For the past year, I have walked down a familiar, yet unfamiliar path. You see, the path is both familiar and unfamiliar because while I have trusted God in unchartered territory before, this has been a different type of faith journey. This type of journey would be done so in a very public format.
If you’ve followed me for some time, you know that my entrance into the blogosphere was filled with fear, trembling and trepidation. (You can read all about that here.) No one wants to fail but failing in such a public way is even more frightful.
My greatest desire in writing here is to share my Children’s Ministry experiences with others. This blog has evolved over the course of the year and that has been so exciting to watch. It has been fun to be creative on my own terms and to learn how to find my own voice in this platform that God has given me. There are some great blogs out there, but I need to be myself and speak like myself.
Here are a few things I’ve learned along this amazing journey:
- God has really knock my socks off! I have had some incredible opportunities and met even more incredible people as a result of this blog. So much for thinking that no one would read my posts! But really, it’s amazing how sharing what God places on my heart has blessed people in the ways it has.
- I can’t be afraid to change things up a bit. KidMinspiration started out as a blog primarily geared towards Children’s Ministry leaders. It has grown to now include Children’s Ministry volunteers and parents. Volunteers and parents are naturally a part of Children’s Ministry, so why not make it accessible to people invested in kidmin? My writing also tended to include volunteers and parents, so it was a natural progression.
- Personal stories make me feel more at ease. One of the best ways for people to know me better is to include personal stories. Who doesn’t love a story? In addition to being a kidmin leader, I’m also a wife, mom, daughter, sister and friend so giving you a peek into my life was also a natural progression.
- Blogging takes time. Whew – I underestimated how much time it would take to take a blog post from beginning to end. Answering questions like What will I write about? When will I sit down to flesh that out? What type of media should I include? Have I used too many words? Or not enough words? Is it clear and compelling? For someone who’s not a professional writer, these things can be a little daunting but it’s getting a little easier.
- There’s a lot to learn about blogging and how to blog well. There is a plethora of resources out there for bloggers. I am so grateful to read ways to become a better blogger. This girl needs all the help I can get!
Thank you so much for being part of my life for the past year. I honestly didn’t think that I’d last 3 months but God is so good to me. I am thankful for everyone who reads my words, shares my words and allows my words to impact their life and ministry. You have blessed me beyond measure.
Here’s to (hopefully) another great year together! Be blessed!
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