The day I made the decision to create my own blog... the day I published my very first posting... the day I set a challenge to complete 100 posts in 100 days.... that's when my writing life turned the corner for me.
It was a turn for the better, for up until that time, although I knew He was drawing me to write further afield, I was still mostly aspiring to write.
I felt apprehensive about the whole business of writing and publishing. Oh, I had submitted small pieces for our church bulletin, plus I wrote and published a monthly newsletter for clients who worked in the beauty industry. But the dozens of drafts for potential articles plus several in progress books in binders never seemed to get completed and off somewhere to be seen or read by anyone else.
Creating a place to write online at It's A Beautiful Life and then setting myself the challenge to post one hundred posts in one hundred days unglued something inside me. At the time I didn't know how or why I felt caught, I just knew something was holding me in a space from which I needed to be set free. (Fear will do that to us.) That is probably why I never seemed able to find the time to write or develop a schedule that worked.
Blogging these past three years started changing that for me. Here's how:
1. It gave me purpose. I now had a vision of what I wanted to write about at the time.
2. It gave me an audience quickly. I didn't have to wait for weeks, months or years to have someone read my pieces. To my great surprise... not to mention relief... I had a small but growing audience. They were coming to read my next posting, I couldn't let them down.
3. My initial goal wasn't too lofty or lengthy. A 100 posts in 100 days. Large enough to stretch, but not so long a commitment as to scare my skittish writer off into the hinterland.
4. I had immediate feedback and connection with my readers. Already my words were touching minds and hearts of others, which encouraged and inspired me to draw deeper, work harder and listen closer.
5. The commitment, although daily, was not overwhelming. My postings on average are just a few short paragraphs -- I knew I could do it.
6. I felt 'at home' in the blog world. The conversational, informal style of blog posts, as it turns out, is 'perfect' for the way I like to write... as if I'm catching up with friends via letters and email. As for leaving affirming comments on other blogs... well that, too, was right up my alley!
7. Blogging is so much fun for me that it has given me the motivation to write more, which in turn has renewed my desire and commitment to get on with what He once confirmed to me... "to lay down my knitting needles and pick up a pen."
Through blogging, and definitely by His grace, I am becoming more disciplined, focused, and serious about taking the words He's given me to bring light, life and beauty to the corners of my world.
Brenda is an InScribe member and writes regularly on her personal life blog It's A Beautiful Life.