I’ve been reflecting this past week on the upcoming month of June. After attending Bloggy Bootcamp, I decided to take up one of their ideas, and so I created a schedule for my blog for the month of June around a theme. I chose as my theme time and schedules. Since then, this idea just hasn’t been sitting right with me. A couple of the posts I had planned were “how to” posts. Good ideas, I’m sure, but I decided I’m not going to do that, because in my reflections, I’m realizing that is not what Project Whitespace is about.
White space should not be considered merely ‘blank’ space — it is an important element of design which enables the objects in it to exist at all, the balance between positive (or non-white) and the use of negative spaces is key to aesthetic composition (so says Wikipedia).
If you take this concept of design, and apply it to your life, then whitespace for life is the stuff that defines you, and at the same time, it is the absence of all the busyness that you LET define you, it is the stuff that give you peace and quiet, calm, and contentment in your life, and in your heart and mind. That’s whitespace for life.
I’m coming up on a year of blogging (July), and so I am working with a designer to redesign this website. It needs it! And I am so excited about it. But as she was talking to me, getting to know a little more about me and my blog, I heard myself talking about the concept of whitespace. And I realized, that’s where my heart is.
I love the idea of having whitespace in my life and talking about this concept with other bloggers. When I started this blog, that was what I was searching for: whitespace. Over the last year, I realized just writing about this and communing with other bloggers IS my whitespace. I don’t need to go any further than that. And I’ve been looking around at your blogs, and this keeps coming to me: people start blogging to get that “whitespace” in their life. Whether you are writing because you are on a journey to heal from a disastrous breakup with a spouse or significant other, or you want to start eating and living healthy, or you are a mom or dad who just needs something to yourself, or you want to lose weight and benefit from the support of others who are doing the same–we are all looking for whitespace in the writing of our blogs, aren’t we? I know I am.
Blogging gives us that place to write and flesh out our thoughts, and then to put them “out there” for others to see and comment on. The exchange of conversation that results in support, encouragement, and thought provoking musings, is all a part of creating that whitespace that we as bloggers create for ourselves, and for one another. And we create it for each other, because we long to share what we have learned from our experiences. We want to help others too.
I think, if you are blogging, you have a need for personal expression of some kind, and you choose to express it through writing. You are a writer. You need to communicate. That’s why you blog. That’s why I blog. And that’s why I am so passionate about blogging, because I see it as a way for people like me, who normally wouldn’t want to be shut up in a room writing for hours on end all by myself, to actually enjoy writing, because (and I’ve said it before) blogging brings community into writing. And that’s why I believe so strongly in the ability of blogging to help bring us into our full potential.
I’m an encourager at heart. I don’t think I’ve told anyone this, but I’ve always been able to SEE the potential an individual has. It hurts me to see the things that keep you from discovering that potential. And so, because I see the power in blogging for you, and I see your potential, that is why I want to encourage you to blog, and to keep blogging until you start seeing that potential for yourself.
So often, I go into a blog and I think “wow–this person really knows how to write”–and I’m not thinking about your grammar, or your intelligent way of putting a sentence together. I’m thinking about the way you are able to share your heart. I’m thinking about how your perspective is so different than mine and because of that, you answer questions for me without knowing it, you show me things I never thought of. I think you often don’t even realize how well you are doing all of this. You really bless me. The best way I know to give back to you, is to center in again on that whitespace, and to continue to encourage you as much as I have time to do. That’s my promise to you.