So it is ridiculously late at night while I am writing this, but I just got off of the phone with a friend and I am practically about to explode with excitement!
What is so exciting, you may be asking?
Well, I am embarking on a new project! As I am sure you all know by now, part of the big goal with this blog is to share my own experience as a convert to Islam, and in doing so try to provide some resources and support for other converts.
But just blogging about the things that happen to me on a day to day basis doesn’t really accomplish the full scope of what I would like to do.
So just today, I called up a friend who used to work in convert support for a little chat about how I could further extend my reach and really get to helping the people I am looking to help.
My ideas are still in their very fragile, early stages, but what I am considering right now is a website where converts can find basically a hub of support and resources. Think my resources page, but a lot more, a lot more organised, and less personal stories from me.
This page would also include a mentoring program, to provide that one on one support that is so crucial in the early stages (though the logistics of that are something that is definitely in the works!) Ideally I would love to be able to have a new convert get in touch, and then match them up with a mentor either close to home wherever they are, or even someone that could spend some time with them via Skype or email.
Right now, though, I need your help. Any converts out there reading this post, I would appreciate it so much if you could fill in the little poll at the bottom of this post and let me know what the most difficult thing was for you in the first six months after you converted.
I want to make sure that I am hearing from you, so that I can know how best to serve you. I don’t want to be providing support around things that aren’t even issues, and leaving big holes where the real problems are.
Also, it would be so, so helpful if you all could subscribe to the blog (that way you get to read all the new stuff I am posting here while this project is in the works) and whenever you find a post extra-helpful or relatable, please do share it with your friends!
I can’t wait to see your answers, and how this all begins to take shape, God willing. I will be sure to keep you updated as I go!