I love hearing people talk about why they created a blog. I love hearing how they got started and where their inspiration comes from. But as seasoned bloggers, when we’re always focused on our current tasks of writing and creating, we might lose sight of our original goals. When was the last time you looked back to those early days before “blogger” was part of your title?
My one year blog-iversary is quickly approaching, and it’s bringing back all the pre-blogger-feels. I keep tabs on my blogging goals to remember why I started and to keep focus on where I want to go.
That being said, I’d like to share a little about why I chose my “niche” (although I don’t particularly like that word), why I’m a faith blogger, and why that really matters.
Blogging and faith are actually pretty similar. Both take work, effort, and intentionality. Neither happens by accident. And neither works unless you do.
Both take investing our time and energy, and both have lots of things to learn and lots of room to grow, but both have major rewards.
Both take our constant, honest effort to be a successful, nurtured part of our lives.
We can’t hide either from who we are.
While faith has been a part of me as long as I can remember, and I’ve only been blogging for a year (I had the mindset and need to write looong before then), both things are huge parts of who I am.
I could talk all day about all the reasons I started a blog, but none of it (my life or this blog) makes sense without faith in the equation.
I went on a mini-rant about this on my Instagram the other day, but faith is just a big deal to me.
Yes, I’m a college student attending a large, liberal university.
Yes, I’m studying political science (but that doesn’t mean I’m here to talk about politics) and yes, my goal is to be a lawyer.
Yes, I’m a major girly-girl, and I also love writing about fashion and pretty things.
Yes, I get that all of that might not fit into one blogging “niche” (which is why I’m not a fan of the word), and yep, that doesn’t bother me at all.
I don’t need to fit into one little box. As a person, I don’t fit in one category, so I don’t see why my blog should either.
I’m a college blogger, and a faith blogger, and a sometimes-style-blogger, too.
Like I’ve talked about before, all you really need to be a blogger is a simple “because…”
I’m a college blogger because that’s the beautiful phase of life I’m in.
I’m a style blogger because I love shopping as much as the next girl, and I’m always on the hunt for “the look for less”.
But I’m a faith blogger because I’m an imperfect Christian with a big love for the Lord.
I’m a faith blogger because I’m a God-made-girl struggling to live in a man-made-world.
I’m a faith blogger because I’m still figuring all this “faith” stuff out.
I’m a faith blogger because I’m living to gain eternal graces that go far beyond the satisfaction of this world.
I’m a faith blogger because without faith, I wouldn’t be a blogger at all.
I’m a college blogger, and a style blogger, and a faith blogger, because I choose all of the above.
I choose to let my light shine and write about what matters to me.
I’m not trying to say one type of blogging is better than another. I don’t think that’s true at all. I think it’s incredible just how many different types of blogs are out there; it’s one more reason I love the blogging world.
I’m just saying that to me, “faith”, “grace”, and “Jesus” aren’t just words to add to my Instagram bio. They’re much bigger, much more important, and much harder to explain.
That’s why I’m a faith blogger. And that’s why it matters.