November 23, 2017

Why Blog?

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:

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Pray.

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?

 

 


Comments

  1. Enjoyed reading this, Brandy.

    I’m glad you blog. I’m always encouraged here.

  2. I have been interested in blogging for quite some time and I have started 2 blogs, but haven’t gotten past a post or two on either. The reason I stop is because i don’t know what to write about. I suppose because it is my daily happenings it seems mundane and I don’t figure anyone will be interested.
    One of my blogs discussed homeschooling and the other..well it was up in the air as to what I wanted to blog about.
    I would love some encouragement and would love to know how you decide what to write about.
    I am also interested in the slow money aspect behind it and how it can be done.
    I also have a son who would like to journal through a blog, how do I encourage him?

  3. Well said. I’m so glad you blog! I always know that your words will be encouraging, uplifting and applicable. I’m not a naturally-gifted writer. I struggle to put coherent sentences together. I often don’t find enough to say to fill lots of space. I don’t blog often but I do blog what’s on my heart. I love it because I’ve been able to connect with many wonderful people as well as share my love for the Lord with others. I’m very thankful for your blog, Brandy :).

  4. I am thankful for your blog. I really gleam a lot from what you have to say. And can I just say I LOVE your blogging space, right there next to your counter!

  5. I started a blog a while back and loved it. At the time it was mostly sewing related posts. I got to a little over 100 followers in a few months, and had several posts. Then I had to stop when I was on bed rest during my most recent pregnancy and went back to find out that my previous blog disappeared! I didn’t know they could do that!

    Now I’m back to blogging again, slowly trying to rebuild what was lost and expand on what I was doing since I am doing so much more than sewing now…raising 3 kids under 4 yrs and under, knitting, homeschooling, doing my best to be a Proverbs 31 wife, how I love to be in the kitchen, the works.

    My big question right now is if to switch to WordPress (which seems totally foreign to me) or to stay with Blogger which is comfortable to me. Also some days I wonder if it’s worth it. I love it, but like I said I’m barely hanging in there to rebuild what I lost and I have a grand total of 1 follower. Sheesh!

    Oh well, I won’t give up. I feel like I can encourage other moms too. I pray it’s an encouragement anyway 🙂

    Thanks for your blog, I’m glued to it and so are many of my friends at church.

  6. Unlike you, I’m not a born writer, however, I found out less than a year ago that I developed into a writer. I never thought of myself as a writer but an learning each day that my plans may be (and probably are) different than the Lords plans. I love your blog and learning from you and getting to see snippets of your life! Glad we are on the KOTH team together too!

  7. I love how you said you were born a writer! I think I must have been too!! I am REALLY struggling with the balance thing right now though. Because I refuse to put my family second place, my blog is really suffering. I don’t know how to find more time. I have a sneaking suspicion that it comes with earlier mornings and later evenings, but then how do you function? I love blogging, but today I am a bit discouraged. 🙂 I don’t know how you do with seven (almost eight!) children! You go girl!

  8. Erica Register says:

    Brandy, I love your blog. I grew up in a family of 9 kids and I find your approach fresh and encouraging. I too have been considering starting a blog. My concerns are about the legality of posting recipies and other ideas that I find elsewhere. I don’t want to be accused of piracy. Any tips?

  9. I am learning to cook lol. Cook better anyways. That is what I want to blog. I am a wife and mother and I guess this stuff doesn’t come naturally to me. I am getting better and many of my friends suggested that I start a blog about my journey.
    I must say that I have received much help from your blog! Keep it up!

  10. I am definitely not a born writer. I taught for 17 years and always said that writing was my worst subject to teach. I never knew what to write about and the curriculum called for writing in front of the kids! AUGH! So why in the world would I blog? I think I have figured it out. My husband passed suddenly away December 19, 2011 at the age of 43. Through the grace of God, I know that He has plans for me! I have tried to find blogs about being a young widow of children (I only have one 7 year old boy) but the only ones I can find are all about how horrible it is, they cry all the time, they don’t know how to function without their husband. I want to inspire other widows to be strong and MAKE their lives fabulous! I’m starting small with one must post a week. Maybe it will grow, maybe it won’t but I think it’s needed. Thank you Brandy for reminding me of the many varied reasons we blog!

  11. This post was really helpful, thanks!

  12. Thank you very much Brandy, this post is so inspiring

  13. I’m IDENTICAL to you in that I’m born to write. I NEED it I started blogging a little less than a year ago during a bad post-partum phase. My blog has saved me. I LOVE it. HOWEVER….I REALLY would like to make money doing it…and, like you said..it is SLOW. I cannot believe how much time and work it takes. The only reason I’ve stuck with it, is because I LOVE it…and the Lord calls me to it.

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