Five Minute Friday: Risk

For those of you unfamiliar with Lisa-Jo’s Five Minute Friday, the whole idea is to “Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.”

That’s harder than it sounds, folks. In this perfectionist world, where the grass is always greener on the other side – it’s hard to write for pure love of the words. But it’s totally worth it. And so today, we’re writing about…



Blogging is risky stuff. It takes guts to put yourself out there, to share your deepest heart and most honest opinion with the world. It takes courage to be vulnerable, to open yourself up to criticism or – even worse – to being ignored.

But we take the risk. We risk being unheard for the sake of sharing our hearts. We risk being criticized for the sake of speaking truth.

It’s a hard thing, being vulnerable.

It’s even harder when we start comparing ourselves: Oh, there’s miss big name’s blog… I write just as good stuff, why don’t they follow me?

Oh, sure, miss fancy pants over there can afford to put all this money into her blog. No wonder everybody follows her.

There’s always someone greater. There’s always someone with a bigger following. Always someone more well-known in our circles (or our wanna-be-circles).

But you know what? As many big name blogs as there are – there’s always a smaller blog than you.

There’s always someone who’s feeling more vulnerable, who’s less in the reward stage and more in the risk stage.

Don’t you think they struggle? Don’t they need encouragement, maybe even more than you?

What if we didn’t compare ourselves? We ought to band together, us bloggers. We ought to be praying together, lifting each other up, encouraging each other.

Not playing one-upsmanship. Not feeling inferior.

Because nothing is small in God’s eyes.

And everyone needs a helping hand, a little encouragement on their way. And that’s not risky at all.


For more on the idea of bloggers banding together, check out this great article from Allume. And this one from Blogging with Amy.

And to share your own five minutes on today’s topic, click over here!


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15 thoughts on “Five Minute Friday: Risk

  1. Amen and amen! So, so true. Reminds me of Joy’s message on Sisterhood at Relevant. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I enjoyed your take on the word as well.

  2. Oh, I love this! That quote “Don’t let comparison steal your joy” is definitely applicable to blogging…especially if we replace “joy” with “words”. 🙂

    Keep writing! 🙂

    1. Great application of that quote! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Elizabeth, I loved this post! I love how you turned from your struggle with risk and size to focus on others who may need encouragement. I’m sharing it with my mastermind group. 🙂

    I really relate to the risk of ‘being unheard’. Thank you for identifying that for me.

    I like what Michael Hyatt wrote in “Platform” – he admits that he blogs for himself–“I blog in order to clarify my thinking and archive my best ideas…It shouldn’t make any difference whether you have ten readers or one hundred thousand. Dawson Trotman, the founder of the Navigators, had it right decades ago when he said, ‘Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and fingertips.’ If you are writing, you are achieving greater clarity about your life, your work, and what matters most. That’s enough. And more than most people have.”

    Sorry to get long winded! But that was my favorite part of the book (so far!) and I thought you’d appreciate it. 🙂

    Cheers! Keep writing! –Trina

    1. Yes, I can totally relate to that quote! Thanks for sharing – and for stopping by! 🙂

  4. This was just what I needed to hear in my own tiny blogging world!

    1. Thanks! Lovely pictures on your blog 🙂

  5. Oh, how I hear you! I have quote that is floating around my house (currently on my bathroom mirror 🙂 ) that says, “In vulnerability there is true fulfillment.”

    May we all learn to be more vulnerable.

    1. Thought-provoking quote. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wonderful thoughts! I needed to read that today (and most any day that I blog!).

    Love reading everyone else’s thoughts too.


    1. Me too! I have it posted on my computer. Thanks for visiting!

  7. Comparison can rob us of so many pleasures in our life, if we let it. Loved your post, and the reminder that there is always someone struggling more than us.

    1. So true, Jess! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  8. Well said. Thank you for sharing your heart.

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