Why Do I Blog?
This is a tough lead in for an article. Why do I blog? My mind rolls over dozens of reasons that I can put down hoping to sound noble or important. This article however, is a challenge from an online writing group of Faithful Bloggers. We were challenged to share the reasons and a little history of why we blog. So here it goes…
It feels like I have been writing forever, but only took my blogging full time in 2006. Until then, my postings were in magazines, newsletters, online forums, and groups. Deciding to venture out on my own was a decision that came after my family struggled through several traumatic events in a short period of time.
Looking for a way to make sense of what our family had been through, and perhaps offer help to other hurting families; I started my first blog. Total flop! Epic Fail as the kids like to say. Not only did I struggle with sharing too much information but I was slammed by both sides of the fence on opinions and suggestions on how thing should have been handled. That blog ended up becoming a private diary that I still maintain.
But, I was still searching for a way to make a difference. I have always been one that searched out things, shared my findings with friends and others on shopping deals, travel opportunities, homeschooling changes in laws or curriculum etc. I just did it through emails and newsletters.
However, the bottom line for my answer to the challenge question of why I blog, would have to be as a tool to fulfill a need in my life for a ministry.
You see, I honestly believe that the Bible instructs older women to teach the younger women as stated in scripture:
Titus 2: 3-5… The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
In order to do this, I started writing letters to friends, reaching out to ladies in need with cards and notes, generally just being there as a sounding board. As my children have grown up and started leaving home, my time spent “teaching at home” has changed.
As a Christian, my central focus on life is living within the Will of God, being a helper to my husband, raising children that follow Christ, and showing others about Christ in my words, deeds and lifestyle.
My blogging started as a way to reach ladies and offer helpful ideas to make life just a little more manageable.
As times have changed, blogging has too. No longer is everyone writing about extreme couponing. Yes you can still save a great deal of money through meal planning, bulk shopping, and using digital coupons. But, now readers are more interested in cooking and learning how to make new meals in their pressure cookers, which saves so much time.
My tag line is “Seeking the simple in the chaos!”
I know chaos quite well. We are on a first name basis. With seven children and a husband who was in the Navy before retiring and taking a position that required traveling 5 nights a week…chaos has at times ruled our house and home!
My first and most often given tip for seeking the simple in the chaos, slow down and pay attention to your prayer time. When my prayer time is shoved to the back burner of life, everything else starts to fall apart, starting with my relationship with my hubby and children.
I am happy you stopped by today,
I think every mom understands the chaos that is our everyday lives. It’s always nice to read about how others handle it!
gail bradford says
Thank you for sharing your reasons for blogging. I think we all need outlets to help cope with what life throws us!
Dandi D says
Very good thoughts! I’m glad you posted this!
Tammie Pyrzewski says
I agree 100%
Laura Lane says
That’s a questions that I need to ask myself.
great article on blogging. I have often thought of starting a blog for a lot of the same reasons.
Guess I will have to start.
Thank you for sharing Sherryl. You have been very inspirational. Love reading your post.
Thanks for sharing. I will admit I only found your blog through contest requirements, but your tweet caught my eye, and I had to stop in.
Thank you for sharing why you blog 😉 Blessings to you and your adventure in sharing, teaching and encouraging others!