It occurs to me that there seems to be a bit of a cycle of life when it comes to blogging. It looks a little something like this:
Start blogging –> Experience growth –> Embrace that growth –> Feel overwhelmed –> Go back to your roots –> Blog for “just you” –> Experience growth –>Feel overwhelmed –> Go back to your roots –> Repeat.
Maybe your cycle of blogging doesn’t look like this, but for the most part, this is what I have experienced over the past year and a half.
The ebb and flow of blogging is common to all of us, don’t you think? Though our methods of growth, stages of development, and life cycles look different, we all experience the highs and lows. The ebb and flow.
In the past, when my blog experienced growth I would become overwhelmed. I would feel the pressure to write, to “perform” by contributing worth-while content. To make sure the growth continued at a steady rate. And even though I was thrilled with the growth, somewhere deep inside me I’d question myself. I’d wonder if, despite all my resolve to not blog for numbers – to go back to my roots, to blog for just me, was I really being true to all that?
And the questioning didn’t stop there. I’d doubt my motives,questioning whether or not I had changed as a blogger. And when I identified change I immediately felt loads and loads of guilt. As if changing and growing is synonymous with abandoning my roots.
When I relaunched A Royal Daughter on January 1 I had a plan of action in place. I set very specific goals, and I had an plan outlined to accomplish those goals. Some of those goals have been accomplished way ahead of schedule. Some of those goals are so far from being accomplished that I sincerely doubt they will be by year’s end. Some goals have been dismissed, maybe for another time and place, but maybe forever. And new goals have been established.
The point is: blogging is not a static activity. We grow. And as we grow, we develop and mature and change.
Watching my little blog space grow is exciting. But it’s also scary. Oh, I know I’m not growing by leaps and bounds. A Royal Daughter is growing - slowly and steadily, and all because of grace and goodness that is so far above that which I am capable. And I know I’m not on the fast track to blog stardom. I’m merely a vessel, a messenger of someone else’s story, striving for obedience more than anything else.
And as I reflect on the incredible journey that blogging has taken me on, I realize this truth: I want to change.
I want to grow as a writer.
I want to grow as a business owner.
I want to grow as a woman of God.
I want to grow as wife and daughter and someday-mommy.
Growth requires change. And I am finally ready to embrace that change.
Are you ready to be an inspiration? (To find out the purpose of the Desire to Inspire community, please read this post.)
- Please visit the others who link up and leave kind, encouraging words for them. This is about encouraging, inspiring, and building up one another.
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- Link up your own quality, read-worthy posts.
- Focus on how you can be an inspiration, not what inspires you.
- You do not have to follow ARD, but of course I’d love it if you would.
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What about you? Do you embrace the changes that come with growth? Or do you wrestle with it?