Blogging is not for wimps!
Learning to blog is like hiking up a small mountain – there are many switchbacks and it is uphill climb. As you climb, you’ll notice your leg muscles burn a little, you’re breathing faster, and a layer of perspiration dampens your top.
It involves purposeful, strenuous activity. The climb into blogging involves some stress and strain, as well.
It is more of a process of becoming, not a one step deal.
More of a marathon than a sprint, for most of us. The development happens little by little, we improve and grow and change as we move forward. One step at a time.
Sometimes I’d prefer to ‘be’, rather than need to ‘become’.
I like the one step process in life. The quick and easy method. Guaranteed to succeed. And, I’d like to get ‘there’ – Now! I am destination oriented, goal focused and I look toward the end point and I clammer to get there.
I’m learning in my 50’s, life is process.
Blogging Life Lesson #1: Becoming and process is vital – it is the good stuff.
The transformation, the real changes occur from the inside out, in the process of becoming. The decision we made to blog and to improve in our writing, as we act on it, alters us. We ‘come to be’ or ‘come into existence’ through a process.
Full Definition of BECOME
a : to come into existence
b : to come to be <become sick>
: to undergo change or development
: to happen
We must joy in the journey, not just the getting there.
And allow for the journey to have unexpected turns, switchbacks that are a bit steep, and mountain top experiences which may bring us a high, but which are often followed by a path into the valley (emotional lows, physical challenges, and even some failures). If you take the time to notice, you’ll realize that there are some beautiful points along the way.
Blogging Life Lesson #2: Learning involves some frustration.
As we struggle up the path, we realize that the journey involves work, and and there is much we still need to learn, which causes us some stress.
Parenting is where I learned this truth, and I’m relearning it with blogging.
Watching my daughter learn to walk, showed me how much struggle and frustration it takes to learn complex tasks. My little one would wake up screaming in the middle of the night, standing up at the rails of her crib crying, the frustration of her day’s struggle waking her from a sound sleep.
Learning involves frustration. Get used to it!
I like things easy. I’m willing to spend the time and energy to write, that’s quite a bit. But, I’ve noticed as of late, I don’t want to bother with the real world marketing ‘stuff’. Yeah, I’d like to avoid hassle. Not Bother. Not bother to have a Facebook page. Not bother with Twitter. I know…not smart!
So, real world blogging has been teaching me some real world lessons.
Blogging Life Lesson #3: I need to bend. Grow.
Adapt. Not become unglued. Willing to humble myself and learn.
Open myself up to new ways of doing something. Be willing to grow. To become better.
These have been good life lessons I’m learning. I’ve taken two practical steps this month towards this goal:
- I’ve joined Compel Training. Last month one thing I learned: ‘There are no failures only learning – if we take responsibility. Grow towards God, in faith’. Good words from Michael Hyatt’s teaching.
- I’ve been doing more research on blogging – did you know white space is as important as the words in a blog (Ann Handley’s book “Everybody Writes”)?
Bend a bit.
Leaning over to care and consider how others might receive a blog better.
All under the beautiful hand of God, through the mighty words of prayer. My focus and desire to write and share God’s truth isn’t altering. But, my mindset is.
Being willing to bend.
I’ve focused on the growth challenges of blogging, I’d like to mention that I consider blogging to be a privilege.
To all you bloggers – Good Blogging to you!