Earley minister is a blogging sensationBy Laura McCardle
July 27, 2012
Writing about her experiences as a licensed lay minister saw a mum from Earley named as a finalist in a national blogging competition.
Emma Major, of Allonby Close, reached the final six in the Change category of the 2012 Brilliance in Blogging Awards, which took place in London last month.
Unfortunately LLM Calling, Mrs Major’s account of her life as a minister, mum and charity volunteer, did not claim the top spot, but she was still “pleased” to be nominated and she said the winner was “amazing”.
The 37-year-old started her blog in 2009 as a way to document her training as a lay minister, a role she holds at St Nicolas Church in Sutcliffe Avenue.
But she has now expanded it to include any thoughts she has or anything she thinks could be inspiring to others.
Mrs Major updates it daily and it attracts more than 70,000 readers every month.
She said: “I really thought that reading all my experiences might be of interest to people who are thinking of going into ministering themselves and to encourage people as ordinary as me to do it.
“It’s terrifying because that means all these people are reading those random thoughts, but it is also a real encouragement. It is really humbling.”
Asked what she would say to anyone thinking about writing a blog, she said: “Try it. Just sit down at your computer, you have got nothing to lose, and share what is important in your life because it will touch somebody else, especially when times are hard.
“When I had hard times it was comforting to know other people were going through the same. It helped me cope.”
Mrs Major’s six-year-old daughter Rachel also writes a blog where she reviews films.
To read Mrs Major’s blog, visit http://llmcalling.blogspot.co.uk