Day after day of checking my own stats, comments, and page views can, at times, be disappointing as well as discouraging. I really enjoy writing, so I am definitely not planning on quitting, but in order to keep my thoughts on a positive note, I think it might be beneficial to explain why I write. What urges me to put pen to paper and scribble out my incredibly exciting thoughts?
1. Writing encourages me to apply what I have learned.
It keeps me engaged in current issues by dissecting and analyzing (sometimes too much!) the information I read, hear, and see everyday. It helps me process the depths of Scripture so I can properly act on what I have studied. Writing helps me formulate my own opinions and gives me a voice.
2. Writing on The Feminine Intellect forces me to, well, write!
When I personally subscribe to a blog, I expect certain things:
- I expect the information to be compatible with the niche, or main genre of the blog.
- I expect the topics to be applicable to my life and helpful in some way.
- I expect new content to be written consistently.
Because I want to give those same things to my readers, I try to schedule specific times to write at least twice a week. I give myself deadlines. And for the most part, I am able to publish new posts every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
3. Maintaining a blog allows me to look back on my life’s journey.
It’s fun to see how you grow as a person through the ups and downs of life. Watching my writing change and adjust throughout the years is also a source of encouragement! Even when I read through my own personal journals, I can see improvement in many areas of my life, as well as others still begging for change.
4. Writing and blogging connects me to people.
I am by no means a social butterfly, but I enjoy seeing the benefits of expanding my circles – whether it be with a reader or another blogger. The blog community gives you a chance to explore links, recipes, book clubs, and make new friends!
5. Writing may give me a chance to help someone else.
Maybe someday I can impact others on larger scale, but for now, I try to focus on the previous four reasons and hope that sometime, or somewhere, maybe something I wrote lifted at least one person’s spirits and encouraged them to walk closer to Christ.
6. Writing is ingrained in my DNA.
No, I don’t have famous authors hanging from my family tree, but I tend to go through withdrawal if I am left alone without a paper and pen. I have to write, and I must. Writing has been and always will be my calling. It just took me a few years to embrace that idea!