Let me start off and just be real honest for a minute… I love to write, but I have tried to avoid writing a blog FOR YEARS! If I had a dollar for every time someone suggested that I write a blog, well I would probably only have like twenty dollars. BUT I knew they were right, so the idea seemed to just resound in my mind.
So, here I am, trying to write a blog. Which leads me to how I figure out most things I don’t know how to do… Google. I tell people all the time I am an expert Googler. I read more how to blogs and articles than I should probably admit to.
You see, this all began when I was teaching middle school. I truly adopted the “work smarter, not harder” philosophy of Googling. If I needed a new spreadsheet to analyze data or questions and activities to go with our latest topic, why would I make one entirely from scratch when I could find one already made and tweak it to be my own? Hmm, maybe that’s plagiarism… but to me, trying to balance being a wife, mother and teacher, it didn’t make sense not to take all the help I could get.
When I had my first baby and needed to learn how to breastfeed and be a mom, you better believe I Googled and read everything I could get my hands on. I love to find unexpected tidbits of information and knowledge that I can use and share with others.
Googling (I realize I have used versions of this term several times and it’s probably not even a real word) even showed me how to write this blog. I currently have a list pulled up on my screen of 57 1st blog post ideas that I perused until I got some kind of spark to start my writing. (thank you iwannabeablogger.com)
This leads me to my point. I’m supposed to make some kind of point, right?
When I was pregnant the second time around, I went Googling trying to find a book or app to show me how to pray for my baby’s development each week. I was quite surprised to find there wasn’t already something out there that could direct me in praying through each step of my pregnancy.
That’s when God, and I say God because I certainly didn’t have time in the natural to do anything else, gave me the idea to write an app that would give new moms, and myself, the weekly developments, a weekly scripture and prayers for each day of pregnancy.
I set the goal to write the prayers as I was walking through my own pregnancy. If I couldn’t find the prayers already written, then I would just have to write them myself. I honestly didn’t know when I started this if I would actually see the app through or not. How in the world would I have time to do that with a newborn, a four year old and a full time teaching job???
But, I actually, and kind of shockingly, did push through and saw the app to completion. Then, of course, as soon as the app was up and running, I felt like it needed a companion. The app needed a workbook to go with it. Your one stop shop pregnancy book.
So then, you guessed it, I went back to Googling to try and figure out how to write a book.
I guess the actual point I’m trying to make here is, don’t let your lack of knowledge stop you from doing something you feel called to do. I completely understand feeling like you are supposed to accomplish a daunting task and you have no clue where to begin. BUT, I highly encourage you to take it one step at a time. Start researching what you want to do. If it’s too intimidating to read an entire book about it, start with a blog or a short article online. Before you know it, you’ll have all the information you need to get the job done.
You can do it! You can accomplish what you set out to do!
Get out there and get your Google on! LOL I swear I am not being paid as a spokesperson for Google.