Do you ever feel like there are just too many words floating around out there?
Like, everybody has something to say,
and I feel somehow obligated to hear them,
and affirm or
participate with them.
I am enjoying my three hours of solitude this morning.
I start with prayer,
and then decided to try to catch-up on my Reader
because it's been a while,
and it's always staring at me.
There are so many good things to read
and wonderful people to get to know-
I love the internet for this.
But today I am trying to whittle down my subscriptions,
unsubscribe from a few
because I just can't keep up.
But then I feel bad.
I check their stats,
if they don't have many subscribers
I just can't unsubscribe. It feels mean.
Or, if they have, like, tons of subscribers
I think there may be something I'll miss.
So I am asking myself why do I blog?
Why throw more words out there
to just add to the chatter
What is one more opinion?
One more story about my kids
my lack of sleep?
A few more links you don't have time to read?
Is it just self-gratifying?
This is why I blog:
because I need to write. Like, I really need to. Sometimes it's the only way I find any clarity about anything. And, because I cannot speak.
. . . but why write publicly?
I guess because . . .
one, it's fun.
two, it is my way of numbering our days, my personal record of the wild and precious things I do not want to forget.
three, it's connection, and what SAHM couldn't use a little more connection with tall people?
four, it's like my little Annie who
and five because it is my story, and somehow, someway, maybe it is also my service . . . even if no one reads. Even if the only one I am searching and struggling and rejoicing- as authentically as possible- before, is Christ.
In every cell of me there is a belief that life is wild and precious, and I cannot help but write about it. At this time, in this season, this blog is my art- my small voice contributing to the river of words in the world, because "our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth." (Madeleine L'Engle)
This is why I blog, but I am feeling this morning a need to clarify a few blogging principles that I will commit to:
1. I will not blog just because I think I "should" blog. I chucked NaBloPoMo. It just didn't feel sincere. I will try to be careful that what I publish is at least something worth reading.
2. I will not be passive-aggressive. (This applies to any social media). I will try to not ever publish something that in some backdoor way could make anyone feel bad, or that I would not speak aloud to anyone.
3. I will write kind words. I will be honest.
4. I will not allow "things which matter most to be at the mercy of things which matter least." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (found from ebook below:)For anyone really interested in blogging but finding it hard to balance being a mom with time spent on the computer, I highly recommend Rachel's ebook, Simple Blogging. (This is not an affiliate link, not getting paid to say this)
I have never bought an e-book before, but after following Rachel's blog for a couple of years now I expected that this one would be really practical and readable, and it definitely is! It really helped me to clarify why I blog, but it especially has helped me to manage my time online. I found every word of this ebook useful, and I especially loved her resources page. This link is where I learned how to design a banner.