Thursday, January 13, 2011

Analytics and Speaking Up

I was pursuing my Google Analytics page the other day when I came across a search term that someone found my blog by.  It was:

"Finding Your Voice"

Naturally my mind jumped into Super Writer Mode and went to town with details of why someone would run a search like that through Google.

Perhaps that someone needed a little encouragement.  Maybe they needed to speak out against someone or something, but were scared to do it.  Struggling with identity.  Struggling with self-doubt.  In an abusive get the idea.  There are a million possibilities.  Either way --

I've been that someone before, and it both saddens me and brings me joy that they would find my blog with such a term.  It makes me sad to think of all the people out there (especially teens) who haven't found their voice, but it makes me SO happy that they would find my blog -- and maybe a little encouragement.  One of my long-standing life goals is to make a difference in the lives I touch, and I hope this is another way I can do so.

Whoever you are out there in internet land, I hope you get this message:

Speak up.  Don't be scared, and don't discount yourself.  You have something valuable to say and you should say it.  I support you.  Most of all, I believe in you.

I wish someone had said the same thing to me when I was younger.


Erinn said...

awesome you know how to inspire early in the morning.
Thanks Holly!

Sarah Enni said...

This seriously made me tear up. Something so simple, yet so many young people never hear this message.

You are awesome <3

Susan said...

YES! YES YES YES! Thank you for this -- really.

And for the record, you've made a difference in my life. :)

Holly Dodson said...

Sarah and Erinn - Thanks guys. :)

Susan - That makes me smile. :) Thanks. Long distance internet hug coming your way! lol

Jessica K. said...

I totally just passed you an award! :D

And Chicken noodle soup? Girl, you cras-zy! lol ;)

LTM said...

that is so fantastic. While I hope it's someone who's trying to find their *writers* voice, just in case it isn't, how wonderful that they found you and your blog... :o) (((big hugs))) <3

KO: The Insect Collector said...

I love this, and I'm glad you said it.

Pam Harris said...

Great post! Now can you please tell me how you found this? I've always wondered how people can find my blog, but I'm pretty much computer illiterate. :)

Holly Dodson said...

Pam, I'll do a blog post on it! :)

Marquita Hockaday said...

You are so inspirational. I'm going to start printing out some of your posts and putting them over my desk. BTW- thanks for doing a blog post about this for me and the cuz- we're a lil' slow :)

Alicia Gregoire said...

This is great. <3

Jess said...

You are amazing. :)

Claire Dawn said...

One of the things I always hear a sa writer is "Write the books you want to read." I suppose we could modify that for this situation.

Be the voice you want to hear.

It falls to us as writers to help those who aren't bold enough to conquer on their own.

Thank you for beign the voice.