Tony Miltenberger is a husband, father, and follower of Christ. He is currently serving as the lead pastor at Restoration Church Centerville, ohio.

Three Years of Blogging: The Most Important Lesson I’ve Learned

This week is always a weird week for me. The celebration of the birth of this blog is something I could have never imagined. Three years ago I set out to blog on a consistent basis, and I still could not have ever dreamed it would have this much impact.

Honestly, when I started writing, I wrote to change the world. I wanted to share what I was learning, and I wanted to try to become a writer. I thought, in my naiveté I suppose, that if I blogged and people liked it I would become a writer.

I thought that if people signed up, shared, or liked the blog then my dream of becoming a writer would be validated and it would be a platform that I could use to help people see Christ in the world.

Somewhere between years two and three of blogging I learned something, probably the most important thing I’ve ever learned from this blog: What makes a writer is someone who writes.

Yup, mind blowing thought, right? I know that it doesn’t sound very profound, but when I fully engaged in this idea my thought process about why I do this blog drastically shifted. When I wrestled with all of this, I learned that I’m a writer because I write. Or, stated another way:

No one’s liking or not liking my writing does not change the fact I’m a writer.

Now there are good writers, bad writers, famous writers, and infamous writers – but the truth remains the same: A writer is simply someone who is committed to writing.

What blogging for three years has taught me is that a commitment to a task is what “makes” you something. It isn’t other people’s opinions; it isn’t even if you are good at it. Rather it is the thought that no matter what happens you are committed to doing it.

Want to be a runner? You need to run.

Want to be a leader? Put yourself in leadership positions.

Want to be in ministry? Minister to people.

The most important lesson I’ve learned from three years of consistent blogging is that I am a writer because I write.

What other people think of that??? Well, that’s none of my business. 

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