Many people have asked the purpose of blogging. Some would say that we are a society that will not stop talking. Opinions and comments and advise and rants abound. Guilty.
As I consider the “to blog or not to blog” question, though, a few things come to mind…
First, I have found blogs to be an excellent place to connect in our new global community. So many people from so many continents have profound musings to share! Their creativity and speculations offer thought-provoking insights. I’ve appreciated commenting on other peoples’ blogs as well as interacting with commenters on my blog.
I love to wordsmith. My blog offers constant opportunity to write. I find curiosities and lessons-learned all around me. I feel compelled to describe what the Lord is doing. Hopefully, readers can glean tidbits from the struggles and successes in my journey.
My first post, My Heart’s Tablet, articulates my vision for this Journal of Missional Living. I want it be a place for “etchings on my heart” while walking the humble journey of faith.
Indeed, my blog has allowed me the space to talk outloud … and then be blessed by the insights from readers and commenters.
The scriptures repeatedly tell us to remember what the Lord has done. In ancient times, God’s people built stone altars as reminders of His hand in their lives. Their bookless community also taught children through the rich oral tradition of storytelling.
Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb… (Deut 4:10)
Remember this and never forget how you provoked the Lord your God… (Deut 9:7)
Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles… (1 Chronicles 16:12)
Blogging allows me to easily search and re-read my own journaling. When struggles arise, I can recall how God was faithful…even when his response was not the expected one. Remembering is an important reason I blog. Do consider journaling, either online or with pen and paper!
Never before have people been able to share a message with such enormous potential for impact. With the press of a computer key and the connections through social media, the world can literally read one’s writing.
Nevertheless, reality also shows that the world does not read. As we make new connections with like-minded websurfers, our reading community does indeed grow. Our readers, however, are mostly people already connected through personal contact and friends through social media.
So, go out make new friends! The world is a wide open! Visit blogs to comment. Offer to guest post. Deepen online friendships.
Change the world one word at a time!
As a reader, what prompts you to follow or subscribe to a blog? What encourages you to comment on blogs?
If you are a blogger: why do you blog? What have you learned in your blog journey?
Posted by Sharon R. Hoover
My response to the Faithful Bloggers group writing project… Why Do You Blog?