I’ve been struggling with the blog here in the last few weeks. Don’t worry, it’s not going anywhere. I love blogging. But I’ve been feeling a lack of writing inspiration. In the beginning I wrote what I felt and I started writing during a big transition point for me…leaving my high school teaching job to become a stay-at-home mom. But lately? Lately things have been pretty laid back except for the lack of sleep and the occasional toddler meltdown.
The only thing that is causing me angst is the blog. I really want it to be SOMETHING. I want to inspire women and challenge myself. And I’m not too proud to admit that I would like for the blog to turn into an income source for my family at some point, so I’ve been doing research and pinning things like crazy that I should be reading or doing to make the blog better.
When I wanted to start blogging I sought the advice of a friend of mine that blogged. She told me that I just needed to start, and I think that this was probably the best advice she could’ve given. It’s the advice that I would give to anyone wanting to blog because if you wait for it to be perfect, you’ll never start. But now what? Now, I feel like I need a plan. I’m a planner. I’m actually getting anxiety not having a plan as to where I’m going with the blog.
After all of the hustle of the next few weeks (finishing up some remodel projects, birthday party and church event), I’m going to be sitting down to work out some sort of direction or plan. Like I said, I’m not going anywhere, but you may notice some changes here.
I was listening to the first episode of the How They Blog podcast and Kat said something to the effect that if you aren’t inspired to write then you aren’t learning; you aren’t challenging yourself. Honestly, one of the reasons I wanted to start the blog was because I knew that I would have to be constantly learning and creating in order to have worthwhile content for you each week, but I’ve dropped the ball on that to some extent (some projects are just taking longer than expected to get posted…waiting for perfection).
It’s easy to see all of these amazing women that have been blogging for a while and wonder how in the world you can compete and measure up, but I’m learning that God has made me unique and that I won’t ever be like them. I’m not supposed to be.
When Katie sent out this image above, I was completely inspired to write this post. We need a little fear of the unknown in our lives to make us better. When we are afraid we seek knowledge, and when God brings us through to the other side unharmed and wiser, we grow in Him as well. I may not be unsure of things in my life, but having a few nerves about blogging will, I hope, make me a better blogger and give you something to look forward to each week!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”