It’s been a long journey. Writing words, piecing together stories, processing life journal by journal. It’s the one thing that’s stayed constant. The one thing I’ve always wanted to be
Six years I’ve sat and typed words across the screen. Six years I’ve practiced the craft of writing on the screen and in those six years I have been everywhere as a blogger and writer. It’s been a trial and error.
This space I call Reflections isn’t what I thought it would be. I had a vision for a platform–a women’s ministry with grand dreams of imparting wisdom and building a community. I saw bible studies and book contracts in my future. This was going to be the key to unlock my dreams.
But fear stepped in, life happened and I struggled to find my place–my voice and purpose as a writer and blogger.
More than once I’ve been ready to quit. I struggled with the why of blogging if no one was reading. I fought for links, hits, and followers. I thought purpose and influence
Then God showed up…
He said to write, but with this condition: be honest, be real, share life.
And since then, to the best of my ability, I have.
Now when I sit down to write I do it because I love it. I pour my heart out and share words that paste together the story God is weaving in my life and the lessons I’m learning along the way. Yes, I still struggle from time to time…there are times I wish I had more followers or a greater presence or whatever the next best thing is.
But then I remember, I’m doing this for the love of the written word and for the love of the journey. I sit down to write because I cannot not write.
Won’t you join me as I take a look back on the lessons learned in the past 6 years? It’s nothing formal…just me doing what I love and sharing the journey with you.
I don’t have all the answers. I don’t know everything there is to know about blogging. You can call me old-fashioned, but I think blogging should be about quality, community, and craft.
I don’t have hundreds of followers.
I still can’t figure out the purpose of Klout.
I don’t understand the ‘I’ll like your page, if you like mine’ ideology.
No one has ever asked me to speak on a blogging panel.
I think Triberr is a ridiculously, unauthentic idea. (Yes, I just went there.)
Google Analytics is still a foreign language.
I’ve never had a sponsor for a blog conference.
But I love this world of writing and blogging, and I hope, just maybe, that you’ll be inspired to do what you do out of love and not the next rung of the popularity ladder.
I don’t know how long I’ll camp on this idea, but my mind has been filling to overflowing thinking about self-promotion, bloggers as writers, the eBook boom, niches, followers, white space (it’s a beautiful thing…really), quality over quantity, community, and finding your purpose as a writer/blogger.
Find Your Voice
That’s what I’m calling it.
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