Blogging steals time from my family.
Blogging steals my writing time.
Blogging steals time from studying my craft.
Blogging steals my free time.
Is blogging worth it?
Anyone who’s been blogging for a period of time has more than likely declared these statements out loud, or at least thought them.
In the three-and-a-half years that I’ve been blogging these thoughts have swirled in my mind. Honestly, I’ve come close many times to bagging the blog. Yep, it’s true.
But when I get a comment, like the one I recently received, I know all of the time spent blogging has been worth it. In a post I’d written in January, I was moved by the words written by my friend, who many of you know, Gwen Stevens. With her permission, I’ll share it with you.
Jill, your journey in 2015 inspired me. I know it wasn’t easy, but “Do It Afraid” is a wonderful phrase to ascribe to, and I’m going to make it mine for 2016. Last month I decided to commit to finishing the novel I started back in 2009. I signed on with a writing coach through the University of Wisconsin’s Continuing Ed department, with a goal of finishing the manuscript by January 2017. Already the structure and discipline of this teacher have made a huge difference. Her feedback and encouragement have helped me wake up each morning, excited to write again, even with a full time job. I’m making time, not excuses. But I have you to thank for the inspiration. You showed me and all your readers that dreams can come true with the right frame of mind, so thank you.
Gwen’s comment made me think about everyone who’s followed my journey, and I theirs. We’ve shared personal struggles and experiences with each other and as a result, formed lasting friendships.
So, Gwen, thank you for making me realize why I blog.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on blogging.