I have been researching ways to get a blog started for a long time; over two years now. I’ve heard many pieces of advice.
- writers write
- learn about the various part of a blog if you want it to grow
- how to make money with your blog
- find a niche
It’s that last one that has honestly kept me from writing much of anything. What is my niche? Who is my audience? What do I write? There were several different directions I could go with this:
- I am very interested in the concept of productivity, especially from a Christian point of view. And I have read many books on productivity over the years and I’ve never felt like many of the books written for women at home, especially homeschoolm moms or moms with larger families, were very helpful.
- I am a reading tutor so I’m pretty passionate about reading and how it is taught. I have received training in the Orton-Gillingham method and I am working on my practicum to become a certified dyslexia tutor. I could write about the things I know and am learning in that arena.
- I am a mom, particularly a homeschool mom. I am not lacking in material in this area. I was told by someone, though, that there are so many blogs written to moms that mabye another niche would be appropriate for my blog. I was encouraged by that at first. The more I considered it, the more it just felt deflated.
- I am extremely passionate about revival, especially personal revival. And I love reading and journaling what I am learning in my Bible study time so that seemed to be a good direction to head. I was originally going to name my blog “Beautifully Broken” based off the idea of personal revival.
- I have a heart to mentor younger women whether they are new moms, college students, high school students, or new homeschool moms with some mothering years under their belt. But again, I was encouraged away from the mom blog.
- I love history. With all the social unrest we have in our nation right now, I’ve got things to say around it and idea that may not have actually been said before that are informed by my education. But writing about history is NOT my passion.
All of these seem like such great and viable places to start. I am not a strong decision maker. I never have been. I’ve sat for too long trying to figure out what to write about on my blog. It’s not getting me anywhere but discouraged and defeated.
Yesterday, for reasons I am not ready to delve in to, I was in my room praying and crying out to God. I sensed the Holy Spirit, in many different areas of my life, simply telling me to rest in Him and write. Write what I know. Write what He lays on my heart. Write what I journal. Write. Don’t worry about what all the experts are telling me to do. Follow the Expert who knows me best, Who moves in my heart, and gives me wisdom for my days. Wouldn’t He give me wisdom for my blog?
Suddenly it all made sense. I’m not really blogging to grow an audience of readers. I am blogging to bring glory to Christ. I am blogging because I want to write. I think this will grow me to be a better writer. Maybe someday I can use it as a full time ministry or a means of encouraging more readers. But right now, I just want to write about what’s on my heart and make much of Jesus in the process.
So, what is on my heart?
- becoming a godly wife
- growing in godliness as a mother
- industrious homemaking
- my church & community
- my new neighbors
- Titus 2 mentoring
- Proverbs 31
- Godly productivity
- Christ-centered education
- reading education
- reaching our my hand to the poor
- my personal reading
- most importantly, Jesus
This is is me. This is what I love. This is what the Lord is using to sanctify me. This is what I should be writing about because this is what I know. It might be another mommy/homeschool/homekeeping blog. I guess I’m now beyond caring anymore. I don’t want to be stifled anymore
The by-line of my blog says “Daring to believe I am wholly accepted and deeply loved by God.” This is what I really hope to do with this blog: to encourage others as they walk by faith to believe the same things of their Lord, Savior, and Master. Today I am taking a step of faith to blog all of this, whether it brings readers or not.