“ I think this was my core need—to listen to others and to be heard, and to make a difference, to be a part of something. ” -Fred First
While looking over the selection of blog interviews, it was difficult for me to decide what blog interview to write about or even where I should start. I decided to begin by reading the quotes that were emphasized in the different entries. Out of all the great quotes stated, this one seemed to be one that most caught my attention. After all, who can't relate to the desire to listen, be heard, make a difference, and be part of something? All I know is that I connected to this quote in an instant.
After diving into the interview and reading through the questions, I realized that I related well to many points Fred discussed throughout his responses. I appreciate the fact that he started writing his blog because he just needed to vent, as he freely discussed his frustrations and personal issues in life. Without him realizing it, he was helping people going through the same problems and was getting responses in return. This to me is very powerful and shows how important it is for people to realize that we are not alone in our struggles of life, and we can look to various places for support as well as encourage others who may need a boost. Although Fred mentions he does not get a ton of views on his blog entries, at least some people are being impacted.
One other section of the interview that intrigued me was Fred's response to why he blogs. He states "I blog to better connect me with me, with you, with the me I'll be ten years down the road, and with those who come after." Blogging has become a part of life for Fred and it helps him to understand himself, connect with people, and allows him to look back at his life in the future and share his life moments with other people. This, to me, is great. How crazy is it that one day he will be able to look back at his blog entries 20 years from now and see how he persevered through trials or revisit the greatest memories he documented? And people all over the world can look at his stories and be inspired, or learn from him. This is how Fred is making a difference. Be a part of something.