I think that one of the things you highlight here is the importance of telling real stories, and hearing deeply the real stories, of real people. Which is, one hopes, what bloggers do. I agree that it happens in Facebook in snippets, and perhaps in a more viral way, but the longer (more "NPR"?) versions are, in my opinion, the real game-changers. And if you don't happen to know anyone who can change your mind personally, I think sometimes reading the kind of deep narrative that blogs offer us CAN change minds, and change lives.I think it's also up to us to seek readership outside of our comfort zone, so that we can tell the stories that matter to people who might not otherwise hear them and read them. You've done an admirable job of that with your blog, and your local and national networking with other bloggers ... it's a (slower, but just as earnest) work in progress for me. :) Thanks for posting this honest look at your own change of heart!