When I first started blogging, it was because I enjoyed writing and it was a way for me to sort of record my life and experiences. Like any new thing, I started with a lot of enthusiasm and dreams. I had a ton of ideas and I was actively looking to grow my blog. I set goals, blogged regularly and read up on almost every article I could find on growing my blog.
Fast forward to seven months down the line, my enthusiasm had died. Writers’ block hit, school became intense, laziness and complacency set in. It was a struggle to keep writing. My goals and dreams vanished, and blogging became a vague hobby. I no longer had plans to grow my blog, I was just writing so it would not become another abandoned project (I have a ton of that).
Now, it’s my favourite season of the year and I have some free time at hand, my blogging dreams have been reignited. Writers’ block has cleared, I’m bursting with a thousand ideas. I want to take blogging quite seriously. I want to be more deliberate with it and upload meaningful posts.
As I was thinking about all my plans, something struck me, and I think this would encourage someone out there. The start of a thing is filled with a lot of hype, and so is the end. But the middle is where the real work lies. It’s easy to quit, especially when you no longer feel motivated. I’ve seen many people abandon fantastic projects, because the middle got tough. I don’t know what they expected but I want you to know that quitting is not the solution. It’s the coward’s way out. The past eight months for me haven’t been the easiest as regards blogging. I’ve struggled so many times with what to write. I’ve even lost hope that blogging will work out for me. But, somehow I refused to quit. Even if the posts weren’t the best, I’d still keep writing. I want to be a writer someday. Resilience and consistency are attributes I must have.
My encouragement to you is in Proverbs 24:10 (NLT)
If you fail under pressure, your strength is not very great.
God gives an endless supply of strength, therefore you should not quit. Press on beloved, no matter how difficult it may seem. Eventually, it will become easier. Whatever you’ve started, let your hands finish. You have the grace of a finisher, God says so.
The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundations of this house; his hands shall also finish it. Then you shall know (recognize and understand) that the Lord of hosts has sent me [His messenger] to you. Zechariah 4:9 (AMP)
I challenge you today to stay at your project, even if it feels like you aren’t doing enough. I believe God will bless your efforts!