Friday, January 4, 2013

Finding Your Purpose in blogging

Oh hi there, have we met before? I think we have...

First of all, can I just tell you what a doll Lena is? Obviously, if you've been hanging around here for any length of time, you already know that. But I have to tell you that she is beyond patient with her *ahem* chronic procrastinator sponsor. That would be me, in case you missed the self-deprecation there. But seriously, Lena is great, and I sincerely recommend sponsoring her when you get a chance.

In case we haven't met before, here's the short version of who I am: a country-living, ice tea loving, blogging, writing, designing, curly-headed wife of a professor, journeying through infertility. Whew, did ya get all that? Want to know more? The long version can be found here.

The last time I was here I talked about Finding Your Voice. Today I want to talk a little bit about Finding Your Purpose in blogging.

The first action that helped me determine my purpose in blogging was that I started thinking of myself as a leader. After all, I have followers, right? Clearly I am leading them somewhere. Viewing myself as the "leader" of my little internet space really helped me focus on discovering my own  unique purpose.

The second action that helped me determine my purpose in blogging is that I asked intentional questions that helped define my passion. As bloggers, we're kind of lucky in that we get to write those things about which we are most passionate. 

I asked myself:
  1. What story do I want to tell? // What story does God want me to tell?
  2. To whom am I writing? // To whom do I want to write? 
  3. What is the goal of my writing? 
  4. How does my writing bless or contribute to my family? 
  5. Does blogging enhance or detract from my life? // My home? // My marriage? //My walk with God?
  6. Do I have anything useful to say? // New? // Encouraging? // Inspiring?
These questions helped me pin point the things that are most important to me, and helped me determine what part of blogging most benefits my home and family. It also helped me determine what was a distraction from the afore mentioned important things. 

The third action that helped me determine (and stay true to) my purpose is that I acquired an "inspiration journal." I carry my journal with me so that I can jot down business strategies, design inspiration, blog post ideas, and any other blog-related thought that might enter my brain.

Of course any journal will do, but I got a customized journal from Paper Coterie. I customized the cover with the words "Desire to Inspire" - a daily reminder that ultimately I want to be an inspiration to those who happen across my blog. I customized the inside cover with a favorite quote that reminds me that beauty and radiance comes from the inside.

*You can use the code "welcomejournal" and get a free customized journal too!

So let's recap, okay?
  1. View yourself as the leader that you are.
  2. Ask yourself the hard questions. Questions that challenge who you are as a writer. Determine what aspects of blogging help, not hurt, your family.
  3. Write down your inspiration and ideas. 

Y'all have a great New Year! And please come say hi some time. I'd love to get to know you!

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  1. If only this came sooner. I finally found my purpose in blogging a couple of days ago. Still really really useful advice, much better then any I have seen.

    Thanks for sharing,

  2. This is super. I think finding your purpose in blogging will save many people a lot of time, as a lot end up following every one else and only feel worse about themselves in the end, so showcasing what one does that's important to them is always best :) xx

  3. Totally needed this to regroup for. 2013. Obvs I love you both but together on one blog my head almost exploded! Xoxo

  4. Amanda is always so insightful. I desire to be half the blogger she is one day!

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