Thursday, July 31, 2014
Thoughts On Blogging
One of my closest friends has recently become more serious about blogging. Up until now, I had a few "in real life" friends with blogs, but not really so much that we talked about it beyond liking a few posts here and there. This new development has seen us talking about blogging quite a bit - and has given me reason to think a little bit more deeply about what, exactly, it is that I'm doing here. My friend asks lots of questions and that gives me an opportunity to really sink in and ask myself - well, what type of blogger am I? Why do I write what I write, what is my purpose in this space?
I'm always quite impressed with people who seem to know exactly what they want their blog to look like from day one. They know what they want to write about, what sort of things they will participate in and promote and how they want to come across. It's been I don't know how long since I started this blog, and I still find myself unsure as to what it's for, anyway.
After chatting with my friend for a bit yesterday, a thought loomed and I was unable to shake it. Maybe it's time to quit blogging.
The truth is, I love to write - and that is largely the reason I've kept this up as long as I have. While some blogs are almost more like social media, or giveaways, or clickbait - I've just wanted a place to write, maybe post a few pictures, keep track of our days. I will admit there is instant gratification to blogging. I click publish, and it's done. I don't have to wait to hear back from magazines that will likely reject my work. I can put it right out there and almost immediately receive feedback. It's a bit addicting. But it's not the answer.
I'm not really sure what the answer is, honestly. I like to write but posting here uses up the only free time I have - so I'm unable to write elsewhere. Blogging keeps bringing me back to writing, and I'm afraid if that incentive was gone, I just...wouldn't. Writing here gives me the opportunity to put something out there to bless others. From my little place here with all these babies, I feel like maybe something I say can help someone. And I love that part of it. But, for one reason or another, I feel...stalled. In need of a new vision.
While these thoughts and questions aren't exactly fun to filter through, I'm grateful that they were spurred by such a close friend - and whatever I decide going forward will come from a place of intention.
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