Why I’m Stepping Back from Blogging

Hello Lovely Ones! Has anyone told you how deeply loved you are today (and everyday!)? Let me be the first:

You are God’s chosen people, HOLY and DEARLY LOVED! (Colossians 3:12)

Today is another day for me to share my heart with you. I’ve immensely enjoyed writing this blog, especially because I get to interact with all of you! I love reading your comments, connecting with other bloggers, and finding a place in the online world of Jesus-followers. But today, I’m sharing why I’m stepping back from all that, and what I’m stepping into. (I’ll give you a hint: it’s Jesus! 😊)

First of all, DON’T WORRY! I am still planning to blog regularly.

I’m just trimming things down. I’ve found time this week to read through Colossians 3 (which has convicted about, like, every area of my life that needs some tidying up) and I need to shift my focus back on things above. 

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”

Colossians 3:1-2, NIV

The wonderful thing about this blog is that it’s Christ-centered to begin with, so you’d think I’m already setting my heart on things above right? Most of the time, absolutely. The rest of the time I’m consumed with the earthly side of blogging: followers, likes, shares, subscribers, etc. Those are good things to focus on, and my blog won’t continue to grow unless I put effort into those things, but Jesus needs to be on the forefront of my heart, not just on the front page of my blog.  I believe God has given me the gift of writing, and I am called to use it to spread His glory. But He has also given me the gift of love, and I am called to treasure that as well. So here’s what I’m doing differently. Jesus needs to be on the forefront of my heart, not just on the front page of my blog. Click To Tweet

1. Setting a blogging schedule.

Usually, I just post whenever I feel like it or have something in mind I feel particularly called to share. By setting a schedule, I can reduce the amount of time I spend running around and have a focused approach to my blogging. The plan is to post once or twice a week, and to schedule other blogging-related tasks around those posts. The goal is to grow this ministry He’s creating without letting my own spiritual walk fall too far down the priority list.

I also have several blogging goals floating around in my head, but my heart being on the page is most important. So I’m toning down the hours of research, keeping myself accountable by recording hours spent working on the blog, and pursuing more specific goals and avenues of growth.

2. Spending more intentional time with Jesus.

All of my blogging content comes from Him, so if I’m not in the Word regularly, I’m not really being honest about what I put on these pages. I often use what I’ve already written in my journal as ideas for what to write on the blog, so spending more time journaling is actually good for the blog too!

I know that I will live my best life when I’m connecting it with Him. I can be a better wife, a better teacher, a better friend, a better daughter, AND a better blogger. I can do everything better when I include Jesus. As well as the Colossians verse I mentioned above, in order to help keep myself accountable, here are a couple verses guiding my way:

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:13, NIV

And whatever you do,whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17, NIV

3. Inviting others into the work God is doing.

There are a lot of incredible people in my life who have a lot of cool things to say. WAY more people than me have the Holy Spirit speaking and the gift of listening and writing. I want to include others on this blog more often, both to expose more unique perspectives and to take some of the load of this newlywed/student teacher (which is quite a bit to balance already!). Let me just take a moment to rant about how some of these cool people.

My mom is literally the strongest, bravest, wisest person I know. She taught me how to write well and how important it is to include Jesus in my life. I would credit her with much of my personal growth (and with the amazing editing skills that helped form the Theme Verse Workbook!). She is an amazing example of clinging to Christ even when the storms are strong. She also writes beautifully and I’ve harbored a secret goal for a few weeks now: get her to write on the blog! I know you would ADORE whatever she has to say, so pray with me that she would be willing to write some of her incredible thoughts here! 😍

Now let me tell you about my husband. Man, I am a deeply blessed wife. He is the kindest, most caring, most patient, most thoughtful man I have ever known. We often joke about how his incredible patience sort of balances my struggle with it (which isn’t really that funny because he always has to deal with his short-fuse wife–sorry, babe 😬). He ALSO has wonderful things to say, and I think I’ve just about convinced him to start writing more too.

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So what do you think?

I would love to hear your thoughts about the shift, especially if you’ve gone through something similar. I would also love to hear your ideas about what you’d like to see on the blog this year! What are your questions, struggles, or areas of need? Comment below with your thoughts or message me directly at susannah@wearethelovelyones.com. I’m always available. 😊

Yours,

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Author: Susannah Judd

Hello, my lovelies! I am the author and owner of wearethelovelyones.com. I am so excited to share in this journey through life and faith with you! One of my favorite things we are called to as believers is sharing life together. I also love cookies of any kind, my darling husband Caleb, and of course, Jesus himself. Check out my “About Me” page for more. 😉

8 thoughts on “Why I’m Stepping Back from Blogging”

  1. I love that you are planning a more intentional approach to your time with God and your time working on your blog. I think that can only be beneficial in both areas – I know my quiet time is so much deeper when I approach it with that mindset. Good for you!!

  2. I am a new follower of yours, and I must admit, when I clicked on this post (this is the first one of yours I’ve read so far) and saw that you wouldn’t be blogging as much, I became sad. I hate to see that anyone who loves to blog, especially when they’re blogging about the Lord, to take off. However, because you’re doing so to spend more time in His word, and strengthen your relationship with Him, fills me with immense joy. God has given you a talent and while you’re taking full advantage of it, you’re not forgetting who is was that gave you said talent, and that is incredible. I pray that your blogging journey continues on, and that the time you spend with God stays in the forefront of your life 💗

    1. Thank you Tatyana! So glad you’ve stumbled across my little blog. 🙂 What’s awesome is that with my new focus on putting Jesus first and limiting the time I spend haphazardly creating content to blog, I’ll actually be post MORE content, and MORE frequently, but with less wasted time in between. I’m hoping this will produce better quality content that continues to reflect His glory. Thank you for your thoughtful comments!

  3. I took most of December off for many of the same reasons. I pray I will be better at life after taking the time off. I’ll pray for you as well.

  4. This is so sweet Susannah! I love how you are prioritizing Jesus first and I know He is going to shine His glory bright through your Blog this year! So sweet that you will be including your momma and hubby too! XOXO Donna

  5. Hi Susannah, Thanks for sharing about your new focus. It’s going to make everything fall in place! And much easier w/ the scheduling! I look forward to hearing from hubby and Mom. I found you on SundayLinkup

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