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.