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Guest Post: How I Became a Blogger

Today, I am excited to share with you a guest post from one of the coolest button-pushers I know, Nicole Cottrell! Nicole blogs as Modern Reject and shares all about her life as a Christian. She isn't afraid of tackling any topic and writes about taboo subjects. I am always inspired and challenged with the posts she writes. So without further adieu here's her post...

Have you ever noticed how the things that you are often hesitant or downright resistant to begin are often the things that bring the most joy and fulfillment to your life?

I experienced that with getting married. I wasn’t sure it was for me and yet here I am celebrating 6 years and loving every moment. I was also hesitant to become a mom. I had zero baby experience and was sure I would mess up any kid I might have. And yet, while I’m no super mom, I just had my third child and I couldn’t imagine life without them. 

Well, believe it or not, blogging was much the same thing. I have a problem with participating in things when they are trendy. The TV show Glee or jeggings, for instance, have garnered snickers and sneers from me simply because they are popular. It is snobbish, I know.

So whenever anyone mentioned “blogging” to me, I would roll my eyes and answer with a quick, “No thanks.” My husband had even been hinting that I start a blog for over a year and I continued to ignore his suggestion.

That is, until God hinted at me the very same thing. I often experience that moment when an idea enters my head and it so out of left field, so against my normal tendency or nature, that I know it has to be from God.

Start a blog? Um, heck no. Why would I want to do that when everyone and their mom already has a blog? 

Start a blog. That’s what I kept hearing and so…I did, but not until I set a few requirements.

I knew that if I was going to start writing I really wanted to commit to the process. You see, I lack motivation in most things. I am also perhaps the world’s least persevering person. I grumble, complain, throw my hands up in frustration, and generally just plain quit.

That is until it came to blogging. For some strange reason, I decided that if God were really asking me, nudging me, and convincing me to start a blog, I better do it right and give Him the glory.

So here I am a year and a half later, hopefully doing just that.

And the truth of it is, blogging has created more determination, perseverance, patience, and motivation in me than almost anything (maybe besides my children).

I not only get to write about the things that make me tic, like the intersection of faith and culture, but I have also learned to exalt God in the process. 

More than that, God has unexpectedly and undeservedly blessed me back. When I type out my 500-700 word blog post and think that it won’t affect anyone or mean much, inevitably someone always tells me they are encouraged by what I wrote.

I have had people tell me that the posts I have written about sex and marriage have improved their own. I have had young women tell me they are grateful for my candid honest advice on dating and relationships. And I have had people write just to thank me for writing, because even though they know it is a sacrifice for me, they are blessed. 

And I can sigh and thank the Lord, who so often asks us to do things that seem outside of ourselves—that seem too difficult or too demanding, but the truth is, He knows us so well. He knows what will grow us, challenge us, mature us, and even what will bring us immeasurable joy—whether its trendy or not.

Has God ever called you to do something that you didn't want to do, but turned into a tremendous blessing?

Nicole Cottrell is trained in the fine art of button-pushing. She uses her skills daily on Modern Reject where she writes about the intersection of faith and culture, as well as the unpopular stuff no one else likes to talk about. You can also stalk her on Twitter @ModernReject or on Facebook