A note from Kat: In light of the Allume Conference this week, we thought it only appropriate to feature one of the Allume team today. Nasreen Fynewever is the Production Manager for the conference. She is an encourager, teacher and “hope chaser.” Read on…
A How They Blog Interview with Nasreen Fynewever
1. Give us a quick intro to you, your family and your blog.
- Born in Bangladesh.
- Adopted from an orphanage and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
- Rollercoaster and tumultuous describe part of the growing up years.
- Married young, turned 21 on the honeymoon.
- Blessed by 10 years of marriage and 3 little boys, ages 5, 4, and 3.
- Moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota in May 2012.
Life has always been a little crazy I’m learning how to accept the rough edges and share my perspectives with a light-spirited and humorous take on it all. Striving to be “Hope Chaser” is the best way to describe my journey!
2. Tell us your blogging story.
This is my first writing blog. I branded myself as a Teacher.Writer.Speaker in August of 2012. In seizing an opportunity to pursue dreams of public speaking and writing in addition to my classroom years, I threw my name to the clouds and looked for intentional ways to build ladders to get to the brand I just created. It started by trying to emulate others, follow a schedule, and write amazing stuff the first run through. It hit a wall.
There was excitement but not fulfillment.
So I switched gears and started to develop a book idea that would address pastors, Bible teachers, and college religion professors and call them to be real. In being vulnerable in my dedication to the education field, the desire for more mentorship, honesty, and conversations across like and diverse groups of people, and discussing with Kinnaman on stage that the church has work but can rise to the task, I met his producer, Jim Henderson.
For me, blogging is sporadically soul bearing rather than my dream of intentional soul reveal and specific motivation that a book could bring about. I serve and champion other bloggers, writers, and speakers because I remain unusually interested in people.The journey into the blogsphere has been fast and fierce, which is a redundant theme in my life right now, but the welcome into relationship with other wonderful bloggers and working for Deidra Riggs of Jumping Tandem and Logan Wolfram of Allume has proven providential, exciting, and a testimony to the power of community.
I blog now occasionally and find that it works well for me and my readers. I blog when it is real. If I can’t, then I don’t. So a year into blogging, I have become a blogger that doesn’t compare, doesn’t check stats everyday, doesn’t create only an online presence: I strive for real, I write like I speak, and I have become be okay with sharing for one or one thousand.
3. What are the intangibles that have helped you succeed?
Guts. Some call it courage. It is not measurable or even identifiable all the time. Watching others model risk of words, risk of self, risk of typos and grammar errors, it has spurred me on.
Support. Friends and a husband who let the words fly even in days my life looks inconsistent with what I write. Friends who cheer with wild abandon right back for each step I take as I cheer for those who need to be championed, heard, motivated, and stories told.
On Social Media and Writing
1. How do you keep social media from running your life? Is it a struggle for you? Any social media management tips?
Sometimes I simply delete the Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram apps from my phone. This prevents me from checking those sites when I am on the go or with other people. Then I just reload them when I am at home!
Social media takes a lot of energy when I feed it. Now I let it go on breaks, sabbaticals, and have become intentional on how I pour into it.
2. What is your writing process? When do you write? How long does it take you to create a post?
I write every day, though I don’t blog every day. It prevent’s writers block and enables self-reflection. I post much less frequently and typically posts that go live are created late at night with the three little boys are sleeping. A post typically takes 20 minutes or less, though writing each day can take 1-2 hours.
3. Do you have a blogging mentor or accountability group (formal or informal)? How have you created and fostered those relationships?
I am honored to be mentored by successful bloggers but ironically, they don’t mentor me in blogging. They model and encourage real life living and utilization of gifts, which often results in a blog post getting published, but they stand by me for the aspiration to write books and speak on stages to the hearts of those who are chasing hope.
4. What is the best blogging advice you have received? (OR) What is the best blogging advice you could give?
The best blogging advice I have received has been shared multiple times the past year: “Keep writing as you,” with the rhythm and force, grace and honesty because readers don’t want easy words.
Q & A with Nasreen Fynewever
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