To Blog or Not to Blog?

January 11, 2018 — 6 Comments

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I started this blog nearly six years ago. It was my sister that encouraged me to start blogging. I never considered myself a writer, but I always had this desire to write. If I showed you some of my old journals with my New Year’s resolutions, you would see my future writing ambitions. My sister—who sometimes knows me better than I know myself—knew that I needed to guide my passionate voice to a better venue than our phone conversations.

I don’t have a huge following. That was never my goal. I just wanted to share my heart and whoever wanted to listen was welcome to drop by and read. And while I blogged, I was given opportunities to write on other blog sites with much larger audiences. I was able to write for conservative political sites which led to attending large political events. I had a taste of what it was like to be a citizen journalist, and it was fun. But I realized the political media arena is not for me. This might be surprising to you, but writing about politics can get tiresome, and I was getting a bit jaded by it all. I know, shocking!

There was that time that I quickly jotted down my thoughts on Miley Cyrus back in 2013, and my blog post went viral. When it hit 10,000 views, I thought to myself, “Maybe, I should write all my blog posts in fifteen minutes or less.”

I then had the opportunity to write for pro-life sites, and that is where I felt most comfortable. Writing about the beauty of God’s creation and protecting that creation—it never gets old. My fingers easily find the words to write when it comes to my passion for being a voice for life. I pray that I can continue to be a voice for the pro-life movement wherever that may lead.

I am grateful that this little blog has been a stepping stone, and I am grateful for all the opportunities it has provided.

But here is where I get to the whole point of this blog post. Should I continue to blog?

I am a person who knows what I am NOT better than what I AM. I am not a platform person. I love reading blogs from Christian women who share a daily devotional and who have developed specific platforms. Talented writers who have many followers, and they encourage other women in their faith at conferences and various speaking engagements. That is not me.

There are also mothers who have great parenting blog sites. They encourage young mothers and give the latest parenting tips. I might be able to whip up a couple of posts about my lessons learned as a mother but, again, that’s NOT me.

This blog and the title—The Velvet Brick—is me. Someone once told me, “You look sweeter than you really are.” I laughed. It wasn’t a criticism. What she meant was I am tougher than I look. I am not afraid to take on the controversial issues. I’ll throw my opinions into the ring knowing the possibility of the backlash I might receive. I also don’t take myself too seriously. And on occasion, I can be wrong on an issue or how I approach it.

The most important thing to me about blogging is that my faith reflects what I write. But my faith needs to be genuine and, sometimes, that means I need to write with more grace and less religious convictions. Both are important, but they have to balance each other.

I know that God has given me a voice to share my faith and sometimes that intersects with topics in culture, family, and politics. If it is a platform, it is a broad one. Often, I think my voice is getting lost in a sea of other voices with more followers and well-defined blogs. And, perhaps, with sweeter dispositions than me. (She says sweetly smiling.)

I know as a writer/blogger you are supposed to post regularly and market yourself profusely. That’s a struggle for me. I can get tired of myself, and if I do, I know the reader can as well. Sometimes less is more.

So I need your help. I have an existential blog crisis. Should I continue to blog? Is there room for my voice in the wide blogosphere? Should I close up shop and try other writing venues? Do you still read blogs? What have you appreciated here that might help to define where my voice belongs? I would love your opinions, suggestions, or criticisms. After all, I wouldn’t be here pressing the keys on my laptop if it weren’t for my sister—and YOU!

Please comment anonymously or famously below.

6 responses to To Blog or Not to Blog?

  1. 

    I’ve blogged since Dec 2010. I don’t blog as regularly as I once did – for various reasons. But I don’t think I could ever stop. Writing is a helpful outlet for me. I still read blogs, and often feel sad about all the bloggers that have ceased – they had valuable insight but have disappeared. I miss their insight. Certain blogs will run a natural course, but that is not what I am talking about. I think, for some, blogging gets discouraging – I relate to feeling that your voice is just drowning in a sea of other voices – why bother? Like you, my blog is a bit different than others. I’m female but my blog does not fall into a female blog niche. When you don’t have such a niche, it can be harder to establish yourself. You are “too much” for some and “not enough” for others – not quite fitting anywhere. For example, my blog is not devotional/light enough for some, but neither is it academic enough for the truly academic/thinking crowd. Anyways…I think you should keep blogging! Even if your voice is sometimes lost, it will be found by some. Keep at it!!

  2. 

    Thanks Laura! Great advice. It’s that pressure to fall in a niche that gets discouraging. Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. 

    Hey Jules! I think you should keep your blog until your book comes out, unless you have another avenue to get the word out for that?? What is your publication date?   Love.K

  4. 

    Like Laura, I think you should keep blogging. Because I know there will times your going to want to express your self and it is a great venue to do so. Plus as your Mom I enjoy reading your blogs.😘

  5. 

    Yes keep it up.

    Don Wilkerson Sent from my iPhone

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  6. 

    Your father knows best, love your blog

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