I recently discovered something called Linkups in the blogosphere. This is when one blogger invites other bloggers to post their own blogs on the first blogger's website.
My first thought was, "Why would you want to promote other bloggers?"
Boy did I have a lot to learn.
It's not a competition. It's about networking, encouraging and helping. Sharing our stories with other like-minded individuals. Learning from those further along and offering a helping hand to those (like myself) who are just learning.
When you see the links at the bottom of my post...those are the linkups that I've shared on. If you click on those links, you'll find a host of other blogs, many of which might be useful or encouraging to you. We comment on each others' blogs. We follow each other. We might even subscribe to someone's blog if we really like it. That's how you build your blog...through promoting others.
But back to the book thing...
It seemed like just about every blog I visited had beautiful pictures and pages and...well, books! Everyone seems to have written a book. Granted, self-publishing has made that easier to do. Not everyone has an agent or a book deal out there.
So why was I griping? Why was I...oh, dare I say it...ugh...JEALOUS?
Yes, that is exactly what I was. Why does that person have a book and I don't?
Because they wrote one and you didn't.
Why do they get to stay home and write and I have to work?
You don't know their situation, circumstances or struggles. But you have a job that allows you to write during down time.
Someone recently told me, "You can't have bad writing if you don't have anything written."
I have wanted to write a book my whole life. The topics come and go. "The Book" was always more of an idea than a project. It's more romantic that way.
So I finally buckled down and started writing one...or three. That's the problem. There are only so many burners on the stove, and I have to juggle the pots to see which one I want to cook.
If I don't write, it won't get written.
Maybe it's not so much jealousy, but an envy that these people have more discipline than I do. Or more time. Or more structure. Or more...whatever.
Maybe it's not really about those other people at all.
When I said, "Everybody's got a book!" it was with a bit of contempt...not toward them, but toward myself.
I somehow believe that I'm not good enough, smart enough, polished enough, disciplined enough, known enough, educated enough, experienced enough...the list goes on. (But I routinely encourage others with the direct opposite!)
So I just don't bother. It's easier to keep it romanticized in my head. But the problem is, all that stuff in my head needs to get on paper. It's begging to be written.
I look at the pictures of these women on their web/blogsites. They're regular gals, like me. So they wrote a book. So, why don't you buy it? Read it. Promote it. Be happy for their success. Learn from them.
There is no deadline for my book(s). I put pressure on myself. And when I think I can't meet my own expectations, I quit. It's easier not to write it. I have a habit of quitting when things get too hard.
And the cycle begins again.
But here's the most important thing...
I can't do any of this unless God gives it to me.
Gives me the inspiration. Gives me the ability to write. Gives me the time. Gives me the discipline and the structure and the how-to. Gives me the strength to stand up to the enemy when he tells me all those lies that I'm not________ enough.
It doesn't matter that I don't have an impressive bio or that I have 25 blog followers and not 25,000. It doesn't matter that I don't have the degree which (in my mind) qualifies me to write a book on any certain subject matter. God doesn't look at all of that.
God looks at my heart. My character. My desire. My authenticity.
All I need to do is write. If I delight myself in Him, He will give me the desires of my heart (Ps 37:4). God will promote me in His time.
What promotion are you waiting on God for?
Are you doing your part? Are you jealous of someone else's success? Let's examine our hearts today. Let's promote someone else today.
Please visit these wonderful women's sites who so graciously allow me, and other bloggers to linkup on their sites (partial list; I'm still discovering!):
Mondays: Monday Musings, Playdates With God
Tuesdays: Testimony Tuesday
Wednesdays: Wholehearted Wednesday, Word-Filled Wednesday
Thursdays: Thought-Provoking Thursdays, Thriving Thursdays
Fridays: Faith-Filled Fridays, Essential Fridays, Blessing Counters
Sundays: Sunday Stillness, The Weekend Brew
Please also note that if the link doesn't work, it may be because that "linkup" is closed (refreshes each week). Type the Name in your browser and hopefully that will work.
Blessings Along the Path,