“The transition to a new season cannot be complete until we let go of the old one.”
-Trina Holden in “You know those things called seasons?“
As a farmer’s wife, I am more than just aware of the seasons: my life is organized by their ebb and flow. My friends laugh when I talk about the weather, but its forecast is an important part of every day on the farm.
Yet even though I’m so tuned in to the seasons in one are of my life, I sometimes forget to apply the principle of times and seasons to other areas of my life — like blogging and social media. But when I take time to slow down and examine my priorities, I remember my “whys”.
Why don’t I try to use every social media network all the time? Because in trying to be everywhere, I am nowhere. Social media loses its social aspect when I spread myself too thin. (I talked about this on Allume last month in “How to Handle the Social Media Egg Basket“.)
Why do I spend my extra hours coding websites and consulting about social media? Because I am passionate about helping others enjoy social media. Emails about code and layouts quickly turn into sharing life stories and prayer requests. And just like that, clients become friends.
Why do I love social media? Because the purpose of social media is to build relationships. That is what allows me to slow down and enjoy the conversations when I have a moment instead of worrying about optimization and reach all the time. (Click here to read my post on Allume today: “3 Truths About Social Media“.)
Why do I try to be intentional about hanging out with other writers of other niches and genres? Each of us is answering the call to write in a different way, but we all have a lot we can learn from each other. (Check out my post at the Inland NW Christian Writers Blog: “4 Things Bloggers Can Learn from Authors“.)
Why is it either feast or famine when it comes to my writing? Because like everything else in my life, the words come and go with the seasons. But no matter the season, I am a writer. (Don’t miss my friend Kristen’s post at Allume: “I’m a Writer“.)
“Making space in these shifting seasons requires grace. It means having open hands with the way I spend my time, allowing God to direct those priorities and activities as He sees fit.”
-Emily from Primitive Roads in “The Seasonal Side of Blogging“