I went to the BlogHer14 conference in San Jose a few weeks ago and if there’s one resounding message I heard over and over again was “tell your story.”

In fact, that’s the whole point of blogging, right? To tell your story. Or use it as a platform to tell someone else’s story. The world is more connected now than ever before. We can tweet or post or email or pin something from our phones, while shopping or while hanging at the beach. We can communicate instantly, but do we lose something along the way? I think that’s what I like most about blogging. It allows me a small space to slow down and really think about what I want to share, what I want to say, what I want to tell.

Do you find yourself thinking in blog posts? I do. A thought will cross my mind and I’ll think “oh man, that’s a story I need to tell on my blog.” And nine times out of ten, I do.

This week, in particular, I’ve found that I’ve done less telling and more sharing and amplifying the messages of my friends and colleagues in the black community. I’ve been doing more listening and less telling – why? Because the story of what’s happening in Missouri is not my personal story to tell. However, what I’ve come to realize is that as an American, as a human being, the broader story of racial justice and human rights is indeed my story to tell. And so I will.