Writing a blog takes work. It can also take courage to be the person one really is. I did some searching to find “me”, and this is what I found.
Some of you have followed me a long time here on this blog. Those of you who have done so have my sincere appreciation. Thank you.
Some of you may have simply found a page here or there on this blog and have found that page to be useful to you that day. Maybe that one page answered your question or fulfilled the answer (or answers) to a google search you performed.
I am thankful for those of you who have stopped by at such times as well, and I hope this blog helped in some real way!
While I’ve always enjoyed writing here, and I’ve been with this blog on a fairly consistent basis throughout the last few years, (until a sabbatical these last few months), I’ve also always struggled with this blog’s exact “worth”, its existence maybe even.
WHO should I be speaking to? WHAT did I really want to say here? How personal or educational, how formal or friendly should the words here be?
I actually wrote a blog post here several months ago about new changes, new directions. I knew I did not have an exact handle on where I wanted to go with this blog. I wasn’t even sure if I should keep this blog more general, get more specific, or keep this one general and create other more focused blogs…. kind of like what is called in the online blogging or online marketing word as a “niche market”.
I knew I needed something different than what I had. I needed SOME KIND OF FOCUS.
Not really intending to, I pretty much went quiet here since that one blog post. Oh, I wrote something here and there, but for the most part, I experienced that “waiting on God” time I described in that blog post those few months ago where I called upon the Lord to help me find my new way and spoke about how sometimes God takes His good old time giving us His answer.
(I’m not complaining, Lord… just describing what it seems like to us humans here on earth.) 🙂
So it came to… and comes down to… this….
I believe God answered my pleas for a more focused path forward, but He was not quick in doing so.
One thing we need to remember is that God does NOT always answer questions in the time frame we wish He would! Sometimes He may say “no” to something too.
I wasn’t ready to accept a “no” answer in this case mostly because I wasn’t asking for something I wanted. I was just asking for wisdom and guidance, and I knew somehow, at some point… if I only waited His answer… He would answer such a plea.
So now I’m writing here today, not completely prepared to begin again in full with this blog, but my mind is here, and my heart is here too!
I am preparing to GET into the full swing of things here now.
The Father above has been easing me into the place He would have me to be with writing a blog here.
Those gentle nudges included taking me more recently to the Facebook page connected with this blog.
That Facebook page is located here:
I felt that all-too-familiar Holy Spirit ‘nudge’ to just have some fun writing a Facebook page before going back to writing blog posts.
That seemed simple enough. It didn’t seem threatening. It didn’t feel like some kind of confining move nor one that would stress me out if I didn’t have a specific niche or focus.
After all, Facebook is a place where all sorts of stories and ideas can be shared! So I started posting again on my blog’s Facebook page (the link above).
I’m glad I listened to that nudge too. It was a great writing exercise for me to find my writing voice and also to find my niche for this blog and perhaps other writing to come.
After writing on that Facebook page for about a month now, dedicating just 30 minutes to an hour a day or so for 4 to 5 days a week and writing Facebook posts I had an interest in sharing, I began to realize more and more who I was and what my voice was.
THAT… that VOICE… I determined…. what what I wanted to share on this specific blog website.
I wanted to write a blog website where I could share the little things in life that I learned throughout my years and in the way I think and speak naturally.
And for me… “life” included a lot of different things mostly involving my family and my home.
So, while I may start some niche marketing blogs centered around specific topics and for specific audiences sometime, my first move will be to keep padoozles.com going but with a renewed focus on speaking about the life I have known and have loved.
I believe I have a lot to offer. I think I can offer what I can in a loving and simple voice, just as I believe I have done so with my children throughout the years.
I also want that loving and simple voice to passed on to those who knew me in life long after I leave this life. I would like to have one of the few things I consider one of my best qualities, my wise, encouraging, and faithful voice, to be encapsulated, kept in a sort of time box, for whenever someone wants to whip out my voice and remember it or to draw upon it even if they never knew me.
It kind of gives blogging a new meaning, at least for me, to go about blog writing as a way to preserve something about myself in addition to creating content for a blog.
So… through honoring the leading of the Holy Spirit (for me as of late, that being to just write via a Facebook page, having fun with writing), I have finally enjoyed the answer as to what my new season and new direction should be here on this blog.
My new path will be my real voice, the voice of ME.
Padoozles.com will continue to be somewhat general in nature incorporating posts about the home and family, but it will be my voice sharing the bits of wisdom and learning I have obtained throughout the years where my home and family has been my LIFE.
I will continue with a Christian life view since my faith has always been the foundation of my life, my family, and my home.
I have also decided to unabashedly honor the idea that we are an American home and that I write primarily to families in America.
I hope and pray that by combining the blessings of a life in Jesus Christ with the blessings of life as an American family, I will somehow bless other families of this great nation. That might also provide some blessings to others in other parts of the world who have not been so blessed or have not experienced what I have here.
I still honor and appreciate all of my readers from all other countries. I also appreciate my readers of other faiths who may come here looking for answers to help find a loving answer in their own families. Just realize I am a Christian, and my own voice is going to come from that place in life, and I am an American, and I want to share and celebrate and shareTHAT place in life as well.
You may be seeing some visual changes here soon to go along with my new commitment to this blog. Perhaps you’ll see a name change or a new description. (OK, I just did it, lol.)
You’ll also see the blog writer (me) more willing to let you see my real thinking, my patterns of thought, my interests and values…. my “voice”.
I will also be incorporating more affiliate marketing links throughout, not just because they are helpful in blog writing material, but because I really have fun with marketing products.
You’ll NEVER see this blog as just some selling blog to make money online though.
At the same time, I believe sharing lessons learned, sharing life lived, sharing ideas, and sharing products, gadgets, and gizmos all work well together!
The bottom line here is:
No matter what I’m writing about or sharing on any particular post, you will still always get quality information about LIFE on site… or at least that will be my intention whenever I write to you here on this blog.
And even more foundational than that:
I’ll be sharing life with my voice, some of which the Lord gave me at birth and some of which I have learned and earned throughout the years.
Be forewarned though. When my voice follows my thought processes, you may find me talking about many different things!
But isn’t that what life, families, and homes have anyway… lots of different things?
So, I’m back, and it’s going to be “ME”.
Be prepared for some changes for sure, but also know those changes have been wrapped in prayer and in patience.
I love you through Christ who loves us all, and I pray this blog will be an online connection that will bless many in the months and years to come.
Chris Abercrombie Stevens
Blessed by The New American Home