Five Reasons I Started Blogging and Why You Should Too

Let’s be honest, blogging is something that a lot of people do. There are food blogs, travel blogs, sports blogs, fashion blogs, Mommy blogs, tech blogs, and Dad blogs. I could go on and on, probably for days. So why in the world would I, a random mom and wife, think there is value in taking time out of my already hectic day to write about life as I know it? Before the first time I pushed post, I had to sit, reflect, and ask myself “What will happen when people see not just the good, but also the ugly side of life, the ugly side of me?” “What if I put something out there that I regret later and I can’t take it back?” “What if someone misunderstands something that I have said?” “What if someone takes something personal that was never directed at them?” “What if, what if, what if?”
In the midst of all of my questions and concerns, I decided to blog anyways and here is why:
It’s Good for My Soul: It might not make sense to someone who doesn’t understand the freedom that writing can bring, but for me, writing provides a peace that is rare. I legitimately find comfort in writing. It helps me gather my thoughts, process through joy and sorrow, and it motivates me to sometimes make changes. If you don’t know me, it’s important to note that I am a thinker. Not the kind of thinker that loves brain games and word puzzles, but the kind that my mind runs endlessly keeping me awake at night. For me, writing wipes away the mental fog and it can even help organize my thoughts. Writing brings rest and as a mom with a busy schedule, I adore anything that can bring rest.
Life is Hard: Let’s be honest here, getting through each day brings with it many different obstacles. Even when life is going well, we can face hurdles and pot holes sending us on a roller coaster that we cannot control. We sometimes stub our pinky toe, leaving us screaming words we haven’t said since middle school. All of this is normal. It’s okay. For me, as mentioned above, writing helps ease some of that. It provides an outlet and a way to gather myself to move on to the next obstacle with an eagerness to come out on top.
Transparency Builds Community: It’s really easy to go through life convincing others around us that our lives are calmer/easier/less messy than theirs. Maybe we don’t come out and say it, but often times we keep private the things we need the most support in. The more I share, the more I realize there is not a single thing I have experienced in parenting, or marriage, or in my job, or even personally that is brand new to the human race. (I know, crazy right?) Somebody out there, and probably in my close circle of friends and family either has experienced, is experiencing, or will experience the same trials and joys that I am going through. What an amazing thing it is to take off a mask that I have worn so well for so long. Some of the best relationships I have formed have been through individuals who have said, “I have been there, I understand, let me sit in this with you so you are not alone”.
The Hard Things Need Talked About: I feel a huge passion to talk more openly about “the hard stuff”. There are so many topics that are off limits and rarely discussed. Simply put, I HATE IT! I was originally going to say “I don’t get it”, but that’s just not true. I do get it. I get that it’s vulnerable to give people insight into the darkest moments in our lives. With that can come shame and regret and those two things alone can send someone down a very dangerous road. The thing though is that like said above, there is nothing that any of us are going through that is new to the human race. So let’s stop singling out things that are uncomfortable to talk about and pretending like we haven’t been there too.
It’s Not Just About the Hard Stuff: I believe in an amazing and loving God who has provided me with an outlet when even writing cannot do that. I have seen Him work in indescribable ways to restore brokenness, bring joy, and to light up the darkest corners of my heart when nothing else was able. That my friends is something to be celebrated and talked about, not kept quiet. Also, there is great beauty in not only celebrating the joys as they happen, but in looking back and seeing how far you have come. I love reflecting on the shattered pieces of life as they are transformed into a new and whole creation.
For me, I have chosen blogging. I know writing doesn’t have the same effects on everyone that it has on me. Maybe for you, its music, art, intentional conversation, prayer, or journaling that provides you with some of these things. Whatever it may be, I encourage you to pursue it more often and more intentionally. I know for me I don’t regret facing all of the “What Ifs” I originally had to ask myself.

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I am a wife and full-time working mom who’s journey through every day life is sometimes sloppy and sometimes not. This is a place where I write openly about the joys and the struggles that I encounter throughout my day. My hope is that it can be a conversation starter for tough topics and that it can provide a sense of comfort for others who are journeying through similar situations.

12 thoughts on “Five Reasons I Started Blogging and Why You Should Too

  1. I went through the whole “what if’s” before I posted some posts. But like you said, life is hard, all moments are not just happy bowl full of cherry moments. And really, I hope that people will read my hard posts and see where I was and read my good posts and see where I am, because of God.
    Thank you for writing this post.

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