Yeah, should I quit?
I decided to commit to blogging in 2013. Like any love relationship, I want something that’s legit and lasting. I bought my domain name, got a friend to manage my site, and hired a brilliant creative, Rhiza Oyos, to set up my site. This was the beginning of a beautiful relationship with blogging.
My blog and I had some ups and downs in our relationship. Some are good writing days. But there were the meh months. Either I was too lazy to write anything or life happened.
I let my insecurities as a writer get the best of me when I started blogging. I was afraid that grammar nazis would devour me and my blog post on social media. Having no literary credentials to boot, every published post was a nightmare.
But I have to be proactive. I enrolled in online classes that will help improve my writing skills. Books on writing and grammar were added to my reading list. I subscribed to bloggers who focused on writing and blogging. Attending writing workshops also kept me busy.
I would say that these tools gave me a new confidence in writing. A writer friend of mine noticed the improvement in my writing as well. This new feather in my cap led me to accept writing jobs as a side income. And I want to do more.
Pioneer bloggers would tell newbie bloggers to be an expert in a certain field. There are lifestyle bloggers, food bloggers, mommy bloggers, tech bloggers, and so son. Yes, I am the Inspirited Mom but I wouldn’t consider myself a mommy blogger.
Though I blog about homeschooling, I am not limited to that. I am also not a lifestyle blogger because I’m too lazy to write or post about the places I visited or products I’ve tried. Yes, I have a small food business and love cooking and baking. But I also can’t call myself a food blogger. I am not an expert in motherhood, homeschooling, or cooking. There is more to learn in these areas.
There is one thing I know I would never tire writing about. It is my journey with the Lord Jesus Christ. I cannot separate my identity in Christ to the things I do every day. Would I call myself then a faith blogger or faith writer?
According to the Myers Briggs Personality Test, I am an introvert. You may disagree with the results but I am a true INFP whose strategy is Constant Improvement. That is why writing about my personal faith journey may be embarrassing most of the time. But it gives me the freedom to be real.
I am not Miss Goody Two-Shoes as some may assume. I do not live a perfect life. Never did I claim that. God also does not play favorites. I am not His favorite. He loves me and disciplines me at the same time. He does not always answer my prayers the way I want it. Oh, you don’t know how many times the Lord said, “No” to me. My heart and soul have experienced brokenness and restoration by the Lord. It is a life of constant improvement as my personality tests say. And that’s what I want to share.
- I have renewed my domain name, Inspirited Mom, last month, and I own it until next year. Do I need to change my domain name? If you think I do, what do you suggest the new domain would be?
- As my tagline says, “Let us spur one another”. Is the blog helping you or someone you know get to know God more? If so, how?
- Is food blogging something I should look into? Or do I stick with writing about faith?