What Do I Hope to Accomplish?

I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog lately. I’m not sure yet if I have really found “my voice” or my niche. I’ve been struggling with figuring out what works best for me on posting specific topics or following certain formats. I believe, for the most part, that some of my content has been good and valid, but it also seems like what I have been writing is more appropriate for a paper for school rather than something directly from my heart. And I have been more worried about consistency rather than connecting. I don’t want my posts to seem like I am giving a lecture or a sermon (although many a good sermon has changed lives). 🙂 But I would like for people to want to read what I write.

So far, with most of my past blog posts, I have pre-written my copy over a few weeks time, collecting quotes and reworking the text every time I open the Word document. When I’m about done with the copy, I begin looking for photos. Sometimes it takes me longer to post something because I haven’t found the “right” images yet. I copy and paste the words into my blog and then format it, making sure to start with a photo and Scripture and end with a photo and Scripture. How crazy is that? Why do I feel all my posts need to look the same? I guess it’s the Editor in me.

Anyway, just to let you know where I am at right now, what I am writing today is fresh and current and off the top of my head. I have not pre-written any of this, but of course, I’ve given it some thoughtbecause I’m the type of person who mulls a lot of things over … and over. And I will go back and correct things while I’m working on this because I’m a perfectionist. Sometimes that’s a good thing; sometimes not so much.

My other faultwell, one of manyis that I compare myself to other writers. I read several other blogs and devotionals each week and there are many that just blow me away. They are so real and so relevant and so wonderfully written. But I know that I have my own gifts and I am not supposed to be like anyone else. However, I can learn some things from other writers. A post by Lysa Terkeurst really spoke to me recently: Lysa Terkeurst, I don’t want to be a writer.

Basically, she said “there’s a difference between writing and connecting. … Connecting is crafting words with movement. Words that stir and pop and buzz and linger and best of all mess with the reader.” See, that’s what I really want to be doing. I want to mess with you. Well, really, I want to make people who read my blogs think. I want to encourage my readers, to help people move toward or move past something. I want what I write to be meaningful, but still real, and still a part of me. I want to connect with others and have them connect with me. 

So, today’s post is my first attempt at figuring out what I hope to accomplish with my blog and creating motion, which will lead to emotion. And I will try to reign myself in. Instead of trying to make too many points and losing readers, I will file some of thoughts away. Heck, I only have a few followers anyway, and most are family members. I don’t want to lose the readers I have.

One last note, and I promise I will close today’s post out. Or as a friend often says a little too late in the conversation, “Long story short…” 🙂 The title of my blog is Everyday Moments: Celebrating Life, Love, and Laughter. To me, that sounds like it should be a lot more lighthearted than the messages have been up to this point. I’m not saying I won’t tackle serious issues about life in future posts. But, I’d like to share a little bit more of the love and laughter parts. So, stay tuned for future posts. Hopefully, you will enjoy them and you will learn a little bit more about me.

So, what can I tell you about myself or my life? What do you want to know? How can I connect better with you?