I had to go in and create a new category called Blogging and insert it somewhere into the menu of this blog before I wrote this. I did this for two reasons. One, I’m just Type A like that sometimes. And two, I don’t normally blog about blogging.
But I’m part of this really cool group called The High Five Moms and this week, we’re all sharing on the very specific topic of letting God lead your blog. This is something that I think about often. It’s something I have to keep in check as a busy wife and mother and homekeeper. And honestly, I probably get just as many questions from readers about how I manage to blog and do all my other (more important) jobs at the same time, as I do others.
So while this blogpost may seem out of the ordinary, there’s a lot of value in discussing this issue. Fairly often, I get questions from readers asking my advice on choosing the best way to start their blog, or set up their blog, or monetize their blog, or they’re questioning whether they should blog at all. And maybe this post is especially for them.
Here are my personal reasons for blogging:
- I was born a writer. It is my craft, my talent, and therefore, I can’t help but write. For a long time, I wrote journals in cute little notebooks, recording my journey as a child of God. Later, I began writing a book, with pen and paper. Then I transferred that manuscript into a computer (which eventually crashed and I lost the entirety of that work.) Then there was this little trend called Myspace, where I began typing a few thoughts here and there into little blogpost-like snippets. Then, when that fad fell away (for me), I looked into blogging (for real, but with no direction in mind) at Blogger. I continued to write a few “notes” here and there in my personal Facebook page. Throughout this technological evolution of sorts, I continued to write constantly, including songs, poetry, and my ever-important lists, of course! Yes, I believe that even my lists come from my deeply rooted passion for pen and paper that I inherited from my mother. (Thank you, Mom. God knows how much I miss you.)
- Blogging allows me more opportunities to do what I am called to do, and that is to encourage people. And particularly, in this season of life, my heart is to encourage mothers of young children. This blog is a direct result of my passion for cheering mothers on, as you’ve read frequently here that motherhood is tough, but so well worth the commitment.
- Blogging is fun! If blogs as we know them did not exist, I’d surely still be writing somehow. But they do exist and they’re fun and they are a great outlet for moms. Blogging allows me to feel a bit more balanced, in the sense that I don’t JUST cook, clean, teach, discipline, feed, repeat. And it keeps me thinking. I keep learning. As technology changes and new opportunities arise, I’m growing and learning. And on days I don’t have time to blog, I simply don’t blog.
- The last reason I blog, and this one has only developed as my blog has developed, is that I realize now that I can support my husband’s income, even if just a tiny bit. I can help pay for extra expenses that stack up for a large family….things like – braces, extra classes for the boys, other things that just pop up. In this way, blogging can be a very real blessing for my husband and family. I would not blog if he was not completely supportive of and an encouragement to me to do so.
Should I blog?
If you are thinking about starting a blog, and you’re just unsure of whether or not God would want you to participate in this type of job, ask yourself these questions:
What’s my gifting?
Am I a writer? Do I have the passion and desire to write and share with others online?
What’s in my heart?
Jesus said, “out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45
What topics do I feel are worth discussing? Do I have the heart for encouraging and uplifting others in some way?
Would I enjoy blogging?
How often? Is it something I want to do simply to make money, or is it something I want to do as a hobby?
Do I want to make money fast?
Making money by blogging is a SLOW process and takes a lot of time, thought, energy, and commitment. Am I committed to that? Is it worth it to me? How does my husband feel about it? Do my family dynamics allow for me to spend several hours a week blogging?
Can I balance blogging with family?
What’s my personality type? Realistically, could I find the balance between a part-time job of blogging and my family or would I face problems in my home as a result of spending too much time away from my most important duties?
Be brutally honest with yourself when asking these questions.
Talk to your husband.
Ask other bloggers questions.
If you decide to blog, start out slow, and remember that you always need to be willing to lay it down at a moment’s notice as your top priorities are always in this order: God, husband, family, home, health and then everything else.
Be sure and visit the other four moms of High Five Moms at:
So, what do you think? Are you already a blogger? What are your thoughts? Or are you thinking of starting your own blog?