, you cannot be wrong. An opinion is not a fact, although someone would swear otherwise.

    I, too, have read blogs where the writer has to stop and validate their every word. Now, editing what you have written isn’t a bad thing. But to write yourself into circles thereby destroying whatever it was that you were trying to get across. That’s not a good thing. Like you said write like you ate a rockstar and someday your words will make a difference. I would also add: write like you have already signed a 3 million dollar contract to publish. Write like you are famous.

    Just so not apologize for what you write. Speaking of which, my mother sent me a test the other day wondering if I know my blog was connected to much Facebook page? Of course I did. I am the one the one who linked them. They were there in their smart little paragraph (read abstract) form with a like to my blog if someone wanted to read the remaining article. It wasn’t like the whole post was laid bare; just enough to entice readers into reading more. I told her that is how some people choose to access my blog, and I immediately take down the really touchy ones. So, now due to censure by my mother, people on Facebook who read my blog cannot do so. I am completely unapologetic for what I write. If you do not like it, do not read it.

    • songtothesirens says:

      I hare it when I find the typo after the comment has been published “)

      • Heh, no worries. I have typos all the time. I just have the ability to cover them up… when I have the energy. lol

      • songtothesirens says:

        I am that person…..I always find the typo. Even in text books, and I have called professors fro forgetting the subscript on formulas. Got called anal retentive for that one. Rule #1 the professor is always right no matter what 🙂

    • 🙂 I agree if you don’t like it don’t read it. My mother knows of my blog, but she doesn’t read it often. Even if she did, or my whole family did, I would still write what I wish. Thanks for the insight and for the great comment! -OM

  11. KG says:

    And a star you are 🙂

  12. cherylcarroll1 says:

    great thoughts. i am going to try to write as if i am important, too. good things to keep in mind.

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