While listening to a Hope*Writer's podcast recently, I was reminded of a reason why people should blog: to practice writing words that you can't take back. If I'm honest, that's the aspect of blogging that terrifies me, but it's also the most thrilling part.
We live in a world where many people are afraid to share their creative thoughts, ideas, or writing. It often boils down to fear of man, but the fear we face in day-to-day life often trickles into one's blogging life.
We're afraid to share honestly, of writing posts that people might criticize, or even just sharing a post we've poured our heart into writing. However, persevering in blogging means practicing the discipline of writing words you can't take back, of putting your writing and thoughts out there for the world to read and potentially laud or reject. It's terrifying to write words and put them out there for people to read, but it's worth it.
Personally, I think that people that enjoy writing should have a blog, because it grows you in a number of ways. Here are three reasons why I think people should blog and practice writing words that they can't take back:
You Grow As A Writer
When you practice writing words that you can't take back, you inevitably grow as a writer, because you'll start writing a lot of words that you can't take back. And if you can't take your words back, you'll start thinking more about your craft, word choice, building tension, creating a story arch, etc. It encourages you to try new things with the freedom of putting your work out there, even if the response is critical.
You Bless Your Readers
What you write could encourage, equip, or enlighten that one reader - the one that visits your blog regularly and benefits from your content. You might only have one blog reader, but you can still bless the one you've been given. That one post you're afraid of posting because it might not be "perfect" might just greet a reader at the perfect moment.
You Choose Love Instead Of Fear
It is written, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love." (1 John 4:18) If we know the love of Christ, we don't need to be afraid. No amount of criticism, rejection, discouragement, or fear can overcome the love of Christ. Like the Bible says fear ultimately has to do with punishment, but perfect love, the love of Christ, casts out fear. So choose to love and bless others, as Christ has loved and blessed you, instead of worrying and becoming fearful of what others might think.
This post is particularly aimed towards those that blog, write, desire to blog, or are fearful to share their writing. I hope this encourages you to share what you write and to practice writing words that you can't take back. I'm practicing writing words that I can't take back by writing this post. I wanted to bless and love others by writing about this topic, and I hope it serves its purpose. So let's practice writing words that we can't take back together.
Shalom! I'm Madi, a laughter-loving, movie-going, spontaneous-dancing, follower of Christ. Join me as I seek glimpses of God's grace in the ordinary and everyday.
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