Admit and Commit
In life, we all want to have the perfect plan. We all want success, happiness, and a great career. But at this point in my life, I don’t know what that is. There are a few things that interest me, but what am I truly passionate about? And besides being passionate about it… what’s going to actually pay the bills? And once that question is answered, a whole new flurry of questions arise. How do I get there? Should I get a job? Try to carve my own path? Take an internship? And then an idea occurs to me.
Maybe I should start a blog. But everyone has a blog. How do you break through? How do I know I won’t be wasting my time? Will people even read it? This is what the trepidation is: “Why me, out of everyone else?” You’ve got to believe that you have a special voice and a unique message. News flash- you do. There’s only one you. The question you should be asking is why not me? In deciding to fully commit to this blog, I’m struggling to get past that pessimistic thought, the one that says this won’t work. I know that I need to let that go and give this a wholehearted effort or I will regret it.
This notion of wholly committing was first sparked by reading an article on House of Muses called “Why You Should Start Now.” This, paired with an awesome message at church about the faith Abraham had to have to take steps in following God even though he didn’t know where he was going to end up (Hebrews 11, y’all), struck a chord with me. The next obvious move was to just start and keep moving forward.
So now, how to start? I started by making a simple editorial calendar with topics that I’m going to write about three times a week. I’m also going to make it a point to interact with other people in the blogging community. My main goals are to share my point of view, have it be heard, and hopefully impact my readers (if I gain any). Right now, the internet feels like one big, noisy stadium and I’m up in the nosebleeds by myself. But maybe, just maybe, that will change.
I may not know what my career is going to be, or where this is going to go, but I want to make an effort. So that’s my goal for the next 8 months. I’ll be reevaluating in June. This post was going to be about setting goals. Honestly, I’m not the greatest at setting goals. So this post being vulnerable about my hesitations with blogging feels a lot more appropriate. I hope you feel inspired or at least like you’re not alone in feeling pessimistic sometimes.