My blogging journey started in May, 2012. I had been pondering the thought of blogging for several months but at this particular time the thought was strong. Me and wife (My wife’s name is Nicole but I call her wife. One day I will share why, but as for now, lets just say it’s spiritual) had just gotten married the month before.
I was on a high that no internal battle I was experiencing could had stopped me. I believe that’s where I got the courage to walk through it, but mostly I believe it was part of God’s will for me. I say that because I didn’t know anything about blogging and I didn’t know anything about proper grammar either. But God placed certain people on this journey to inspire me and encourage me to keep on going.
We all can remember the first person who followed us or commented first on our blog. I know I can. Her name is Suzanne and she writes with love at Share the Spiritual.
I was new to blogging and God knew I would need to feel welcome and loved in order to stay. That’s what He did for me with Share the Spiritual; He loved on me. Through Suzanne’s enlighten writing I became more aware of myself and grew up spiritually. Thanks Suzanne.
Recovery is my life. First it’s God then it’s recovery. Blogging would be no different. The second person God placed on my path was Heather. From her blog Sober Boots I learned to embrace and share my recovery with a broader audience.
I understand that everyone is recovering from something and I learned to share my recovery from Heather. Her writing helped me understand I don’t know who my blog may reach and help so I must share my experience. If you want to learn more about recovery and addiction from a recovering addict’s experience. I suggest you go over to Sober Boots.
Then there came a time I hit a dark spot with blogging. I had lost the fire I had when I first started. I began to doubt myself. I was writing and wasn’t getting comments or followers. It seemed the blogosphere was keeping me out. I had prepared to quit.
With my white flag in hand and ready to surrender, I came across a post that spoke to my wounded spirit at Empowerment Moments Blog. In that post Yvonne wrote about everything I was going through. She talked about the self doubts I was having and how blogging is like a clique where newcomers aren’t always welcome.
I couldn’t fight back my tears because I knew God was still with me. I share with wife (Nicole) all the time that if it wasn’t for God working through Yvonne I wouldn’t be blogging today. Go check her out and be empowered!
God knew I would need a teacher to help me get a better understanding of Bible scriptures, so He blessed me with an online mentor; Dr. Shermaine Y. Sanders. Her blog SYS Ministries, Inc. teaches her readers how to take biblical stories and scriptures and see the similarities in their lives. It has taught me how to study the Bible by forcing me to ask myself questions along the way. Because of her in-depth teaching I have a better insight of what I’m studying.
Finally there was a man. An Opinionated Man. A man who every time he posts something you don’t know what to expect. But one things for certain it’s going to be harsh and real.
He [OM] got my attention with his post “Why I don’t care for Martin Luther King Day.” After that I kept going back for more. I was attracted to how authentic his posts were. Don’t be fooled by the names Opinionated Man and Harsh Reality because this guy has a giving heart.
If you’re new to blogging go follow him. Why? Because he loves sending followers to your blog via. reblog. What I learned from OM is to be myself, have fun and reach out to new bloggers. Because of him I’m on fire for blogging like I never had been before.
At first I didn’t know what God had in mind when He started me on this blogging journey. Now I know He placed people in my path to remind me that He wants to guide and be in control of all areas of my life and that includes blogging.