“I just don’t think of my life in terms of blogging.”, my dad began to say after listening to me. I had just explained something I had been learning in life, but I applied it differently than most people would: I looked at the applications and ideas so I could write about it in a blog post.
When I learn something new or have an interesting experience, I usually begin a rough draft in my head. I look at the lessons I’ve learned so I can blog about them. Sometimes this mindset is helpful, and sometimes it isn’t. Blogging and writing can be hobbies, but in my case, my next article is always in the back of my head. I absolutely love to write, but my “learn it to blog it” mindset can get in the way. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like for me to be consistently blogging and writing, here’s the inside scoop…
- The mindset. Like I said before, sometimes my blogger’s mindset can inhibit my ability to look at life realistically and actually learn the lessons God teaches me.
- Time. Blogging also takes up a lot of time. It’s worth it, though!
- An Outlet to Share. About a year ago, I was overwhelmed with the grace of God like never before. I thought to myself that I wanted, needed, to share what I was learning. I felt that I had to tell other people about the amazing grace I had discovered, and it happens that my blog was the perfect place. I felt that the lessons God was teaching me were too amazing and important to keep to myself!
- Grown my faith. Although I sometimes get caught up in explaining and helping rather than learning, blogging about my faith has helped me to flesh out my ideas and logic and to dig deep into the Bible. I struggle with keeping God first, so I wrote an article on the topic. Writing about it forced me to research the topic thoroughly, and, as a result, I learned new things about God, the Bible, and myself. I learned that God doesn’t fulfill all your desires, but that He becomes your deepest desire. This article is just one example of many. When I write about something, I often get a deeper understanding of the topic than I ever thought possible.
- Blogging has helped me to write consistently. My goal is to blog once a week, and this commitment pushes me to continue writing- even if I don’t feel like it.
- Forming friendships… Blogging has helped me to connect with other likeminded Christian teens and to form friendships with them. They are all over the world, and I wouldn’t have met them otherwise.
- Growing friendships… Blogging has also strengthened already existing friendships. I’ve been able to share my testimony with my friends and tell about topics that I might have not been able to discuss otherwise. It’s a bit of a one-sided relationship, but I’ve found that blogging makes a place for great discussions when I get the opportunity to talk with my friends and readers in person.
- Writing exercise! Of course, blogging has strengthened my writing skills, and I am now getting involved in book reviewing… I would not have joined anything like that if not for my blog. My blog gives me a start for my possible future career in journalism, too.
Blogging is not for everyone, but I’m so thankful for my corner of the internet. As you see, this has helped me to grow in many areas of my life. Thank you for following my journey! I really appreciate every one of you amazing readers! If you aren’t one of my regular followers, click here to join my email list:)
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