Sundi Jo is deleting her Facebook friends.
Tammy Helfrich is staying true to her writing voice.
John Sadington has adjusted his blog focus.
In a guest post at Michael Hyatt’s blog, Lucille Zimmerman has decided to stop choking on guru advice.
Jim Woods has started a writing revolution.
Melissa Titus started over
Barb Raveling has a series on blogging and ministry.
TC Avey changed her mind about ‘platform building’.
People are adjusting, refocusing, simplifying, following passion.
As for me and inspite of my best intentions, I’ve faltered when it comes to staying true to what God has called me to write.
Personally, and while I enjoy it immensely, I don’t write on this blog for the sake of writing.
I write because I feel it’s something He’s called me to do. Writing is a channel through which I share what He’s put in my heart to share.
After moving from Blogger (blogspot) to self-hosted WordPress back in June 2012, I tightened my focus and zeroed in on “Intentional Growth” as the focus of this new blog.
Yet as I did that, I stopped flapping with the other wing of passion – Intentional relationships.
What Blogging Gurus Say
Blogging gurus say that bloggers should identify and stick to one niche.
For example, they say that you can’t focus on cats and diving as blogging niches at the same time.
Unless ofcourse you can find a way to make the two relate e.g. how your cat landing on its two feet gave you a killer idea about your next cliff dive.
The gurus say that on the days you post about your cat, your diving readers will be bored silly.
And on the days you blog about your diving, your cat fans will be scowling at the screen.
I think when it comes to following passion, we’ll come to that place of making uncomfortable decisions.
At some point, we’ll have to choose between what feels right and what seems popular.
There’s nothing wrong with expert counsel and advice of course.
Just that I think tweaking and twisting our lives to fit an image we’ve created in our head, at the expense of authenticity, is all wrong.
So often, the image of success we have in our minds does not match what God has in mind.
Sometimes we work hard for public success, forgetting that God may have something else in mind e.g private success.
Following advice at the expense of passion makes out dreams falter.
Passion becomes a drudgery, what we loved becomes a prison, frustration knocks out our creativity and stuns our hearts cold.
We live in a world full of new shiny toys and it doesn’t take much to lose focus. I think that is why God is always calling us to set our minds on things above.
As I am stirred to go back to my first love – growth and relationships- guess what’s come knocking on my door?
Am afraid I’ll annoy my ‘growth’ readers with my ‘marriage’ posts. Am afraid I’ll annoy my ‘married’ readers with my ‘singles’ posts.
And am afraid I’ll annoy my ‘single’ readers with ‘growth and marriage’ posts!
I have discovered that a kickin’ life will often break guru rules.
Passion will not be placed in a box.
Inspite of my ‘fears’ and angst, I can’t wait to have everything figured out before I step out (okay, more like pick up where I left off.)
So, by the grace of God, I’ll go ahead and write what am passionate about – intentional growth and relationships – inspite of the voice in my head telling me to stick to what ‘works’.
Me thinks that the world becomes a better place when we all stick to the business of being us 🙂
so what does this all mean?
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you may have noticed some changes – I am now writing more marriage posts.
And in case you are wondering how “weighty” my marriage thoughts are, am in my fifth year of year of marriage.
Whatever you do today, go ahead and do your own stepping out. Don’t wait to have everything figured out first.
Question – Is God calling you to refocus in any area of your life? What are you struggles? Please share in comments below.