Find Your Blogging Voice

I have blogged before about ways to find your blogging niche (Find Your Blogging Niche).  Even once you have found your blogging niche it can sometimes be hard to find your voice.

Sometimes ideas seem to pour out and the words join together seamlessly. Other times the writing can be blocked making it hard for the words to flow.

One of the biggest things that has blocked me in my blogging is the fear of sounding too judgmental.  As a christian there are many things when it comes to following Jesus that are black and white.  There are also lots of grey areas.  My firm belief is that it is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility to reveal these areas to people.  Not mine.

Unfortunately, there are many christians in the world (and in the blogging sphere) that write in a way that is very accusatory and every time I write, I am praying that I would not sound like another person on a soap box.

I am not nearly perfect. I do not have it all together and I am not any better than the next person.  I do not want to write posts that make it sound like what I say is THE way to do things.

This fear caused me to be unable to blog for a little while.  Every time I typed words, I would then delete them.

Maybe you have another reason that is stopping you from letting the words flow.

Let me share with you four steps that gradually helped me find my confidence in letting my voice be heard.

Speak It Out Loud

I often chat with my friend Stacy from Better Than Newlyweds online.  I shared with her what my stumbling block was.  Letting my fear or stumbling block be known actually gave it less power.  Her advice was, “Megan, if God has laid something on your heart to write, then you write it and let God worry about who and how they receive it.”  She also reminded me that there are always going to be people who want to twist words or disagree – especially in the online community.

Write Anyway, Write Everyday

If you feel like you have lost your voice or can’t find it – write anyway and write everyday.  During the time when I kept stumbling, I kept writing.  I didn’t publish any of that stuff but I kept at it.  The more you write, the more you practice, the more you find your voice and your groove.  Even if you end up throwing out what you did – keep writing.

Ask For Feedback

I know, I know, this one requires putting on brave pants.  It is always hard to hear constructive feedback but it will really help you shape your writing and find your voice.  Find someone who is gracious and yet honest. Maybe don’t ask your mum – she already knows how amazing you are, right?

Press Publish

You have to start somewhere.  Your very first post is never going to be as amazing as your post a year from now, or five years from now.  Every writer looks back on their work and chuckles a bit about what they were publishing to start with.  The thing is, the AMAZING writing you will be doing next year, will never be amazing unless you start now.  By putting your writing out there, you find your voice.  You see how people respond and interact with your message.  What is working well and what needs refining.

Your voice is unique.  Trust what God has laid on your heart to write about.  Then step out in faith!

If you are looking for ways to connect with other bloggers to help grow your confidence and knowledge in blogging then I encourage you to check out Solidarity Sisters.

Let’s Get Partying!

Welcome Under the Tree to this week’s linky party! Each Friday we hold a linky party here to share what is on our hearts.  Our hope is that the posts you read or the posts you add to this party will encourage you in your faith, inspire hope for each day or simply add a smile to the start of your weekend.

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Wearing My Big Girl Pants (While Hiding Under the Doona!)

Today I had to do a difficult thing.  I really didn’t want to do it.  Yet, I knew it had to be done.

In my workplace, there have been numerous difficulties this year.  I am a teacher and I love teaching.  This year has been a really tough one though.  There have been so many different types of behaviours and issues to help the students manage and I have felt rather weary.

I am not alone.  My colleagues feel weary too.

We love teaching though, because we have a passion inside of us to help our students achieve their best.  We have a desire to help them reach their dreams and meet their goals.

We are not super-heroes, though I am sure we would like to be.  Super-heroes do not tire.  They do not seem to grow weary in the face of adversity.

We are humans.  We feel, we tire, we worry, we rejoice.  We stress.

I was involved in an incident in a classroom where a student became violent.

As much as I tell myself to shake it off, I just can’t seem to.  It rattled me.  It still rattles me.

It would be easier for everyone if I could shake it off and just move on.

But I’m not a robot.

I know I’m not a robot because I have this big heavy elephant named Anxiety sitting on my chest.  I can feel its weight.  I can feel it squirm and shift from my chest to my stomach to my head.

It takes a lot of energy to deal with an elephant sitting on you.

Another reason, why I know I’m not a robot.  I am drained.  EXHAUSTED.  How I would love to just plug me into a wall socket and charge myself up over night.

I am not a robot, I am a human.

I feel, I tire, I worry, I rejoice.  I stress.

Today, I had to take the day off from work.  I have hit a wall and going to work today was not going to do anyone any good.

I snuggled under my doona, dozed and thought about all the ways I could solve the problems.

Then I felt God nudge me.  He said it was time.

I sat up, wrapped the doona around me, opened my laptop and starting typing.

I had to put my big girl pants on and write an email to my Principal.  I had to open up and share what was going on with me.  I had to be vulnerable and admit, what I feel are my weaknesses, to her. I know they aren’t weaknesses, but Anxiety likes to make me believe they are.  Logically I can tell myself they aren’t. Emotionally my heart is sometimes tricked into thinking they are.

I cried and I typed.  I typed and I cried.

It is hard to be your own advocate and speak up for yourself – especially when you are feeling so vulnerable already.

Do you want to know an undeniable truth though?

When I am at my weakest, God shows His strength.

I do not know what the outcome will be but I followed God’s leading.  I surrendered to Him.

I know He loves me.

I know He knows all things.

This red-head is sitting over here, still wrapped up in a doona, wearing her big girl pants, sitting in the palm of His hand.

Oh, and I’m eating Tim-Tams.  I think I earned it, right?

Once Around Jericho: How To Stop Over-Thinking

I have to share something with you.  It is something that has been changing the way I think quite dramatically.

Do you ever have days when thoughts just roll around and around in your head?

How will this work out?  How will I solve this problem?

Will my husband find a new job?  How will we pay these bills?

Will my son get into the school we want? Will he make good friends? Will he be happy there?

When will the problems at work resolve?

The questions can go on forever, can’t they?

I confess, I am a natural over-thinker.  However, I think it would be safe to say, we all over think at some point in our lives.  I am such a natural born over-thinker, I am able to incorporate it into my prayer life as well.  Clever, right?  So, I can be praying to God but still praying my questions over and over again.

It is good to bring our cares to God.  In fact, he calls us to do this many times throughout the bible.  Me saying them over and over again is not necessary though.

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That is why this one little phrase broke through my over-thinking brain AND why I think it could do the same for you too.

Once Around Jericho

Once around Jericho. This one little phrase I read in a brilliant little book by Jill Briscoe, called The Deep Place Where Nobody Goes.

Jericho, in the Bible, was a city that the Israelites were instructed to take over.  It seemed impossible. The Lord instructed them to wake up and march around the city once a day. (You can read more of the battle of Jericho in Joshua 6)

Now, switch your thinking. Jericho is the battle or the problem that you face each day.  Just like the Israelites were instructed to wake up each day and march around Jericho, Jill encourages us to wake up each day and march around our problems once.  Give them some thought, think about the different angles, pray through it all….and then leave it with God.

Once around Jericho. For those of us who over-think things, it still lets us think about the problem, bring it before God but then gives us the permission and the freedom to leave it there for the rest of the day.

Once around Jericho. It allows the freedom to trust God.  It allows the freedom to go into the day with the strength of the Lord, rather than drained from constant worrying over our problems.

Once around Jericho. This honors God, it places our faith in God and it lets God’s refreshing love wash over us each and every day.

God loves us and He has a plan for our lives to bring us hope and a future. All the bumps and worries along the way never surprise God.  They are simply opportunities to press into God further and let Him be Lord of every aspect of our lives.

So, the next time you have a worry that you can’t stop thinking about, remember, once around Jericho.

Then leave it with your loving Lord.

Other related posts to read:

Faith and Anxiety

Anxiety

There Is One Thing I Know For Certain

 

Is Your Blogging A Clanging Cymbal? (+ Under The Tree Linky Party)

If you are a blogger then you know that buzz you get from doing it. There is something amazing about weaving words together to convey a message that resounds with others.

There are so many messages online.  There are so many bloggers and writers and opinions.  Everyone seems to have an important message they want to get out there.  When you get online the noise can be deafening.  A cacophony of sounds like all the instruments of an orchestra are banging and clanging at the same time.

So as a christian who blogs, how do I make the words I blog cut through and not be a clanging cymbal?

I once read words from well known christian author Francine Rivers that simply stated if we want to write words that move and inspire people towards Christ, then we need to be immersed in the Word of God.

I think these words are true for all christian bloggers.  Whether you blog about fashion or faith, home-schooling or home-making, life-style or marriage.  Whatever your blogging niche is (Finding Your Blogging Niche), whether it is explicitly talking about Jesus or not, these words are wise and need to be listened to.

You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavour? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.

You are the light of the world – like a city on the hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket.  Instead a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. ~Matthew 5:13-16

If we want the message we blog about to cut through, to stand out and to be the flavour that the world is craving to taste, then we need to be immersing ourselves in the word of God.

I am so excited to blog sometimes that I forget to spend time in the word of God in a real and purposeful way.

As we spend time in His word, He will use His word to transform us, to inspire us and to bless us.  As HE teaches us, He will transform our hearts and mind to more like His.

I cannot think of a more powerful position to be in, and to blog from, than when our heart and mind is inline with God’s.

So I encourage you to join me in committing to spending more time in His word this week.  When you feel a great blog post bubbling up inside of you – ask yourself this, “Have I spent time in God’s word today?”

If you haven’t – then stop and go and do it before anything else.

Let’s stop being another clanging cymbal online.

Let’s start being a beautiful melody that cuts through all of the noise.

Let’s be the salt and the light.

Let’s blog for Christ.

Other posts you might be interested in:

Whenever You Speak

Blogging For Jesus

The #1 Tip For Blogging Christians

Let’s Get To The Party!

Welcome Under the Tree to this week’s linky party! We hold a linky party here each week so we can share what is on our hearts.  Our hope is that the posts you read or the posts you add to this party will encourage you in your faith, inspire hope for each day or simply add a smile to the start of your weekend.

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Megan from My Faith Tree

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Lo

Lo from All That Motivates

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Caytee from Stars in a Dark World

 

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Negative Self-Talk: If You’ve Got Nothing Nice To Say

I want to talk about negative self-talk.  Before I do that, I need to tell you about the day I sat on the toilet (too much information?) in a cubicle at work and read the poster that was on the back of the door.

I work in a primary school and we have an amazing chaplain who also works at our school for pastoral care. Each week she pops up posters with encouraging quotes and phrases around the place.  The back of the toilet door is one of those places!

This particular poster said, “If you wouldn’t say it to a girlfriend, then don’t say it to yourself!”

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Are you guilty of this?  I know I am.  I participate in negative self-talk!

I say things to myself, about myself, that I would never dream of saying to one of my friends. Continue reading

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