I have spent the past couple weeks reading blog tips and checking out others’ blogging styles and finding that I am left feeling more intimidated than informed. A lot of people advise you to write a lot of content before publishing so that your website looks “lived in” and people can’t tell you’re a newbie. I thought that was great advice so I’ve been working on writing a bunch of blogs so that I don’t SEEM like a newbie. After writing a handful of potential blog posts I noticed that I started feeling the pressure of looking a certain way to my readers in order to convince myself that I can be successful. I was overthinking everything I would write and was more worried about how my material would compare to other blogs out there. I had no idea what would qualify as good first blog material and I was stuck.
Exactly what I had expected…afraid and at a standstill yet again. Believing those lies again… maybe this isn’t for me.
Then I realized yeah, I am a newbie and so what if I am, newbies have to start somewhere. I don’t need to hide the fact that I am new to blogging to be a successful blogger. Right?
So to start “somewhere”, I took it to God in prayer (‘cause the Lord knows I was still so stuck). After a good hard battle between his peace and my fears, I was reminded that I’m not doing this to look a certain way or gain the approval of people. I’m doing this for his glory, period. I’m blogging to be a vessel of encouragement for others who have the same struggles I do. Most importantly, I was reminded that though I might be able to accomplish some things on my own, I won’t get very far. But, by the grace of God and his leading I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength –Philippians 4:13. So I can’t keep saying “but what if this and but what if that” because otherwise it defeats the whole purpose of Unhindered Design in the first place. I HAVE to become unhindered from my worrisome thoughts and cling to faith in Christ. I have to believe that I can do this.
Now here I am, writing my very first “newbie” blog post for all of you to see! Completely transparent and as real as it gets. I trust that in time my writing will improve and my blog will grow into something amazing but, for now… what you see is what you get. At the end of the day, I truly believe that someone out there needs to hear what I have to say, no matter how I say it. If I can help one person find the courage to go for something that they’ve always been afraid to go after then I’ve done what I came to do. If I can help one person find freedom from a stronghold, I get to celebrate with them in their victory (yay!). Just to be able to help one person come to know the hope in the newness and the love of Christ then I know I have served a purpose. Even if that one person happens to be myself.
Makes the whole journey so worth it! No matter how easy or how hard.
What I learned: It is totally okay to be new! Remembering that I am indeed a newbie is what helped me overcome my fear of LOOKING like a newbie. Instead of trying to cover it up, I owned it and was able to successfully write and post my first blog without a second thought. That’s how unhindered faith should be. Because of Jesus we are made new every moment that we believe we are and we need to own our newness! All we have to do is take that first step of believing in the power of who we are as “newbies” and let Jesus lead us the rest of the way. There is NOTHING wrong with having a fresh start in a new direction. It’s scary taking steps towards something unknown but as we take those steps, we learn and we grow. We may stumble sometimes but we have the power to get up, dust the dirt off our knees, and keep going.
Be encouraged and just go for it!
He is making all things NEW -Revelation 21:5
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Love & Blessings!