Last night I fell asleep thinking about why I write.
Many hours have been spent this past year clicking away at a keyboard. Many opportunities to sleep or watch TV have been sacrificed. I work on my blog around 20 hours per week, so it’s a big part of my life.
But I do it. And it’s changing me.
I’m becoming more thoughtful in my daily life, more poetic even. Words bounce around in my head, ideas form and adapt slowly over time, helping me process and make sense of the world around me.
The posts I write usually flow out like water, often drafted and refined in less than an hour. But really, that process often begins months prior.
So many thoughts are mulled over and informed by the wise people in my life, only to be tucked away for future reference, time and time again until eventually, a post is born.
By the time I sit down to click it out, more often then not, I already know not only its key concepts and construction, but also much of the exact phrasing I will use.
As best I can tell, this is why I do it.
1. I feel compelled
I don’t know how to describe it better than to say, I believe God is calling me to blog.
I shared a bit more of the blog’s backstory in my interview on the Homemaking Foundations podcast (found here), but suffice it to say, many things came into alignment to lead me to do this.
And I’ve felt fueled and lead by God ever since. Of course I’m NOT perfect, but I am seeking to follow His guidance with what I write and how I influence others. Everything about my message here is an outflow of the work God has and is doing in my life!
I love ideas, so the prospect of sharing and spreading them excited me.
2. I love it
I can’t tell you how much good it has done me to have a “thing” outside of mothering. I highly value my role as a SAHM, but allowing my brain to stretch and giving myself an avenue for setting and achieving personal goals reinvigorates me to jump back in with my kids when the wake up or need me again. It’s therapeutic and satisfying.
It’s also made me more productive, and I feel good about that. Giving up TV watching and nap-taking has motivated me to use my time well and go to bed earlier.
It’s my creative outlet. I never knew I needed one, but I did.
I’ve slowly begun to view writing as an art form. Not that my writing is artistic in style, but each piece slowly takes on a form and life of its own. I feel like a potter, working the clay. I enjoy watching it take shape, and through revision, I refine it.
And thus it gives me life.
3. I want to contribute to my family
This is my more “dutiful” reason, but it is no less motivating. My husband and I have earmarked income I generate through this blog as part tithe, part debt repayment. So basically we don’t get to spend it on …any of the things one might be tempted to buy with extra income!
Although I have made some money through affiliate sales so far (read my disclosure policy here), most of it has gone back into blog expenses. These past 15 months of been about laying a foundation.
My expressed goal is to make a part-time income through my blog by the time our youngest is in school… so five years from now. My secret goal is to have our mortgage paid off by that time. 🙂
4. I’m a writer
When I started this blog, I didn’t see myself as “a writer.” That title was too special and important sounding, and besides I didn’t really know how to join that club. I hadn’t exactly published a book.
Throughout the past year or so, there’s been a shift. I do see myself as a writer now. That’s me. Katie the writer. So what do writers do? They write! I write because I’m a writer.
Now, I’m not saying everyone reading post this should start a blog.
… but some of you probably should!
If that’s you, I wrote a post on that too! Find it here:
For the rest of you,
What would it mean to give yourself a space for creativity? For ministry? For achieving personal goals?
I would encourage you to consider these questions and, as God leads, to challenge yourself to do something outside of your comfort zone! It’s good.
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