I have some cards that I’ve made to share, but I’m having technical difficulties, so I’m going to write out what has been on my heart for a while today. This blog post has been in my head and heart for well over a year, even when I did have a previous blog.
Why Did I Not Blog For a Year…
I have for a long time had an aversion to reading many blogs. There are many reasons, all of which I don’t want to repeat myself, so I not only didn’t read but a few select blogs, I also didn’t write a blog.
Without being in a particular order, here is my list of why I avoid most blogs, and why I took a blog hiatus myself.
Most blogs don’t go through an editorial process
This is probably the most trivial aspect of it. I have never once claimed to be a master of the English language, either written or spoken. I know that I will make grammatical errors. I’m a human, I’m imperfect. The way people respond to mistakes rarely sits well with me. I was an office manager in a newspaper and print shop. Even having an editorial staff, spelling errors still made their way to print. In the print shop, proofs would often be seen by 5 sets of eyes and still go to press with a spelling error. If mistakes can get through that many sets of eyes, how much more likely are they when the person writing is also the person proofreading. When I’m proofreading my own work, I see what I intended to write, not always what is actually there. Additionally, I have so much stuff shoved into my brain, I don’t always have room to remember things like the oxford comma. I make mistakes! Other writers make mistakes! It’s part of being human. So, be cautious in attacking other’s intelligence in this regard, and if you do, you’d best make sure you never make a mistake yourself!
In addition to this, sometimes ideas are just plain bad ideas. When I worked at the newspaper, many potential story ideas were rejected by the editor before even given the chance to be written. Not all ideas are worthy of development. Thomas Edison and the light bulb, you bet. 27 ways to use toilet paper on a scrapbook page? Yeah, not really necessary. Now, any trip through the dollar store will reveal that the editorial process obviously does not catch all bad ideas, but it certainly reduces them.
The editorial process also helps to refine ideas. It provides accountability to the author regarding the content of the post. An editor working with integrity would not allow intentional lies to pass through. The editor can send a piece back saying it needs more clarification or development of an idea. This accountability does not have to necessarily come via an editor, but I find it to be lacking in the world of many bloggers. Many blogs are owner operated and there is no accountability to what is being said. Yes, some will make retractions, but I’ve seen much more commonly bloggers become belligerent when challenged rather than allowing themselves to learn something. This continues into my next point.
Many bloggers are self-appointed-experts
Please remember that these are statements in general, and yes, there will be exceptions, as few statements except for all humans will die, and all humans are sinful are completely all inclusive.
It’s been my observation that many bloggers begin blogging about one thing in which they do know a lot. That is the basis of their blog, which is fine. However, many in a desire to continue to come up with new content expand their subject matter. They become the self appointed experts on whatever they write about. It’s rare that I see a blogger say “I don’t know about this.” Well, that’s not completely true, I have seen it done in the context of “I don’t know much about doing this, but here is what I would do anyway.” See, they admit they aren’t the expert, but yet they also say they are the expert anyway. That’s the rub. Pride becomes the motivator in acting as if they know when they really may not.
Blogging is time consuming, so it is often monetized
Been there, done that. I know blogging is very time consuming. I certainly understand the desire to monetize a blog either by advertising, writing a book or hocking stuff. In order to justify the amount of time spent blogging, it’s easy to feel that we must be compensated for it. However, it’s very hard to sell yourself or a product and not sell yourself and your message in the process.
For that reason, I do not want to monetize. Which means sometimes, I won’t blog. If I don’t have time, I won’t blog. God and my family always come first.
Additionally, once monetized, in order to continue to maintain and grow your readership, one must continue to push the boundaries. Continue to come up with edgy and interesting content.
I’m not like that. If that’s what you want, you probably won’t enjoy reading my blog. I’m consistent and predictable. Call it a fault. LOL. I also am by the book, both in Scripture and in life. I don’t need to reinterpret the Bible to fit to my ideas. Rather, I must conform my ideas to fit to Scripture.
Too big for one’s britches
This one, I’m speaking mostly of myself. I know myself and I know the pride that I can act in if I don’t continually repent and discipline myself. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of desiring to be liked, and often by many. I know I am just another sinful human being. Nothing about me is inherently good or fabulous. I don’t need to have myself glorified, for one thing, I most certainly don’t deserve it, and secondly, my pride doesn’t need to be inflamed. I don’t need to be thinking I’m better than I am. Please don’t get me wrong here, I’m not saying this in a tone that could be considered low-self esteem by our post-modern society. Not at all. My intention is to be realistic in my perception of myself. A sinful human, fallen from grace, saved by Christ, restored to glorify Him. Yes, I have gifts. But I am not defined by those gifts. Nor am I defined by my failures. I am defined by the blood of Christ. Praise God!!
My blog and my craft can be my idol
This is one that I speak both of myself and of others. Crafting used to be my idol. My blog used to be my idol. For years I had believed that being a wife and mom wasn’t enough. I had to “do more” or “be more” to be of value to this world. I rejected my first and most important calling, loving and caring for my family. I desperately wanted to find fulfillment in creating and accumulating. I desperately wanted to find approval in recognition of my work. I served these things rather than Jesus. My devotion was to finding man’s approval rather than God’s.
This, more than anything, was the reason I stopped blogging. I am being incredibly intentional now to not fall back into this sin. This is a point where I’d ask for accountability from my readers (especially those few people in real life who I’m blessed to call family and friends 😉 ).
Blogging to justify sin
Now, this one I’m sure may rile some feathers. But this is a primary reason I don’t read most blogs. Many blogs, especially those written by Christian women, seem to be written in an attempt to justify their sin. This again goes back to what I said about manipulating the Bible to fit my ideas. I must lay my ideas at the cross and change my ideas to fit the ideas of the word of God. Rather than justify my sin, I must repent of my sin. Many bloggers try to do the reverse, find a dance, recreate reality, anything in order to not repent. And dangerously, encourage others along their path.
When challenged, many bloggers don’t take it well. I’ve been banned from many Christian blogs for using Scripture to question their conclusions. Disagreement can be a moment of learning, or it can be a moment of pride. I confess, it’s much easier to be prideful. I know it is my first choice. But I know that the wise thing to do would be to humble and learn. I know that I also tend to respond in emotion. It is for this reason that I rarely read and comment, because I am not good at responding in a logical way, not motivated primarily by emotion. However, that being said, challenging ideas is a very good thing. I should not attack the person, but when an idea doesn’t line up with Scripture, I should challenge the idea.
What you see isn’t always real
For some reason, we easily accept that the pictures we see in magazines aren’t real. We know the clothes have been tailored to fit the models. They have make up applied by professional make up artists. They are airbrushed and photoshopped ridiculously. For some reason, we can remind ourselves of that. Yet, we think that what bloggers present is reality. We must remember that bloggers are censoring their life. They only reveal information that is pertinent to their cause. Few people are truly real. Even when they present their faults (like I didn’t feed my family today and told them to eat cereal for dinner so I could craft), they are only presenting the faults they will allow you to see, whether it to be to present themselves positively, or gain sympathy.
In conlusion, I don’t think this is a conclusive list. This list is all I have time for at the moment. And it’s already many more words than I intended. If you see me acting in any of these fashions, please address me about it. My desire is that I have a teachable spirit, and that I would check my pride at the door and repent.
By Faith Alone
Through Grace Alone
In Christ Alone