How to Create World Peace With Your Blog

Rainbow pinwheelDo you know what the best thing is about blogging?

It’s that the Internet is a world without borders.

Here, as a blog owner, I can create the sort of world I want.

I don’t have to follow old rules. Our countries might be enemies, at war even. Our religions might be different.

But here in this safe space I’ve created for writers to learn, we can all come together.

We can respect each other and learn from each other.

Of course, this freedom the Internet gives us can be used for good or ill. I recently found this out when a writer friend of mine was discriminated against by another blogger because he’s gay.

I know.

But seriously, it happened. In 2012.

This made me reflect on what I love most about my blog — that it brings writers together.

Writers who’re just starting out, and writers with tons of experience.

Many Islamic women, I’ve discovered, read this Jewish writer’s website.

They trust me to help them improve their writing income. I’ve seen Muslim writers’ groups that have this site in their blogroll.

I consider that one of my proudest achievements. And I have three kids, you know.

Writers from all over the world read this site, and write for it, too.

Writers who live in Pakistan and Nigeria.

On my site, people who might never meet in person otherwise, can meet and become friends.

I want to take a minute today to say: That’s amazing. What a great time to be alive!

As long as you’re respectful in your comments and engage in the topic at hand, you can stay.

And we can help each other learn how to better feed our families with our craft.

I think what’s happening here on my blog is flat-out beautiful.

Maybe if enough blogs have a goal of promoting peace and love along with their stated mission, instead of hate and bigotry, that peace could spread outside this virtual realm and change things in the real world.

It could happen – look at the role tweets played in Arab Spring.

Peace.

That’s my dream for every writer who reads this blog, all over the world.

We all need it. It fosters creativity.

Peace, as they say, begins at home. This is my online home.

I will strive to be a force for peace by being open to all and treating people equally, and with respect.

That’s my radical plan to increase peace on Earth, with my blog.

My nondiscrimination policy

I’ve always had an attitude of nondiscrimination toward who I publish as a guest poster on this blog.

But what happened to my friend made me see it’s time to put it in writing.

So you can check out my nondiscrimination policy on my writers guidelines page.

I appreciate your feedback on it.

Are you spreading peace with your blog? Leave a comment and tell us how.

  1. Lori says:

    What I love about the internet, is that your site has the potential to reach the world. I often talk about how a blog is your very own soapbox, and from it you can shout out whatever you feel. To do so for the good of humanity all the better.

    I enjoy your blog, look forward to your newsletters every day. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with the world!
    Lori recently posted..How Great is Our God!

  2. Nicole says:

    your post was is really have a sense unlike other website posting harsh words. it is really meaningful and my mom told me that it is fantastic article
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  3. John Soares says:

    Very important points Carol. I just read and tweeted Ollin’s post. It’s an unfortunate event, but as Ollin said:

    “…the vast majority of bloggers I have come into contact with over the past two years are amazingly inclusive, supportive, and very loving individuals.”

    Society has come a long way in accepting everyone and their differences, but we also still have a ways to go.
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  4. Rosa Lee Jude says:

    As I read your post, I couldn’t help but hear the words of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in my head. Rock on!

  5. Julie says:

    Carol, thank you for this life-affirming, wonderful post. I can’t believe what happened to Ollin. It’s shocking. His post is a wonderfully elegant and profound answer to that, and your post is a heart warming take on his. Thanks to you both.

  6. Julie says:

    I also meant to say, this couldn’t have come at a better time. You have no idea what your post means to me. I am from Toulouse, in France, and I’m sure you’ve heard the horrible, horrible news last week. Everyone is still reeling from the shock. Thank you for writing this.

    • Carol Tice says:

      OMG…somehow, I hadn’t. Just looked it up. But I live in Seattle, home of the notorious Jewish Federation shootings of 2006…so I’ve been there.

      Let’s end hate, writers. We have the power to help make it happen.

  7. Jess Morrow says:

    Great post–thank you for this. It brought me a lot of insight. Good work!!
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  8. Cege Smith says:

    Thank you for sharing this insight today, Carol. I read and commented on Ollin’s post as well, and I think it’s courageous that he was able to take such an awful experience and turn it on its head to make it an opportunity for education and positive discussion. The world isn’t always an accepting place, and it is disgusting to think that in 2012 this kind of blatant bad behavior could still be seen as acceptable. But it’s how we respond that truly defines who we are, and if is clear that Ollin is an amazing person.

    Absolutely let’s join together in the things we have in common that will make us all better at what we do, and positively support one another because this world can be a lonely place otherwise.
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  9. Katlin says:

    This is a wonderful post, Carol. I’ve been working on my next blog post which will be on Ways to Neighbor, building peace on the block, you could say. I recently blogged about my passion, leading our Vancouver, WA Dining for Women Chapter (http://www.southwestwashingtonzest.com/2012/02/what-if-you-could-change-the-world-one-dinner-at-a-time/) which changes the world one dinner at a time by raising funds each month (with a potluck dinner/fundraiser) for organizations serving women and girls living in dire poverty in international locations. It is such an honor to write about Dining for Women (http://www.diningforwomen.org). I deeply hope that we can all find ways to make a difference in the world with our writing.
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  10. khaalidah says:

    I love this post…a ton.
    As a Muslim woman of color, I am often honestly concerned about how I will be received. My faith is important to me, and it guides my life, but I am such a complex human being. I worry that people will think that I am trying to “convert” them, or that I should simultaneously be trying to sell some “other” part of me. Proving myself. These are fleeting concerns though. I push them away, right over the side of the cliff of ignorance. I’ve realized over my last 41+ years on this planet that it’s enough for me to be “okay” with me, and then others will follow suit…or not.
    Peace requires mutual respect, not necessarily agreement.
    Thanks for writing this!
    By the way, I get your posts in my inbox and I love them!

  11. Alison says:

    Thank you for posting this. It makes the community as a whole aware of the things going on. It is a sad state of affairs when people feel they can treat other people as less than human.
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  12. Dee Dee says:

    There have been times when I have been so sure that the web is the best thing to ever happen to us as a civilization.

    Then there are times when I question it, but I always side with it being a good thing. Sometimes, as the world gets smaller, people become afraid of being too different or too same and that’s where a lot of the online bullying starts.

    If I ‘allow’ you to be different, what does that say about my own individuality, right? Sounds so childish, but the web offers so much freedom that it’s easy for some people to act out in ways that are different than how they act in ‘real life’.

    I love this post and thank you for reminding us to be both peaceful and kind with our own words.

  13. Anne Baley says:

    Carol, this is a fabulous post! I’m always thrilled when I see all the places my readers are from. I’ve had people from 37 different countries read my blog. I had no idea my thoughts would reach so far when I started writing it, and it’s exciting to see the list grow every week.

    The thing about the web is, no one knows if you’re gay/straight/female/black/green/Martian unless you tell people about it. It’s just pure thought and words. Sure, there’s an icon next to my name, but is it really me? No one knows for sure. All they know is what I write. It’s the purest form of communication, generally without bias.

    Of course, I write about saving money on vacations, so it’s not likely to engender deep political discussions, but the concept is still there.
    Anne Baley recently posted..What to Buy Before You Arrive to Save Big Money in Disney World

  14. I love this spirit! May it spread like wildfire!
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  15. Cathy says:

    Thanks for the great article. I write about beliefs and how separated we are because we all believe different things. I too love the internet because there are no borders. Maybe one day the world will be like the internet.
    Cathy recently posted..Unlocking Heaven’s Gate

  16. Brien27 says:

    Reading your post was You know you enter the site with respect.
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  17. Beautiful.
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  18. Carol,

    What a beautiful post. Posts like this are one of the reasons that Make a Living Writing is on my short list of blogs to read.

    I share your sentiments about the way blogging can cross and overcome boundaries. I truly believe we can make a difference.

  19. Jawad Akhtar says:

    Hi Carol,
    It wasn’t too long ago when I incidently stumbled upon your wonderful blog, while looking for some tips on freelance writing in areas, other than my area of expertise (SAP)!
    I have since been hooked and your each blog entry continues to be a source of inspiration for me.
    In fact, I must credit you for changing my view on ‘sharing, caring and giving’ that I have now formally and officially invited the entire SAP community across the globe to write to me in case they need career mentorship or SAP consulting tips. All this for free, as I am now associated with a very prestigious SAP publication in ‘Technical Advisor’ role and feel that I can help foster greater sense of community by being able to contribute my knowledge, experience and hard-learnt lessons of life!
    Finally, it’s good to see how you well you have mentioned Pakistan as well as Muslims, both of which I am!!
    I am still learning the ropes of freelance writing (without much success) and hopefully be able to benefit from your advices, very soon. I will come back to share my ‘first’ freelance writing success story with you! :)

  20. I have a personal blog about how I deal with schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. A lot of my blog posts include Buddhist quotes that encourage me and help me deal with reality and other people. I like to think that I’m creating world peace with my blog and with my Buddhist practice!

    Thank you!
    Jen

  21. AizaMay says:

    Well for me, blogging is my passion and I can see that in you Carol…Thank you for your informative post you shared us…And we all know that peace is really important in our site and in blogging…

  22. Peace is its own reward :) Well, that’s just one sad incident that has come to our knowledge, God knows how many of these happen every day but the poor victims may not share it, thinking they will be humiliated. Your blogger friend is a brave chap :)

    Writers and especially bloggers can play an important role in making this world a more peaceful place to live.
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    • Carol Tice says:

      Ollin has been awesome — really took the high road and has turned it into a whole blogstorm of positivity that’s happening. I don’t know if I could have handled it so well.

  23. ljilja says:

    I change the world to create peace where I am. If I am peace, I will make world peace.
    My blog is a place of peace, a place where I try to convey to people what I have.
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  24. Adina says:

    A beautiful post! I totally agree with you, that’s one of the greatest goals a blogger could reach! I’m a natural born pacifist and if I could make some peace with my texts, I really would do so! Bug up for the blogger in Pakistan and Nigeria!
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