For the past year, Lisa-Jo at The Gypsy Mama has hosted Five Minute Fridays. She gives a one-word prompt and those who link up are to write about that prompt for five minutes with “no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking”. I’ve always been a bit intimidated by the idea, but I always loved reading other’s linked-up posts. So today, on the last Friday of 2011, I decided to jump in. That, in and of itself, is kind of a big deal because my perfectionist nature would want to wait to start with the first Friday of the year. But I’m working on getting rid of unnecessary perfectionism…thus starting now. I have no idea if it’s something that I’ll be able to do every Friday, but it’ll be fun to join when I can. And with no more further ado…here goes five minutes.
It’s funny how God works things. The week that I finally decide to join Five Minute Friday, the prompt coincides directly with something I’ve been musing about. My openness in my writing.
I like to think of myself as a pretty open person. Honesty is huge to me. Yet, in reading some of my blog posts from the past year, I realize that often doesn’t carry over into my blogging. Many of my posts are very informative and helpful, but they’re not very open. They don’t really reveal my heart and what I’m thinking about and dealing with. And when I think about bloggers and posts that I am most encouraged by, they’re the ones that think out loud. They’re not focused on communicating something helpful. They’re just being open and sharing where their heart is at. And I want to be that too.
So, while I hesitate to make any resolution or plan for the next year for my blog, in general I want to strive toward more openness in my writing and posting. Yes, there will still be informative posts and the like, but I want to really start to open my heart and share in the same way that I am encouraged by when others do.