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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

So You’re Thinking About Blogging?

Have you made the mistake of telling someone that you're thinking about blogging?  Have you been asked yet...

“What makes you think anyone wants to hear 
what you have to say?” 

or

“What will make your blog any different than a thousand others that are out there?  They all repeat themselves. There is nothing new you could say or add” 

or maybe

“You’ll never succeed.”

     These questions and statements are dream and passion killers.  If you have a desire to blog….. do it.  All that I advise is that you ask yourself some questions and think about a few things first to give you direction and perspective.

     Blogging is an opportunity for you to make a statement, give your opinion, tell the “world” how you feel.  It’s also a chance to bring attention to your expertise or products, your passion, your mission or charity.  Blogs cover politics, religion, technology, products and everything else in-between. 

What do you want to speak to?

     I have chosen to be eclectic in what I speak to.  I'm a Christian homeschooling mom of 5.  I'm an asthmatic and diabetic whose children have varying degrees of allergies and asthma.  One child has scoliosis that must be monitored, medicated and sometimes rehab’d.  Another has already had to have heart surgery in order to attempt to repair his aortic valve. (It didn't work.)  I started homeschooling in 1996 and am not finished yet.  I touch on each of these subjects or will soon have touched on each one of them.  But, most of all, I speak words of encouragement or challenge that come from my Christian faith. 

Who is your audience? Do you know who you want to speak to?

When I started blogging I didn't really think about who I wanted to speak to, all I wanted to do was finally let go of the fear that had kept me from blogging for years.  I received the encouragement to step out and start my blog one night at bible study.  The speaker that night had no idea what her words were doing in me.  She got us thinking about whose responsibility is it that a message be gotten across correctly…. is it the speaker or the listener?  This just stuck with me and wouldn't let go of me.  If no one was hearing and understanding “my message” it wasn't their fault…. it was mine!  I couldn't complain that no one was listening or wanted to hear what I had to say if I wasn't willing to speak in the first place.

What do you consider success?

This will be different for each of you.  It goes hand in hand with your purpose, reason for blogging and the audience you want to reach.  For me success is when I know I've touched someone else’s life.  Have they received encouragement?  Have they been challenged to look at their circumstances in a different way?  Have I been able to inform them or educate them about something they didn’t know?  Were they blessed or helped in some way, shape or form?  If I can answer any of these questions with a “yes” then I’m a success.  For me it’s not about numbers, it’s not about how many people are following me, it’s not about how many people comment.  It’s not that I don’t care about how many people are looking at my blog, or following it or commenting, but what is much more important to me is that at least ONE life is touched.

It’s time to step out and do something outrageous. 

If it’s on your heart to blog… do it. 

Don't let fear or what someone else thinks stop you from stepping out. 

You don't know who is willing to listen to what you have to say if you don’t speak. 

You don't know who won't be informed if you don't share your knowledge. 

You don’t know who is waiting to hear YOUR story… take a chance.

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