A Beautiful Gift
It was the the most nerve-wracking hour of my weekend at the Allume Conference. I was ridiculously nervous about my session talk. While I’d done a good bit of speaking, I’d never spoken in front of my blogging peers before. I wanted to do my best and make it worth their time.
So I sat at lunch, picking at my food. My nervous stomach not very interested. Then, someone tapped me on the shoulder.
“Hi, I’m from ibloom, one of the conference sponsors. We looked at each of the speaker’s sites, prayed and created a piece of art just for you.”
The thoughtfulness and effort of the gesture caught me by surprise. I hugged her, said a profuse thank you and sat down to look at it. A beautiful painting. A lovely quote.
Wait. Did I read that right?
Did they mean it like that…? They did.
If you know my story, you can imagine how powerful this was for me.
Never underestimate the power and impact of a thoughtful act.
10 Blogging Tips
I’m sure my mascara was smeared as I spoke during my session, “Blogging as a Ministry: How To Change The World During Naptime.” – partially because of the beautiful painting I’d just received that ministered to my soul and partly because I was just plain fired up. Also, very, very nervous.
My exceedingly beautiful friends Cherie, Sandra and Ruth gathered around me and prayed for me as I tried figure out some last minute technical issues.
3….2….1…. “Hi, my name is Kat…”
Once I stood before them and got going, I *loved* it.
Here are a few tips I thought of later that I wish I’d included. If you’re trying to balance blogging and children, I hope these help you:
- Weekly Work Time – A key for me when my kids were little was having an early Saturday work time where I got a few solid hours of work done. I sequestered myself from about 5am – 10am. The early start make it much easier for my husband.
- Simplicity. Do as little as possible as well as possible.
- Plan, plan, plan. You’ll be so much more effective with your time if you take a few minutes to plan each week.
- Schedule, schedule, schedule. Schedule all your posts for each week and some of your social media content as well so that you don’t need to be online all the time. Because we don’t need to be online all the time.
- Remember that our blogging is the interruption, not our children.
- Pray, pray, pray.
- Keep posts concise.
- Remember there are seasons. When you are in a easier season, work hard so that you won’t feel overwhelmed when a crazy season hits.
- Sleep. It might seem like a good idea to lose sleep, but when we do that we rob tomorrow of it’s joy.
- Serve best those who need you most. Our children have one mom. Anyone can be a blogger.
The highlight of the whole event, for me, was the HelloMornings MeetUp. It was so amazing to see everyone in 3D and worship TOGETHER. Also? Lara Williams can preeeeach. I’m so thankful for Katie and the HelloMornings Team for all they have done for these women.