I didn’t start this blog to write about Christianity.

There, I said it.

It’s something that’s been on my mind lately — how “religious” this space has become. I’m conscious of it with that dark-and-stormy side of my writer’s heart: I must admit that I’m embarrassed, at times, that people who know me outside of my faith will be disappointed. Oh, another one of those writers. Another one of those women. We thought you were different. We thought you were real.

But honestly, I’m also intrigued. What is it they tell you: Follow your heart? Trust your instincts? Write on the topics about which you love to read? Find your purpose in those moments when you are most truly yourself? Pay attention to what gets your attention.

And so I’m floundering along a bit, figuring out what this space should be at a much slower pace than I anticipated when I wrote this post last year. I thought I would be using a content calendar and posting Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 11:00 a.m. on-the-dot. But no, I am not there yet.

I hear a call from somewhere deep and mysterious.
I want to follow it, but can’t yet make out its source.

In which I search for my blogging voice, again
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  • I’ve followed your blog since you were Freshly Pressed, and can’t say I noticed that you were blogging about Christianity, although I did note the references to faith.

    So that is my perception as a reader, for what it is worth.

    My advice for finding your voice is to just keep writing. It will find you. That goes for subject matter, as well. The more you blog, the more you will see that you keep coming back to the same topics, and you’ll start to see your focus narrow, all on its own. I think bloggers who set out to write about “anything,” believing it will provide them with unlimited subject matter, wind up feeling overwhelmed, and end up not writing at all.

    • Thanks Karen, that is good advice and it is great to hear your perspective!

  • I agree with Karen. I haven’t been reading your blog for a long time, but I’ve fallen in love with it because I hear a little bit of me in each post and I always find something to relate to with you. Keep writing, not matter what it’s about. Just write what comes to you. That’s how I roll. 🙂

    • Thank you thank you thank you! These comments are exactly what I needed to hear.

      I know myself a little better after each post. Thanks for sticking with me while I try to figure these things out.

      • It’s what I would hope for in my own readers. I’m finding myself everyday. We all are. It’s how we’re built.

  • Interesting you should feel embarrassed at times to blog about your faith. I often feel embarrassed when I delve too deeply into the dark, sinful side of life and leave my faith behind. I think your title captures it well, as Christians, we need to find our voice and not be ashamed of speaking the truth in love, of sharing good news in a world that desperately needs to hear it.

    I only wish I were as skillful as Flannery O’Connor was at so adept at showing a world in need of redemption from the inside-out instead of preaching at it from above.

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