Just in case you were curious…
Why do you write?
I kind of “fell into” writing in 2013 (you can read about that here and here). I have kept on writing for three reasons: 1) It’s fun – writing (and reading comments) feels like great conversation, and helps me process things I”m thinking. 2) I feel a sense of calling to it – I believe God opened the door for me to write, and as long as I feel the door still being held open, I’ll keep doing it, and 3) People say they find it helpful. I am very encouraged to think that someone I have to say could be enjoyable, encouraging and add value to others.
When do you find time to read?
I steal time. I steal it in the morning. I carry a book when I remember. I bookmark articles on my phone. And, when I’m not too wrapped up in social media or a new netflix series, reading is my favorite way to end the day. Sometimes I read a lot. Sometimes it’s months between books. But I love it when I get to do it.
When do you write?
I steal it 🙂 And increasingly, I try to make an evening hour or two to write. I have my small kids at home all day: they don’t nap and they don’t go to preschool – so often writing is hit and miss.
I like your “Ask me anything” advice column. Do you ever make the questions up?
No. All the questions in the “Ask Bronwyn” series are real questions I received by email, Facebook message or in person. I often edit them for length and to preserve anonymity – but the question itself is always borne from a real reader.
There are a lot of ways to follow your blog. What’s the best way?
The best way to follow this blog is by email subscribing. However, I’m also on various social media streams and post things there, but those often get lost in the stream. I don’t always post the articles I write elsewhere on this blog – but I will always link to them in the Pick of the Clicks roundup. So probably the best way is to follow by email for blog content, and then follow on Facebook and/or Pinterest and/or Twitter for the rest.
Do you make money from your writing?
No. This is a volunteer ministry and hobby for me. I have recently switched my blog around a bit so that there are some ads. I don’t get enough traffic for this to be a money-making blog, but hopefully it will make enough to cover the costs of running a blog (so that my hobby doesn’t become too expensive). So, if you want to support me and my writing and don’t want to write me a personal check – click on an ad sometime, won’t you? I think I’ll get 1c out of it 🙂
Are you going to write a book?
I don’t have a topic or the time to write a book right now. But who knows what the future holds? If you’d asked me 2 years ago whether I would ever write a blog or write articles online, I would have laughed. So even though writing a book seems unlikely now, perhaps I shouldn’t laugh and should say instead: “heaven only knows.” If that door opens, we’ll see.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
There is a particular joy in coming to a particular clarity about something while writing, or in finding exactly the right word for what I wanted to say. However, I think my most favorite thing about writing is hearing from readers that the words in this space added value to their lives: whenever someone shares or pins something I wrote, leaves a comment, or sends me an email saying something touched them – I am very encouraged. I love hearing from readers!
Thanks for reading, friends!