Confession time: even though I’ve shared with my family and friends that I blog, I still pause before I talk about it in real life. I really enjoy blogging, but I still worry about what people will think. They ask me how earning money through a blog works, or what I’ve been up to with it, but I’m concerned what they’re really thinking is how superficial or how self-absorbed I am.
Can you relate? It doesn’t have to be blogging – it could be anything you’re working towards or excited about. Sometimes people just don’t feel the enthusiasm that you do. Instead of getting worried about what people think, or getting flustered when people don’t understand, I have one simple solution for when your confidence is shaken.
Since I’ve had this on my mind, I feel that there are some things that you, as a reader, should know. To be more specific, why do I blog? Really? I think if you follow me, or even just found your way here by accident, you should know. Blogging has become important to me, and not for the ways you might expect. Like the wealth, glory and internet fame (which I clearly have) 😉
In short, here is why I blog:
– Financial reasons. Let’s get this one out of the way. Yes, I make a bit of an income blogging. No, I don’t do it for the money, because it’s not much. But it’s a blessing, for a lot of reasons. I love being able to contribute to our household, and it’s rewarding to earn money doing something I enjoy. I’ve also received products for our family, and particularly our son, things we then don’t have to pay for.
– It’s an outlet. I’m a stay-at-home mom, and an introvert – both things that can hinder me from socializing. It’s not the only way to overcome these things, but blogging helps. I’m able to connect and interact with so many amazing people. It also gives me the chance to share my perspective, and a place to be creative in my photography and writing. It’s a joy.
– I get to share my faith. My most viewed posts? Ones related to my walk with God. I’ve been able to connect with many women who were so encouraged by the study on the Proverbs 31 woman. The response has blown me away. It’s completely God who gets the credit, because he prompted me to study it out and to share it; its his words and purpose and not mine. It encourages me that he is working through this blog to reach others.
I’ve also been able to share prayers and scriptures with women who are seeking God, or going through troubles. God has such a plan and place in his heart for women, and I hope to be able to help others see it too.
– It’s a place to inspire and encourage. I started blogging because I was amazed by this community of women online who weren’t celebrities in magazines, but everyday women like me, who were making life a little more beautiful and meaningful, on a budget. I wanted to be part of that.
This blog started with a different name, but it became “What You Make It” when I decided that I wanted to have a more positive attitude. I believe that life is about what we do with the circumstances God puts us in, not about getting where we want to go; and I hope to use this blog to empower women to live a full life, no matter what their situation.
So that’s my what (blogging), and my why.
What about you? Have you ever gotten negative feedback for something you really enjoy? What’s your why, the things that keep you going?
PLEASE NOTE: I do have to clarify that sometimes the people in your life who care about you might have some constructive criticism. You should take to heart what those people have to say. If they know you and your life and your why, and they still see something that concerns them, you should always listen.