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?
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.
Megan from My Faith Tree
Lo from All That Motivates
Caytee from Stars in a Dark World
Now let’s get this party started!
Please read these guidelines and then link up your posts!