Why I Invest in Blogging
I wrote about investing yesterday, and I hope this will show another side of this principle.
When I started out blogging, I did it because I had a desire to write and encourage people. I honestly thought it would be a great way to talk about things God was showing me with the people in our church community and keep up with progress on the relaunching of our local church.
As it turns out, not many in the congregation (then or now) have followed all that closely, but I kept at it because I knew it was something I was supposed to do. About six months in, I received my first comment from someone I didn’t know.
That was the turning point for me.
I’m not going to say I haven’t fallen victim to the numbers game at times, chasing my tail to become popular, or any number of crazy ideas to get more traffic. I have, and I recognize I tried to find worth in that approval rather than my position as a son in my Father’s Kingdom. I have repented—believe me!
All that said, when I got that first comment and then more people showed up and then a small group of people began sharing hearts and lives… It changed everything for me. It wasn’t about simply writing anymore and it wasn’t about pleasing them or me. It was the beauty of this relationship God was offering to me through amazing people.
I understand that this may sound self-serving and it may sound sickeningly sweet, but the reason I continue blogging is all of you reading and sharing your hearts back. It’s true. I’m humbled and in awe of the quality of your thoughts that engage, encourage, challenge, and inspire me.
I hear others who say they hate all the “peripheral” activity of blogging. They don’t like visiting other people’s blogs and leaving comments. They don’t want to share other people’s writing on social media. They just want to write and have everybody come see what they do. No problem with that, but although they may offer something incredibly insightful, beautiful, or a life-changing revelation, I would still rather have relationship.
For me, those are not the peripheral activities, but part of the purpose. I could probably attract more people if I wrote witty or insightful comments on the popular blogs that everyone follows, but I’d rather go to my friends and encourage them and hear their hearts. I could try to use social media to leverage my influence, but I’d rather share the insights written by wonderful people who have linked hearts with me.
Why? Because there is a mutual commitment. I don’t simply want an audience and I don’t want to simply be in someone else’s audience. I truly want the connection of heart, mind, and spirit. I would rather have you leave me a comment telling me your thoughts on a verse or even telling me I’m wrong than for you to tweet my post a thousand times or get all your friends to come look at the site.
I value the conversation and connection. I value the community that has formed.
I have prayed for many of your family members, friends, and loved ones. I have rejoiced in the miracles and mourned the losses. I have been humbled by how my words have affected you and had the opportunity to share how yours have affected me.
I guess that’s the point. I’m not a blogger. I’m a Christian. I’m not investing in blogging. I’m investing in people and relationships, in building the Body with my gifts and abilities. But at the same time, there has to be some give-and-take.
Real relationship requires a mutual investment. Whether that’s in our church family, our friends, online, or anywhere else. I have that with so many here. I’m not saying I’m 100% in any of these areas, but I do put my heart into it.
Whether I think about something huge like your helping with our adoption or getting to share a story of my life and linking it to what I hear the Father say, I am humbled that you are part of my life and helping me to know Christ better. Thank you.
What are your thoughts? Do you see blogging as a relational activity? How has it impacted your life?