Life and Other Funny Things

Influence

My funnies are running out. And for that I am sorry. But there’s a whole bunch of things going on in my head and it occurred to me that I should be letting them out. There’s too much stuff swimming around in my noggin. I need an outlet. Like in Harry Potter where you could just store away your memories and make way for new ones.  So here goes, no doodle, no funny, nothing really. Just some random words strung together in a sentence.

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A long time ago, I cried myself to sleep because of a blogger. What happened and why isn’t important. What is important is that this blog had an influence over me.

My whole life I’ve been used to thinking of myself as insignificant and unimportant. My dad is a huge space and astronomy fan. Growing up listening to him talk about the universe and its vastness changes your perception of things. Things start seeming so much smaller.

That night crouching on my kitchen floor crying my eyes out silently because of one little (albeit quite popular for its age) blog, I realized how big of an influence this person, the author behind the blog, had on me. The universe didn’t matter. The wars in other countries hadn’t had a part in it. Poverty, famine, nothing. Just the author and me.

It makes me wonder though, how much of an influence I’ve had on someone. Like everything else, I’ve always thought of my blog as insignificant in the grand world of the blogosphere. Do you think I’ve made someone cry? Caused a panic attack? Made someone happier? Made someone laugh when they really needed it? Have my virtual hugs every actually helped anyone? Not in a Whoa-That-Makes-All-My-Problems-Better! kinda way, but at least in a Huh-That-Felt-Nice kinda way.

I wonder…

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29 thoughts on “Influence

  1. Perhaps you haven’t stopped a war or fed the masses with your words…yet; but your writing can move people. In my case you have brought smiles to my face; and to me that is not unimportant. I look forward to your posts and miss them when they are missing. As long as you are willing to write, I am ready to read.

  2. Writing is a funny thing. The effects of your writing are never seen unlike a contact sport where the other person goes down on contact. However, every once in a while someone will say something that makes it all worthwhile. The problem is that those “once in a whiles” don’t happen as often as we’d like. The post that was featured on Freshly Pressed was powerful. Your humor makes me snort coffee through my nose. I’m sorry if I don’t always tell you that. I haven’t ever cried on my kitchen floor but I’m more of a bedroom crier.

    • Kate, your blog has the same effect on me. That’s why I have a strict no coffee while reading blogs rule 😀
      You’re right, I guess we don’t say that enough to each other. So I’ll say it now; I LOVE the things you write about. What’s it been, 3 years? You and I go way longer than any of my relationships. *hugs*

  3. Abso-freakin’-lutely!! Your blog has made my life better in a lot of different ways. It’s make me laugh, it makes me think, and it definitely influences me!! One of my very favorites 🙂

  4. You… my dear have some great words to say. I know there are days I read posts that really move me. You have made me laugh a lot! And I feel privileged to have found your little piece of the blogosphere and I do miss you when you are AWOL. But we all have our lives to lead and sometimes it gets in the way of our writing. Don’t ever quit! You have many more words that need to come out! Rock on~ 😉

    • Oh Courtney, you are just the sweetest. I know I haven’t been around a lot, but when I am, I definitely look forward to reading your comments. They’re always the best! And your blog always makes me wish I could write like that too. *big hugs*

  5. Influence? Reading you is like having another daughter, one who listens and responds to my comments without eye rolling (none that I could see anyway). In my eyes you are brave, brilliant and an inspiration.
    I’ve had my heart brown by words in the past and it’s no fun. It’s much easier to hide than to forge on, but you must. The world needs your words Miss Four Eyes!

  6. Change does not always happen with big things. Little things like holding open a door for someone, making coffee for friends, and even say “Thank you” to someone can make all the difference in someone’s life. We’re all battling things – each moment and small act of kindness can have huge impact. Especially writing. So keep at it!

  7. I’m just a teeny tiny person from one part of the world & you’re just another person but your posts always put a smile on my face. You’re one of the first blogs I followed when I first started out and you were my first follower too (So sweet of you to follow me! 😁) Your blog is amazing and I wish that someday, I’ll be as good at blogging as you are. So never give up on this ❤

    • Thank you so much, you are too sweet. You are a really really good blogger (which is why I followed you, duh) and your words always make me think of something I probably wouldn’t have if it weren’t for you.

  8. Your interactions with me have always made me smile. On numerous occasions, you’ve made me laugh. Don’t ever underestimate how much delight you bring to the people around you.

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