Two years ago today, I nervously clicked the publish button. I had finally summed up the courage to start publishing what I had been writing for months. I hit publish but I was still worried about what others would think about what I wrote. Not only that, I was concerned, would anyone actually read what I had written. So here I was conflicted between dread of anyone reading and criticizing what I had written and the other hand wondering if anybody would even read what I had written.
Such was my dilemma. Each time I wrote and publish a post, it took courage. With each post, it became easier to share my thoughts and opinions and not be so concerned about what people think.
One of the most difficult things about having a blog was reaching the right audience. Thankfully when you first start a free WordPress blog, you can always find a handful of people in the WordPress community who will read what you have written. So for about a year, I had a small regular audience, some of whom are still readers until now. Those who have supported me from the beginning I thank you.
About a year into blogging, I switched my blog to a self-hosted platform which didn’t come with a ready-made audience. I struggled to find readers for my blog. As it became more difficult to find an audience, I became less enthused about publishing a post.
My passion for spreading the message of the gospel through writing never diminished and because of that I always returned to writing. Whatever doubts or disappointments I felt about writing and not always having the audience, I always focused on the reason I did it, for the audience of one.
We are all tasked with the job of making disciples and modeling Christ on the earth. Everybody has their own unique way of doing this. One of my ways in this season of my life through writing.
I have learned many lessons along this journey. If anyone is thinking about writing a blog I would say go for it. It is a great way to build your writing confidence, go deeper into the word and meet wonderful new people in the body of Christ.
As I am celebrating two years of blogging my passion, a few of the most important lessons I learned on this journey are:
Always remember why I am doing this
As with any venture that we take on, it is important to know why we are doing it so that when difficult times come we can persist. Clarity about why we are doing it keeps us motivated when it doesn’t go the way we plan.
Know what you want to write about
Some people call this knowing your niche. There are many Christian bloggers on the web but for the most part, everyone approaches their writing from a different perspective because of their life experiences. If you are going to do this, you should also know what you want to write about. What is the message you are bringing to the people?
Connect with others
The world of online writing can be a misunderstood place for those who don’t take the time to understand it. It will be helpful to have people around you who understand what you are doing and can encourage you when times are difficult.
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Stay connected to your source
Even as you try to spread the message of the gospel, don’t forget to stay connected to God. He wants to have a relationship with you. Don’t lose your relationship with him as you help others build theirs.
At the end of the day, we are just vessels through which God does his work. We are working for him. We take our instructions from him so we must remain connected to him.
There are many things I am passionate about but the greatest passion of my heart is to help others understand and achieve their life’s purpose.
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