Never in my wildest dreams did I expect a lowly blog on this site to cause such a commotion regarding a possible new event center here in Bemidji. After a week of whirlwind forwarding and viewing ,organizational meetings and hearing people comment (including I guess the mayor holding up a copy of the blog at a meeting Thursday) its time to just review how great the power of the pen can be and just how lucky we are to live in a country to give us the chance to do these things.
I honestly know some people who read last weeks piece, had never read a blog or even knew what a blog was. My personal reasons for blogging are many. I have always been something of a writer…starting with a "diary" in my early youth, progressing to writing for 2 years at my high school paper, to even writing a 100+ page review of my life (which i am keeping in my safe deposit box to be distributed to my children). In many ways I find writing very therapeutic. Its a window to the soul. It is also to me the very best form of communication as it is a "controlled medium". With erasing and backspaces, a person should NEVER STICK THEIR FOOT IN THEIR MOUTH writing anything.
Good writing can be a call to action. It can be a rallying cry. It can lead to change. It also can communicate positive messages. I happened to blog about my father’s last days at St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul last May. I never expected to see part of that blog be forwarded to their administration and having a portion of it printed in their corporate newsletter.
We always hear complaints in our "new age" world of bosses not communicating with their employees, with politicians being out of touch with their constituents, and so on. Yet we live in a world where there is so many forms of communications and it is easier than ever. New avenues such as blogging, text messages and pod casts, make not only knowing about news easier and quicker, but responding to situations and exchanging thoughts just as simple. You almost wonder why communication is so difficult in this day and age? Maybe its just we have too many forms to communicate in …it is too splintered.
We are so very fortunate to be able to read comments after newspaper articles on line, to submit letters to the editors, and even blog with virtually no government interference. Often we hear about countries (such as China) censoring and limiting this communication. We are all sitting in our homes, schools and places of work looking at these things without fear of someone knocking at our door and threatening us.
Let this be my call to action for you. You too have the power of the pen sitting right in front of you on your computer screen. Voice your opinion on something. Start your own blog. Write your congressional delegation, or your mayor! Your thought count more these days than ever! Share and communicate your concerns. Take advantage of this great freedom. Never underestimate the power of the pen.