When I first started blogging seriously about a year and a half ago, I had no idea it would become a passion. I also never imagined it would become a ministry. I have been extremely surprised that both statements have come to fruition. And, although blogging is hard work, I am really excited about the potential of An Intentional Future and I’m trusting God that He will do great things through my little tiny slice of the Internet.
Without further ado, here are some surprising truths I have encountered over the course of the past year and a half.
1. Blogging leaves us feeling extremely vulnerable. Blogging is essentially a method of sharing our art with the world. Sharing it opens us up to encouragement and criticism. It’s scary to think someone might criticize us for our world-view. The Internet can be a very judgmental place because it allows people to share their opinions within the protections of the inter-webs, free from all human connection. It is with this knowledge we share and understand that in order to survive we must develop “thick skin”.
2. Blogging is not only all consuming, but a work in progress. When I first started this blog, I felt called to encourage people to live with less. Now, my calling has moved towards helping people live beyond loss as they strive to create the future they desire. I spend hours a day crafting my words in hopes they might speak to other souls in need. Essentially, blogging is a part to full-time job I don’t get paid for. Sharing our words can also leave us feeling drained. Feeling drained is mainly why I felt led to write this post about Facebook. I feel I already give so much to the world via my blog and its associated Facebook page that I have little more to give on my personal page. But, a true blogger can really never escape social media, as it is one of the primary mediums used to share our work with the world.
3. We can’t just stop blogging because it feeds our soul. As I shared before in How Journaling saved my Life, it’s totally therapeutic for me. If I didn’t do it, I would be a different person. It also creates a sense of community. Blogging provides an opportunity to establish relationships with readers and fellow bloggers who are extremely supportive, encouraging, and provide endless amounts of inspiration. It’s really pretty awesome!
4. Blogging helps us feel like we’re making a difference. I honestly feel this is where God has called me. Teaching people to live beyond loss is my platform, and the best (or worst) part of it is that I have experience in this content area which means that when I write, I speak from my heart. Over the past couple weeks it has grown increasingly evident that this is my mission field. I don’t know how or why God gave me the clarity He did so early in my loss, but I am so thankful for it.
5. Blogging is incredibly challenging. Bloggers are constantly striving to get and keep your attention. We ache for your comments. We want to know that what we’ve shared in vulnerability could possibly help someone else. We also want to know if you disagree with our platform (constructive criticism is best), or if you have had a similar experience, because YOU are the main reason we write.