I love blogging. I think often about you and what I want to say to you. I wish I could write here more frequently because I like you so much!
I started blogging for two reasons:
1) I have always enjoyed writing, but like many things we love in life - I rarely made time for it. I wanted to have a reason to force myself to slow down and just do it. And you are a great reason! I love writing to you!
I've kept a journal for as long as I can remember. When we were assigned book reports in grade school, I secretly did a happy dance while the rest of the class moaned. I wondered why everyone dreaded it so much - I just wrote what came into my mind and it sounded like how I think. It came so much easier to me than math. Writing allows me to sort my thoughts so I can say exactly what I mean. I feel like you really get to know a person by how and what they write. It's so personal. If I have something important to say to you I am going to write it, because when I say it out loud, it doesn't seem to come out right.
2) I wanted to create a space for encouragement. Being a wife, mommy, daughter, sister, friend and human in general can be hard and we need each other!
At this point I don't keep a schedule. If something is on my mind, I write it. In anything I write, I am preaching to myself. If I write a post encouraging you to see your value, it is because I am feeling inadequate myself. It takes me anywhere from a few hours to several days to write a post. No matter how long it takes - I can't concentrate on anything else until I've hit publish! I become obsessed! I have a writing room, which I love to use because it's pretty and smells nice, but my favorite spot is in between the sheets with a cup of something and my thoughts. I do my best thinking in the morning after a good nights sleep. I'm a morning person fer shur.
As with anything, I have plentiful seasons and I have dry seasons. I keep quiet during the scarce times because I never want to write empty words just to fill space. Ain't nobody got time for that! It's during these times that I most appreciate link-ups and prompts, because I really do want to talk to you! I have met some of my biggest encouragers and the sweetest people through link-ups. I am blessed to have come across such wonderful blogging communities!
And that is basically it. Simple. Very un-perfect. I just ... write. Because I love it. And because I like you. So per chance somebody wanted my advice it would be this:
Just do it. There is no perfect formula. We have to start somewhere. If I had waited until I had more time, or more experiences or did more research, I would never have begun. Just take the first step. And besides, it's cheap therapy!
"Forget all the rules. Forget about being published. Write for yourself and celebrate writing." - Melinda Haynes
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