Not that long ago, people without access to publication (newspapers, magazines, books) would never have a chance to be heard. These days, blogging and social media let “lots of different marginalized groups” share their stories, according to Canadian blogger Anne Theriault.
The Toronto-based writer tackles some difficult subjects on her website, The Belle Jar. The toughest one was her first essay on postpartum depression, because she hadn’t done mental-health posts before.
Although worried about the potential reaction, she found – and continues to find – that posts about mental health issues get tremendous positive feedback.
“Allowing myself to be vulnerable creates a safe space for other people to be vulnerable,” Theriault said in an interview on WordPress Discover.
Think about that for a minute. About how putting yourself out there – being real, being honest – can make a difference in someone else’s life.