If you are an author, blogger, or any kind of writer for that matter, I’m sure you’ve wanted to write something in your work that might be considered controversial, off-kilter or even downright foolish. Maybe you’ve even wanted to write about something that you knew would completely alienate you from all of your family and friends. My advice to you is not to hold back from writing what is in you to write. Let it out and let the chips fall where they may and I’ll tell you why.
Nestled In My Comfort Zone
I started blogging in 2008 writing little devotionals that God spoke to me and sent them to a small e-mail list of friends. When I say small I mean small, we’re talking maybe 8 people. The devotionals were just what He was teaching me in a time of difficulty.
In 2009, these friends encouraged me to put these devotionals into a book. I did and Made For W.A.R. was born. Long story short – it was not a success. In 2010, I began a free blog on WordPress.Com and continued the same path down my comfort zone – writing what everyone else is saying. I tried several times over the years to change it up and blog on other topics but it would still be what everyone else was saying. The blog remained largely unread.
Writing Unpopular Truths
In October of 2014, I wrote a post about “The Snappening” called Innocence Lost. In it I talked about the moral decay in our nation, the cause of it and who was ultimately responsible. The ultimate blame lay with the parents and the Church as a whole. Suffice it to say this was not a popularly held belief. Taking responsibility never is. However, it was my most popular post at that point with 57 views the first day. For a blog that got maybe 2 or 3 views a day, that’s gold!
Then, in August of 2015 I wrote a post called Homosexual Marriage Is Good For The Church about the controversial Supreme Court decision in June of that year to legalize homosexual unions. As the title states, I believe this was a good thing for the Church. My reasoning was not because I believe in marriage for homosexuals but because I believe it will force the Church as a whole to understand that marriage should have nothing to do with government. I firmly believe we need to move away from giving the State control over it. Again, this was not a popular idea but it was a very popular post with over 45 views that first day.
Then came April of 2016 when I wrote Best Blogs For Those Outside The Religion Box showcasing several bloggers and podcasters that talk about the ‘Dones’ – those who are done with the organized church institution and choose to live a godly life outside of it. In other words, they stopped going to church and started living like the Church. It got very little play the first week – maybe 15 views. The next week a few of the people on the list shared it on Facebook and Twitter and that first day it had 18 views. The next day, it had over 645 views! 161 the day after that and 33 the next day. In all, to-date it has gotten 1,031 views as of the writing of this post and continues to get several views a day.
Write What’s In You
When I began writing the things that I wanted to say but never would because no one else was, my blog and my writing began to get views. I more than doubled my e-mail list with the blog about the ‘Dones’ and greatly increased the views to other posts. I’ve learned that people don’t want to hear what everyone else is saying. It’s just more clutter in a world full of white noise. That’s why it goes unseen. People want to read and talk about what they are thinking but never say. I guarantee you that the things you want to say but hold back are what everyone else is looking for.
One of my favorite quotes is from Marianne Williamson –
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
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