To Blog or Not to Blog

I started my blog in 2014 but I was hit and miss – some months not posting at all and never any consistency to my posts until the past few months.

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Throughout my life I have loved to write.  I was a guest columnist for the local newspaper a few years ago and I also submitted a few articles in contests where I either won or was given honorary mention.  As a pastor’s wife I also wrote curriculum for Sunday School classes and children’s’ programs.

For years I have kept a journal writing about local events, family outings and life experiences.  When I had cancer I found writing really was a blessing.

So in 2014 I started a blog.  In my description of the purpose of my blog I wrote:

Stories of a lifetime to make you laugh, cry and hopefully walk away encouraged!

That was my purpose.  I never wanted my blog to be so popular I could attract sponsors.  I certainly applaud those who have been able to do that.  But at my age I just truly wanted to write to make others laugh, cry, be challenged or encouraged.

I kept starting and stopping on the blog because I thought

Who do I think I am that my writing would be of benefit to others?

Of course, by not being consistent I did not attract too many followers.  But moving to another state last fall seemed to shake me out of my lethargy – not only in writing but in other areas of my life where I seemed to have lost my enthusiasm.  It has done the same for my husband as he has returned to his love of painting.

As I have been more consistent I have gained more followers.  Still, I look at some of the blogs that I love and recommend and see the followers they have and I begin to wonder again.

Why am I doing this?  Do I really think I am helping anyone?

But every time I think I will stop blogging I get a comment from someone saying how much my post made them laugh and gave them a good day.  Or, how it encouraged them and was just what they needed.

So I ask myself again.

Why am I doing this?  Am I just wanting to collect a lot of followers?  To consider myself a big success in the blogging world?

Or

Do I really just want to encourage someone, make someone laugh?

Is it all that important that I reach thousands – or that I help two or three?

So I have decided to continue and to be more consistent in my posts.  And whether my followers grow or not, I will take joy in knowing I have helped someone.

 

 

 

11 thoughts on “To Blog or Not to Blog

  1. Oh my! I was so afraid you were going to say you were going to quit. Never quit. Your blogs have helped, encouraged and scolded me more times than you know. Sometimes I don’t comment because I don’t have the words in my heart to write what I really feel. Weird I know!
    Please keep on keeping on! I believe I heard that in a sermon before. Ha.
    I love you and when I read your post I grab a cup of coffee or water and feel like we are in your living room having a lovely visit!

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  2. I love this post. You write Beautifully and that makes reading enjoyable. You have very noble reasons for blogging. Whether for gain or just for the joy of it, blogging can be really a joy for those who know how to make it so. Thanks and may you continue to find the motivation and inspiration to keep sharing ennobling ideas.

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