As a blogger, we build bridges. Bridges between people. We write, we connect, we share with each other. Ultimately we build a network to connect the world to our blog.
Brick by brick, we build a personal social network. Each comment we leave on another’s blog, each tweet we send out, each facebook like is another brick that we lay.
Many people start off blogging hearing the stories of millionaire bloggers. The end result may seem easy from a bystander’s point of view. They see the completed bridge.
When I go across a completed bridge, the journey is easy. I traverse a great river with nary a thought in my mind. But the building of the bridge takes hard work, determination and perseverance. In the same way, beginning the journey into the blogger’s world is the same process as building a bridge.
A Story about a Bridge.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the Brooklyn Bridge. The Brooklyn Bridge is one of the oldest suspension bridges in the United states, connecting Manhattan and Brooklyn, spanning the East River. Built in 1883, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world until 1903.
When the idea was first conceived to build such a spectacular bridge, experts throughout the world thought it was an impossible feat. It was common thought that it just could not be done. Engineers and building experts throughout the world told the designer, Roebling to give up the idea.
However, Roebling had a vision, and he knew in his heart it could be done. He convinced his son, Washington, that such a bridge could be build. So, they started working on the bridge project.
Right from the start, there was disaster. While conducting surveys for the construction project, Roebling sustained a crushing injury to his foot, which resulted in the amputation of his crushed toes. Shortly thereafter, he died of complications resulting from the injury. His son, Washington was left in charge of the project.
Washington had incredible faith in his father’s vision and set about taking charge of the project. However, after beginning construction in 1870, Washington suffered a paralyzing injury as a result of decompression sickness, which affected many of the workers. Washington was left unable to walk or talk.
Experts around the world pointed out that this was proof that such an incredible project was impossible. This project was just inviting disaster.
Undetered, Washington still held on to his vision of completing the bridge. He was immobile in his hospital room, only able to communicate by moving a single finger. His only means of communication was by tapping on his wife’s arm with his finger.
Slowly, he was able to develop a code of communication with his wife through the tapping of his single finger. By this means, he was able to regain the supervision of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge from his hospital bed with the help of his wife.
Over the next 13 years, he tapped out his instructions to his wife to relay to the workers on site. Slowly, the bridge resumed construction and was finally completed 1883.
Today the Brooklyn Bridge stands as a tribute to the triumph of one man’s indomitable spirit and his determination not to be defeated by circumstances.
Washington, never gave up his quest to build the impossible dream. And though it took the love and devotion of his wife and 13 years, he was able to achieve his dream and build his bridge.
We also are on a quest. There are millions of people in the blogosphere. We as bloggers are on a quest to build a bridge connecting those people. Each day, with every new blog post that we put down, we are laying another brick towards this bride.