31 Days of Writing Free

Day 10 {How} – Finding My Way Back

As someone who has been writing in this space for over 10 years now, I am often asked how I keep it going.  Honestly, it’s purely by the grace of God that I haven’t quite yet.  There have been times in the past where I thought my season of blogging was done.  I laid it down, walked away, but God pulled on my heartstrings to keep going. I didn’t always have the energy ( still don’t most days), and I’ve already shared that I lack inspiration at times. So how do I keep growing as a writer/blogger ?

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I have learned to give myself a lot of grace.  The first 7 years I blogged, I was committed to write at least three days a week, and I pretty much hit that mark.  I would participate in link ups (even having my own for a few years), engage with my readers, share posts, follow a zillion blogs and try to keep up with what everyone was done.  But over the last three years I haven’t been as active in writing or sharing but I do manage to still write once a week and I get around to visit my online community as often as I can.

Pray and ask God for words. For the better part of 10 years, my blog has been categorized as a “faith blog”.  I would share scripture, what God was doing in my heart, share about church and ministry, etc.  I would pray and seek God for post ideas and creative ways to share.  Over the last couple of years, my blog is evolving more into a “lifestyle” blog, where I desire to share more about my life, family and the things I enjoy. This does not mean I’m not a woman of faith, I am. God will always have first place here.

Get connected in community. I cannot stress this enough.  If you are going to enjoy writing for the pure joy of it, engage in community with other bloggers.  Some of the most beautiful women in my life are those who I have met online and may never meet in real life.  I cannot imagine not being surround by this community encouraging and faith-filled women.

Take breaks and step away.  I have learned over the last couple of years that stepping away from a blog does not mean that the blog will die.  We all need times of refreshing, times to reconnect with our “in real life” friends and family, and times to connect with God at a deeper level as we seek His direction for our writing.  Go ahead, step away. I promise you will be welcomed back with open arms when you return.

Be your own authentic self.  Don’t try to replicate what someone else is doing.  There are so many trends in blogging that I cannot keep up. You are unique and have a voice that needs to be heard.  Perhaps you knit and want to show off your beautiful craft.  Show it off! Or maybe you wring short poetry, share it!  Perhaps you write about products you love, share them. I am always looking for the next best thing.

How do you blog? What have you learned along the way?

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This is day 10 in a 31 day series on my journey of finding my way back to writing.  You can find all of the posts in this series by clicking  here.

8 thoughts on “Day 10 {How} – Finding My Way Back”

  1. Tara says:

    Grace is such an important gift!

    1. Barbie says:

      It truly is!

  2. Mandy says:

    I’ve learned a lot of the same things.
    With chronic pain, I learned not.to be too hard on myself about what I can and can’t do

    1. Barbie says:

      I too have chronic pain so I completely understand. Thanks for stopping by Mandy!

    1. Barbie says:

      It’s the only way I know how to be. Have a blessed weekend Karen!

  3. Gayl says:

    Barbie, I’m so glad you didn’t quit blogging! Your words always encourage me when I come here. Even in sharing your struggles it helps me know I am not alone.. My post on this prompt shares some of the same things you do! I guess we think alike. 🙂 Blessings and love to you!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you for your faithful encouragement throughout the years Gayl!

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