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Why I’m a Special Needs Blogger
When I attended the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo at the end of March (more on that trip later this week!), I expected a lot of questions about homeschooling and parenting a child with special needs. What I didn’t expect was a lot of questions about blogging, how I became a blogger, how to become a blogger, etc. But I got them anyway, and I answered each one.
I didn’t aspire to be a blogger. For years, although I had a blog my brother had given me for Christmas one year (a free one set up on wordpress.com—a statement of his belief in me and my dreams), I didn’t know what to do with it. For years, I posted one or two sentences about something funny the kids had done or some random thought that popped into my head. I posted no graphics, didn’t use formatting, didn’t share on social media (didn’t use much social media!), nothing. I was trying to go the traditional print route. So I would write some pieces, submit them for publication, wait nine months, get accepted or rejected, and, if accepted, receive about $20 and a free copy of the magazine. It was a long, slow process, and I hated it.
During one of the periods when we were short on funds, I prayed again, begging God to show me how I could help my family from home. One day I very clearly felt Him speak into my spirit, “You can write.” I argued, “Yeah, I’ve already tried that, and you see how well that’s working out for me.” That’s when He dropped it on me, “You can blog. You’ve already got one set up that’s just sitting there.”
So I started blogging. I wrote longer posts (still with no pictures). I wrote weekly devotional posts to inspire and encourage others in their faith. I wrote about everything except what was consuming my thoughts on a daily basis—my younger daughter’s special needs, which were becoming more and more evident. As a result, writer’s block got worse and worse until I couldn’t write anything because I was ignoring the elephant in the room.
Finally, in April 2010, I wrote a confession post in which I shared about my struggles raising a child with special needs (still no graphics 😉 ). Suddenly, I was unblocked. I could write again, and I did. The more I shared about life with my daughter—the surgeries, medical appointments, concerns, and later, the learning challenges and neurodevelopmental issues, the more I became known as a special needs blogger. I wasn’t writing nearly as many faith-based or devotional posts. I was angry. I argued with God again, telling Him I didn’t want to be a special needs blogger. He asked me if I wanted to have a writing ministry. I answered, “Of course!” Then He told me that I had to share what people needed to hear. If I wrote what *I* wanted to write, I wouldn’t be reaching very many people. So, I wrote special needs, and He has blessed me with a writing and speaking ministry beyond what I ever imagined.
The funny thing is, after walking this path for a while, it became obvious to others that I wasn’t just a special needs blogger. I was a Christian special needs blogger. And guess what? I was invited to write posts for some devotional sites that cater to parents of kids with special needs. I’ve come full circle, with a special needs twist.
I guess I said all that to say this: I’m a special needs blogger because that’s what God told me to be. He has a plan and a purpose for me, and I’m going along for the ride!
If you want to take a look at my most popular posts, you can see them listed here.
Want to see some articles I’ve written on other sites? Here are some of my most recent:
- The Process is Painful at Your One Tree
- The Struggle to Surrender at Your One Tree
- The Calm in the Storm at Special Happens
- Travel, Trust, and the Special Needs Parent at Comfort in the Midst of Chaos
- How to Handle Special Needs Homeschool Burnout at A Mama’s Story
How to Blog
I’ve finally learned how to add pictures to my posts. *grin* I also use formatting and headings now too. A lot of bloggers have helped me learn along the way (although the old, embarrassing posts are still up for the world to see, and I haven’t gone back to make them “pretty” yet), including the bloggers of iHomeschool Network. Not only have I learned from them, but they think I have a thing or two to share myself! I have several chapters featured in the owner’s manuals written by bloggers for bloggers (or those who want to blog). They’re called iBlog and iBlog Pro, and from April 7-20, 2014, you can get both books for just $11.99, which is a savings of 25% over the regular price of $7.99 each! If you’ve ever thought about blogging, here’s your chance to learn everything you ever wanted to know! Get the iBlog Bundle today!