It has stemmed from something I am very disappointed in. I don't agree with a decision, and I don't agree with the vitriol that has come from it. From both sides.
Us bloggers have a power. Power to change the world, power to help people, power to make the world a better place. It is sad to see this power misused, and sad to see people thrive on the hatred. Above all, it's sad that people hide behind the screen. Would you really say those things face to face, in person? Would you?
For me blogging is not about generating hits. (Though I was very excited when someone from MGM studios Googled me overnight). It's about powerful writing.And making a positive difference.
I've thought about what being influential means. Being influential doesn't necessary mean good. It may mean popular. But those who influence me are good. Great even. Not necessarily popular or well known. And the bloggers who have influenced me have changed my life. They're real, they're true to themselves and they are good.
Being influential is about having an opinion, and sharing it. Venting, getting angry even. Being silly at times. Having a laugh at your own expense. But never hurting someone else.
Being influential is about having your friend's back to protect them. But also knowing when to play nice.
Being influential is about having a go, despite your fears. And when you help someone else to have a go, you've really done something.
It's not about followers or ratings or beauty or hits. It's about changing the way someone thinks about something, or encouraging them to make a difference. Being influential is not a popularity contest.
It's a privilege to be influential. People look up to you. You have reach. Be influential for good not evil.
Part one of The great blogging divide is here.