Today’s post will deviate from my usual. These thoughts are inspired by Donald Driver, who you may know as a former Wide Receiver for the Green Bay Packers. These were my first thought when I heard he was speaking: Fun! Donald Driver! I loved him on my Fantasy Football team when he played! Yay Football! Yah Green Bay Packers!
What I didn’t know is that Donald Driver is so much more than football. He’s done some other cool things (like win Dancing with the Stars) and written a children’s book series but he also has the Donald Driver Foundation, an organization dedicating to helping single Moms get on their feet by providing them with shelter and items they need to raise their children in a safe home.
Donald Driver had a rough upbringing – at a point in his life he didn’t have food and water and lived out of a UHaul truck with his single mother and siblings.
You can see a video of his story here (warning – you might cry watching it – as I did when he spoke last week! His MOM is his hero & his family & faith are everything to him. He is such an awesome guy.)
The words he spoke at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference were truly inspiring. He offered tidbits like, “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”, and “Don’t blog for attention, blog to change someone’s life.”
It really got me thinking and spurred a discussion both at our table at the conference and later, in some social media online groups I’m in. Does my blog inspire greatness? Are my posts epic?
No. I blog because I like it but I won’t lie and will 100% admit that I blog because this is a business. The things I do in social media help to feed and pay the bills for my family. This is my job. Is it noble? Some of the Moms at our table were absolutely foot-down firm in the answer being YES, it is noble to blog to support your family.
I’m not so sure that noble is the right word choice. It’s admirable because we all work to support our families and we work hard. And that is wonderful. But Donald’s words had me thinking – I have this platform with thousands of people reading and listening. What can I do to really make a DIFFERENCE? How can I do some good? If you’re blogging for business and you have a platform (fashion, fitness, food, kids being mine), not every post will be inspiring and epic. There’s just no way and that’s not the point. But that’s also not to say that some can’t be.
Food for thought. I won’t be changing anything content wise but Donald’s words left an impression. I’d like to look to the future and see myself doing something with the power of my words and voice that can do some good and make some changes for the better in people’s lives. Even if it’s just something small.
Donald Driver at the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, April 2014. Photo credit Josh Hallett