Last week, I was chatting with some amazing women from all over the world on Twitter (we 'party' over social media every Thursday night while we wait for Lisa-Jo Baker to post our Five Minute Friday prompt). I genuinely have been feeling pretty stuck recently as a writer/blogger, so I asked these other ladies how they find time to blog (knowing that some are stay-at-home mamas like me, some are full-time working moms, work from home mamas, homeschooling mamas, married and working full time, single and working full time, full time bloggers, full time students, etc. etc. etc. aka any/none of the above and we're all busy but HOW do we find time to write in our busy days??). Some of my friends offered very practical advice, and we laughed about recording our posts in the car or on walks, and people shared helpful sites and tips, but one fellow chatter shared with me the following challenge/question:
You know I really think it comes down to what yr motivation is for blogging.I stopped in my tracks.
For almost a full year I've been writing in this little space, and I've thought about the question, but I've never sat down and forced myself to put my thoughts into clear, prayerful words. Why do I put these words down here? What is my motivation for blogging?
I process the big things (and the small) through writing. I love to write in my journal, explore poetry and play-writing, and write out my prayers whenever I'm able to take the time. But in this space, I process and share according to the following four purposes:
1. Finding joy in the simple things in life (whether that is through the simple things series, the little adventures series, my 25 in 25 bucket list, or just sharing exciting moments here on the farm with the family)
2. Storytelling and creative writing (five minute free writes on Fridays, stories about grocery shopping with my little buddy, or letters written out of love)
3. Learning ways to incorporate creativity (an essential part of who I am) into my current season (whether through adventures in cooking/baking, pictures of new papercutting projects, or a DIY project every once in a while)
4. Sharing authentic pieces of my journey with others (motherhood, faith, identity, depression, theatre, marriage, friendship, dreams, community, growth)
If you're a blogger/writer, have you ever asked yourself what your motivation is for blogging? If so, what are your thoughts? If you haven't written down a mission statement or purpose for your blog, I'd highly recommend it. It's been a very reaffirming exercise and has helped me to refocus and get back on track of why I really want to be writing (at least here at 'My Little Bird').
Thanks for walking through this year of me figuring out my purpose and place in the blogging world, and for following along with the adventures so far!