By Lisa Karon Richardson
This past year has seen more upheaval in my life than any other I can recall. We went from missionaries, to stateside saints, to home missionaries. I obtained a ‘secular’ job. My kids went from homeschooling to public schools. (Harder on me that it was on them!) We moved. And those are just the tip of the iceberg. I also started blogging.
To be candid I came to blogging reluctantly. It never even occurred to me that I might be a blogger until I began to pursue writing seriously and was hammered with the concept of how important a platform is to an aspiring author. According to the pundits every savvy wannabe should start a blog.
I grumbled a great deal and mumbled even more. And then God took a hand, and put together the Inkies. I know that all our posts aren’t profound and inspirational. Sometimes we’re downright silly. But I can honestly say that being a part of this blog has changed me.
Top Ten Reasons I’ve Grown to Love Blogging
1. Relationships-I cherish the Inkies. I had never even met them all in person and yet they are my sisters. We have laughed and cried and prayed together. I’ve poured out my heart when it was full of pain and anger and they lifted me up with words of love and healing.
2. Blessing of learning from my cohorts’ insight-I can’t even number the times other Inkies’ posts have ministered to me
3. Anticipation of reading what the other Inkies write-we are all so different and I’ve found that we approached every theme from unique perspectives. They are all so talented and so many times I wished I’d written that!
4. Discipline of writing to deadline-having a deadline puts writing in a whole different ballpark! It’s an important part of learning the business side of writing. No excuses. Something’s gotta go up.
5. Freedom in transparency-in all the craziness of this past year, I’ve been able to share what God was doing. There’s something liberating about not always having to pretend that life’s perfect. Even more when you find out that there are lots of others out there facing similar trials. We’re not alone.
6. Challenge of writing entertaining articles-sometimes I fear the well is dry. I have no ideas at all for my post. Deadline is looming. I can’t think of anything, much less something that someone else might want to spend time and precious eyesight in reading. Turns out, God’s faithful. He’s provided my posts when I needed them.7. The joy of community-our followers mean more than I can say. You’re the reason we’re here. I really want to know which of our experiments you like. Which you didn’t care for so much. We want to provide you with a service. To make the inkwell an engaging, creative and joyful place for you to visit.
8. Excitement of finding a new comment-We try to be especially present on the days one of our posts goes up. Checking for new comments gets a little addictive. I may be lame, but I get a rush each time one of you takes the time to join the conversation and post a comment of your own. You all have expanded my thinking and made me look beyond myself this past year. Commenters rock!
9. Sense of pride that someone thinks my words worth reading-it takes a certain amount of self-confidence to face the inevitable rejection of writing for publication. It’s a balm to my sometimes battered, tattered courage to know that whether I’m published or not, there’s hope that something I’ve said could touch someone.
10. Opportunities-somehow this has moved way down the list in importance. Even so my involvement in Inkwell has opened doors that would not have been open to me before.
So thank you. To all of you who have come to hang around the Inkwell. I appreciate all that you’ve done for me. You have moved me with your words and changed me with your insight.
God bless you all. I look forward to all we’ll experience together in this next year!
Have you ever found joy in a chore you were sure you'd resent?
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