I made a huge step recently by deciding to finally self-host my blog. I was having those shoulda-woulda-coulda moments months before I turned 40. It was very timely (God’s timing) that our church mentors decided to facilitate an overnight retreat for the entire discipleship group. The retreat focused on Creating a Personal Life Plan and finding your true purpose in life. It was during this stay in Tagaytay that I knew in my heart the Lord was leading me to pursue my passion to write. But what do I write about?
After attending Martine de Luna’s Dainty Mom Blogging Workshop, I was willingly dragged into taking the big-girl into this world of online journaling. Martine shared words of wisdom that impacted me a lot. “How much do you value your posts? If you could put a price tag on them, how much would it cost?” I never thought of that before. She’s right.
When I started blogging, I thought my posts were just mere ramblings of a homeschooling mom. But when I took a little steps to develop my blog I realized I was already writing from the soul. The words are not just letters put together to say mean something, they became my heart words. And because these are important to me I have to protect them and own them too.
Part of my life plan is Inspirited Mom. Deciding on a name took a while because my name will represent who am I and what my blog is about. My first free blog site was called gotanygrapes from Blogger. Then, I moved to WordPress and called it “the chronicles of mama” then later changed again to “momsciber”. I searched my favorite online took, Thesaurus to find synonyms for inspire or encourage and I was drawn to the word inspirit and so Inspirited Mom was born.
Inspirited mom came from my desire to use my passion and calling to pursue God’s purpose for me. All I want to do it to encourage other moms who like me, take motherhood seriously. Being a mother is not an easy task and there at times I need other moms to lift me up when there is just too much on my shoulders. It’s not always a perfect day for a hands-on mom/stay-at-home mom like me. I don’t always get it together. So there are times the rooms are messy, the kids are too rowdy and loud, their schoolwork has not been completed and there are just too much to do! Sometimes I just want to escape to nowhere land and stay there for a while.
As I share my personal journey online, I hope to inspire others to be better at this God-appointed role. It’s not always easy but since it was God’s idea to put me in this position then it’s just fitting that I seek Him in everything. He equips me with the tools available: His Word, my husband’s wisdom and leadership, my mom, other moms before me, my spiritual moms, parenting books and seminars and other Christian mom bloggers out there.
When God called me to a mother, He did not make a mistake. He knew even before I was born that I was going to be a mother to Jacob and Jianne. He knew that I would lose it, act a like a fool or resent Him for making me a mom. He also knew that I would stand up each time I fall because His grace compels me. And of course, He is wise to know that there is no greater mom for my kids than me.
As a newbie blogger, I don’t know if I’m doing the right thing. Serious bloggers are focused on such questions like: Am I getting more traffic? Are my posts flooded with comments? Do I get sponsors? Is my site pretty enough? All these things I also consider but they will come eventually, no rush. I have to put out read-worthy content first before all the embellishments.
As I continue to learn more about blogging, there is one thing that all professional bloggers say to newbies like me and that is to focus on the CONTENT. Content is key!
As a reader of my blog, would you be kind enough to “gently” inspire me to become better at this? Please share your thoughts on the Comments section below. I value your kind inputs 🙂
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. Proverbs 27: 17