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Why I blog and close up of female hands on the laptop keyboard

There are as many reasons for blogging as there are bloggers.  Some just want a way to keep in touch with family while others want a platform for the passion that rages within.  I started out just hoping to share my thoughts with a few close friends and family but pretty quickly found a community of women who enriched and challenged me.  I found my own passions growing, my faith deepening and my desire to connect with others getting stronger by the day.  I’ve been content to allow my blog to grow slowly, as the Lord would have it.  But I want to be honest about the things that keep me investing time, energy and my *short supply* of creative juices.

  • I love to write.  Seriously, that is first and foremost the reason I am a blogger.  Words flow freely through my head at all hours of the day (and night) and it is mere survival to get them out in writing.  It’s a release that is often hard-fought for as those swirling thoughts are seldom connected in a nice, tidy fashion.  Hitting publish is intensely satisfying!
  • I have a passion for ministry hidden within my relatively shy nature.  I’m honestly awkward in real life.  I laugh too loud and too often.  I blush when someone directs the conversation to me if it’s in a group setting.  And all those words I just told you of…they fail me when a situation gets intense.  Blogging allows me to reach out in spite of my social handicaps.
  • I love the community.  I cannot begin to tell you how many friendships I have formed with women I’ve never met face-to-face.  There is a diverse but connected group of spiritual mentors out there who are willing to invest in each other.  If you’re a blogger and are looking to make some new connections, be sure to tune in this week for the Blogger Meet & Greet being hosted by my sweet friend, Heather from Raising Mighty Arrows.  It will be an excellent resource to establish relationships that you will carry throughout your blogging journey.
  • I make a little money without leaving home.  This part took time and persistent effort, but it was worth it.  There are a variety of ways to earn a bit of income while blogging:  affiliate links, sponsors, advertising, reviews & giveaways.  The key is to never sacrifice your moral standard to make a buck.  I do not ever endorse a product I can’t stand behind.  I don’t throw affiliate links around just for the sake of cashing in…I have to believe in what is behind the link!  Reviews are only done for that which I can share with a clear conscience.  If you are interested in learning ways to make the most of your current blog {or even if you’re starting from scratch} I cannot recommend Wise Woman Consulting enough!  June is highly professional and hands you the tools you need, without gimmicks.  You can read my review of her services here.

It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers game.  Don’t do it.  There are a lot of fish swimming in that sea and they are all various sizes.  Your importance is not determined by whether you see yourself as a minnow or a shark…it is quite simply in how you choose to swim.  Tip:  Throw someone else a life vest and watch how you suddenly find yourself more buoyant!

If you have a blog of your own, big or small, feel free to leave a link in the comments and I’ll swing by and say hello!  After all, that is how community is created…one person at a time!