50 Posts Prove Our Words are Important

What we say and what we write makes a difference.

Our words change us and the people around us. While it sounds like a shift in blogging is in the air, the one thing that will never change is the importance of spreading ideas.

When I asked you to send me the most important post you’ve written, and/or read this year, you delivered.

The following posts were not voted on. They weren’t given an award and they were not on the front page of anything, but a blog. They were however important, and often life changing to someone else. (and what is more important than that?)

There are posts about love and family. Some are about business, travel or learning a new skill. While not every post will apply to you or your lifestyle, each is important to someone.

50 important posts written, read and recommended by you…

  1. How to Practice Forgiveness by Tammy Stobel
  2. Bright Lights Big Shadows by Bridget Pilloud
  3. When Life Sucks…Renewal is Needed by Janet Oberholtzer
  4. Red Pill, Blue Pill by Laura Dossena
  5. Arrhythmia by Steven K. Griffin
  6. Six Steps to True Happiness by Chris Gaddis
  7. Ten on Tuesday, Organized Edition by Beverly
  8. The Upside of Beginning by me
  9. 20 Ways to Create Clutter by Naomi Selden
  10. What I Learned about Money While Planning my Wedding by Meg Keene
  11. Old-Fashioned Augmented Humanity by Sam Spurlin
  12. Close the Laptop by Matt Madeiro
  13. The Simple Secret to Overcoming Life’s Pitfalls by Glen Allsopp
  14. When There’s No Cure, What’s the Best Treatment by Madeleine Kolb
  15. Love and Purpose by Raam Dev
  16. Minimalism as a Cultural Paradigm Shift by Meg Wolfe
  17. 10 Nuggets of Gold to Improve Your Business by Satish
  18. Creating an Offer They Won’t Refuse by Dave Navarro
  19. 4 Steps to Overcome Blogger Burnout by Tess Marshall
  20. Seeking Your Suggestions by Robin Easton
  21. The Manly Guide to Being Manly by Phil Richardson
  22. Write Epic Shit by Corbett Barr
  23. Non-Toxic Tuesday by Clara
  24. Why You Do What You Do by Faith Janes
  25. The Year of the Butterfly by Francine Jay
  26. Comparison, Sticks and Scrawny Donkeys by Lisa Baldwin
  27. Everyone Worships Something by Joshua Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
  28. Addressing Minimalisms Misconceptions by Joshua Becker
  29. More of This, Please by Amy Oscar
  30. The Short and Sweet Guide to Being F’ing Awesome by Julien Smith
  31. The Biggest Obstacle to Energy, Action and Purpose by Kristen Sloan
  32. 8 Essentials for a Successful Marriage by Joshua Becker
  33. A Creator Gets Rid of the Takers in Their Life by Donald Miller
  34. The Spiral of Successful Habits by Leo Babauta
  35. Skinny on Maslow’s Hieracrchy by Steven Reiss
  36. Finding Your Enough Point by Sara Rauch
  37. Hoarders Ascetics and the American Dream by Dave Bruno
  38. Create Time to Change Your Life by Leo Babauta
  39. Known for the Lives We Change by Gena
  40. From Self Love to Neighborly Love by Lynn Fang
  41. Coming Up for Air by Bahieh
  42. Reclaiming Houswifery by Calamity Jane
  43. Ode to Starbucks Neetika Jain
  44. Getting to Know Yourself by Farnoosh
  45. How Minimalism Has Helped my Marriage by Adam Tervort
  46. You’re Already Perfect by Leo Babauta
  47. My Latest Project By Dana K
  48. The Post Where I Lay it All Out There by Courtney
  49. The First Step by Kevin
  50. My Happy Little Binder Story by Lynne

Some things we write are just for fun, but usually there is a message or lesson. A message of hope or inspiration, or a lesson in business or life.

Maybe blogging will change, as everything does, but hopefully we can preserve the best parts of blogging and free content. You don’t need a perfect design, all the right widgets, advertisers or thousands of readers to write something important. If your writing is meaningful to just one person, it is important. Even if that person is you.

What important work have you created lately? What important work has changed your mind, your business or your life?

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  1. DanaK says

    I skimmed a few quickly…can’t wait to get on my laptop this evening & read them all! Thank you for doing this.

  2. says

    Hey Courtney – I’m continually amazed at how 26 letters can be arranged into a mosaic of words that have the potential to deeply impact someone’s life. Thanks for sharing this list, and thanks for allowing me to be in such good company.

  3. says

    This is great Courtney! What a wonderful list – and a nice reminder that even when we are writing for catharsis, our words matter a great deal. I used to worry that the writing on my blog was kind of selfish because it’s a lot of personal anecdotes, but I feel like I learn so much about myself and my intentions through writing that I know now it’s necessary for me – whether or not anyone else reads it.
    Yes, I have goals for my blog and my work, but to me, one of the most important things right now for me is discovering my best self so I can be the best mom for my kids.

  4. says

    Thanks, Courtney, for sharing my post! I hope others enjoy it. I wanted to add that Non-Toxic Tuesday is a series I do (almost) weekly on learning how we can detoxify our lives and our bodies — this particular post is a Mental Detoxification Plan that I developed that I hope will help others, too (it’s certainly helping me, so far!).

  5. says

    Should have known you were up to something special! Mahalo for including mine, looking forward to reading what I’m sure will be a great selection. What is interesting is how this list would morph given a few more months of writing; every few weeks I have a new favorite post of yours and Tammy’s for instance. We grow as people in part from reading and being impacted by such quality material. Thanks for consistently contributing to that growth! :)

  6. says

    I’m going to have reading material for the next week or so now! Read a couple already and they are just awesome. Thank you for posting this list.

  7. says

    First off, this list just shines to the heart and soul and amazing folks (you and others) out there in this world, making a real difference.

    What important work have I created lately? I have taken a pause. (and I’m still actively in that “pause”) And it’s as though I’m being refreshed, renewed, revitalized. And it has me thinking new thoughts…thoughts that were getting buried under the “do, do, do” world I had created.

    …and this all feels right and good…

    (and thank you so much for asking)

    • Courtney Carver says

      Lance, I can’t wait to hear more about the pause! Sounds necessary and very important.

  8. says

    Thanks, Courtney. I’m honored to have a place on your list and looking forward to reading the (many) other posts on it that I haven’t read already.

    You’re right; what people say can make a difference. Other bloggers have inspired me, made me laugh or cry or think more compassionately, taught me something new or simply reminded me that I’m not alone.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Naomi @ Simpler Living

    • Courtney Carver says

      Naomi – Me too! In fact, it is other bloggers that inspired me to blog in the first place.

  9. says

    I have loved going through these blogs. Thanks for this list! It has been refreshing to read so many interesting things.