I started Perspectives two years ago as an experiment. Blogging was new and I wanted see what it was about.
I’ve been involved in storytelling in various media–radio, television, print, video–for most of my life. I continue to work in many of these media today. I suppose it’s a common hope of journalists that telling stories will in some way help contribute to positive change in the world–not that every journalist is an activist. But the very “act” of telling a story implies that something of value will result from it. Even when it’s not stated, I suspect this is an unspoken motivation.
There is something empowering about storytelling as well. I’ve seen whole villages
where people gained confidence and hope when they were able to tell their story to others from the outside. The very act of telling lends confidence. The willingness of someone to listen adds even more, because it honors the storyteller. If someone is interested enough to listen to my story then it must be important to some degree. That’s affirming in itself. So, I’ve worked at storytelling using this reasoning and it’s been an interesting and revealing journey. We live in a time of paradox. It’s both more difficult to get stories into the mainstream media today and at the same time considerably easier to document and tell stories with affordable digital media that are becoming available to nearly everyone–at least to most in the developed world.
This paradox keeps me energized. Some are saying blogging is dead, except for the top bloggers. I don’t know if this is true or not. I do know that it’s not as easy as it appears. It takes time and determination. I also think it continues to be important. So, I’m still here.