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.

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32 comments on “How to Create World Peace With Your Blog
  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.
    John Soares recently posted..The Well-Organized Freelance Writer’s Home Office

  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!!
    Jess Morrow recently posted..keeping the monster at bay (grow your self-care practice)

  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.
    Cege Smith recently posted..Paranormal Headliner: Marcus Twyman (and a Giveaway!)

  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.
    Katlin recently posted..March is for Clams, Charlie Brown and Sasquatch

  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.
    Alison recently posted..The Light Above

  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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  25. Jordan Philip Perris says:

    You want to know how to make world peace a reality, well, here you go folks :)
    Along with food forests, wire/tunnel like structures over sidewalks made of material that will not rust and stuff that have food and other plants growing/wrapping around them making for a beautiful walk and plenty of free food that you can grab along the way, countless things can be done to cities/buildings/etc to green things up, multi storied/layered plant troths/trays/pots, gardens, etc many people around the world can grow enough food in there backyards and cities to more then feed the entire populous, you can have multi layered gardening/growing/food trays, trays placed on walls, growing ops in houses/buildings, on walls and so on with the proper lightings (And yes we can build underground and in other cool areas too for those who wish to do so).

    There is more then enough room for greenery and the lot and we will have several times more then enough green energies/power/etc, as well as water/liquid/food for everyone/thing (With no money there is no worries about processing the salt water and converting it to fresh water through desalination plants and other methods like reusing/recycling your own water, complex/flexible/highly effective and pyramid +Self moving automated solar panels and magnifying glass like effects and complex wind turbines and countless other things with systems/methods and so on that would cost an absolute fortune back in the days of money that people can now actually use and have many do at home methods and there will be more then enough changes made to allow for people to figure out how to make sure that we no longer require pesticides and other harmful things and that rabbits and other creatures do not eat/ruin/destroy everything and get out of control with population, diseases/etc, so that we can all, humans and non humans alike properly benefit and have full lives, not to mention all of the water recycling/reusing methods and all the rest of it that will be put into place for everyone – No more money folks, no more money)

    Plus many more non polluting energy sources/etc to support everyone with a comfortable lifestyle, including the once homeless/etc who will be living in what were once banking/corporate buildings/etc/etc, these buildings and other structures/etc being converted into living spaces and other useful outlets for true/guaranteed sustainable living for all (there will be no more insane waste of space/resources and all the rest of it and just here on Earth alone there is far more then enough materials/etc for everyone and we can clean up our mess and make this planet better then it has ever been) and speaking of space, yes we should pay attention and learn from it, as in having enough professionals/equipment to monitor 100% of the skies for killer rocks and other dangerous cosmic activities and have more at tenting on plans to take care of an otherwise lethal situation, to be healing/monitoring the earth/ourselves/life, we can explore Mars and the rest of it later once we have solved enough of our own troubles.

    You’ve got all kinds of web services that allow you to design your own home, gardens and countless other things, including ideas/inventions and the likes, those along with schooling/teaching websites with different courses, hobbies and so on and so forth can all be easily available to us (obviously not a how to guide on how to build a nuke and such) and managed by the experts in those said fields so that you know all the info you are getting is legit.

    Peace is great yet we should not let down our guard all the same as others may be just biting their time and waiting for the perfect moment to strike with their nukes or what have you, but no worries I am certain that in the not too distant future that we will all be able to manage everything and not have to worry about such things.

    Transportation, not a problem, especially with so many brilliant minds finally being freed up to make it greener/better/etc for us all, plus with so many people being much more community based, in their own towns/homes/cities so to speak we will not be needing to use transport so much, besides how many drive back and forth to jobs that are not even needed or farther away then they need to be (Many jobs out there today should already be obsolete “not the skills of the workers just the jobs” and as for the ones that are truly vital there will always be more then enough people with more then enough skills who love the vital ones/will be more then happy enough to take care of them and us as a whole are naturally a cooperative species and long to share our talents, be with others and just help one another out and even now tons of people volunteer and help others, the community/etc who still have jobs and especially when we are free things will be far better then they are now, which is what will happen when we stop using money and move passed the monetary system) and the rest, we will take care of, handle things/help each other as a community, so it wont even be an issue (We’ll figure everything out together)

    Not to mention the countless materials (Such as all of the plastics, rubbers, glass, metals/etc/etc/etc) that have been tossed (Including many that currently cannot be recycled) wish can be used for countless things and several people with very creative minds in their field will continuously think up awesome ideas/innovations to keep things advancing/going and have continuous, inventions/innovations/creativities that will be so vast and as we truly enter this new resonance era.

    We can have greenhouses and other stuff galore and we don’t have to give up chips, pop, pizza and countless other great things, plus scientists have already created bacon from stem cells and it wont be long before medical science can do the same for all body parts, no scars or nothing, perfect health and immortality if we wish it and vitamins can be automatically added to foods/drinks/etc to best meet our individual needs (3D printers can create the parts needed to self replicate themselves and even print edible food) and we can even have more grocery stores then ever before with all the good stuff while still keeping things tasting great without the chemical and all the cheeping out that so many do to save a buck, soon having humane dairy/meet/etc created in the lab then in the comfort of your own home…so many countless/awesome things can be done for the world today (One of many other things that can be done, well, those beautiful/fancy ice hotels/sculptures/etc, many can be made in areas where they will not melt).

    With so many brilliant minds free to invent/improve things by continuous leaps and bounds without the countless atrocities/sufferings of money/greed, creativity/life/etc will truly keep evolving by never ending leaps and bounds, but like Egypt there are most likely going to be undercover people and others hired to try and make things worse, people rioting, wars started by propaganda and the likes, so we must keep our heads together and our hearts strong, love will win and we must not fall pray to the bullshit of the few (Percentage wise, there are very few people on earth who are committing crimes and far more who are keeping the peace, and given the way things are today, that tells me that we will make it, we are a smart/caring/cooperative/peace loving species), and as for those few who are trying to keep us in the dark they will not want to loose this current system and will fight till the end and cause as much fear and the likes that they can to try and keep it, so no matter what fear, rumours, false footage, reports/etc that they spew out and events that they try to create, we can’t fall pray to hate and revenge, we cant be the fuel that feeds their flame, we can not give those with deadly weapons reasons to use them.

    Also, what they teach in schools you can find on the internet, which in turn can be far better structured to make it easy to find/study what you wish with plenty of online discussion forms/help available as well as your community/etc – Doctors and such you will need hands on training as well, but what I am trying to say is most everything does not require that you have to be present in an actual classroom and this can leave even more areas that can be set up for the gifted inventors, thinkers, futurists and so on to come up with new/improved ideas/inventions/etc for those that prefer not to work from home. We can all have seeds/food/plants that can grow each year, produce seeds of their own/etc, empty lots/etc can be planted/forested (Best to go by natures rules/growth patterns/etc for planting trees and so on as well as repairing areas and reintroducing native plants/species/etc and Masanobu Fukuokas Seed ball method as well as his natural farming techniques are great and so is the homegrown revolution, amongst many others) and places set up where innovators can invent, talk and get what they need, to also work from home if they wish.

    In todays’ world we have more than enough resources and smarts at our disposal to make much more wondrous lives for every human being while being able to give the very best of care for all of the suffering (Even if our population was to suddenly double overnight) while still maintaining a very healthy planet, and yes, it is true, we could still make this world far better then it has ever been for humans and non humans alike even if there were roughly 15 to 20 billion+ people in the world today and we will always be able to continue to keep life awesome for all generations to come.

    So awesome in fact that that we may have to use a new word to describe this beyond awesome state, and/or possibly even this new era, maybe something like this one that I thought up, “Phosomancesss” – pronounced as “Faw-Sohm-An-Sisss/Fawsohmansisss :)” (A cross between “Phoenix, Awesome, Om, Renaissance and the hissing sounds of a species once hated/feared by many, know as Snakes”) Definition: A state/place of continuous transcendent evolution :)

    I for one would weep to no end if humanity as a whole were to abandon technologies, science/etc/etc as they are (As far as I am concerned) absolutely vital keys to our quality of life, salvation and continuing ascension, completion, awesome lives for the world over, for true freedom and so much more (Someday, because of them we ourselves can become everything that we need so that we will no longer need many of these things, but for now and for a while to come, I say, let those of us who want tech/etc embrace and continue to benefit from all of these things and in turn make lives as best we can for everyone in every way that they wish while remembering to keep their lifestyles/beliefs/etc in mind, lets go wild with museums, amusement parks, religious/holy structures and countless other life enriching/enhancing things.

    As for posting videos and other stuff, so long as you don’t plastering your name on other peoples photos/etc you should be allowed to post whatever videos you want (Including music, news/etc videos, again, so long as you don’t plaster your name/credit on them) and to also post your own video creations (Even if you use others photos, clips/etc and giving yourself credit for creating the video is fine just so long as you don’t claim that you created those individual pics/clips/etc if they are not of your creation) and if people state that they don’t want you to use/post their material for obvious and legit/non crap and non monetary reasons then their personal/etc materials should be kept to them and just having stuff posted on the net, especially if its for the world too see runs the risk of others finding and using it. Also, like so much other stuff, aside from the obvious stuff most of us shouldn’t have/etc, everyone being able to have the computer programs/software/etc/etc/etc of their choosing including otherwise outrageously expensive ones, the sky is no longer the limit, remember, money is no longer an issue)

    When things are truly changing, people will truly be able to heal/bleed out the emotional bullshit and free themselves/there minds, life will be very fulfilling and far from boring for you guys without money, to start there will be countless activities/tasks/things to keep you preoccupied whenever you want to do something, not to mention the joys of working together knowing that your helping to clean up the planet and doing countless feel good stuff, help other people/creatures/plants/etc and with people having far more freedoms to invent, create and improve life/etc things will only continue to get better for us as we will in many respects connect like we have connected before and be like one gigantic native american indian global type of community, we will at last know/feel true/real freedom the world over.

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