To blog or not to blog, that has truly been the question of late. With some recent time constraints (that won't be going away for awhile), I gave careful consideration to discontinuing the blog. Instead, I decided to continue it and make some modifications:
- I'm no longer aiming for daily posts on my blog. (You can check out "What to Expect from this Blog" on the sidebar to the right of the page for more details).
- I changed the look of it, just a little (I have a hard time moving away from simple).
I have spent a long time praying about this blog. All along I've prayed that God would allow me to keep blogging only if it brings glory to Him. I consider it a ministry, and that is a main reason it's staying.
As long as I'm blogging about blogging, I thought I'd mention the pros and cons of blogging that I considered in my decision.
- I have opportunity to share the gospel.
- I am connected with Christians around the country and abroad that I would not have "met" otherwise.
- The blog allows me more opportunities to hand out gospel tracts (upon meeting someone new, I often will give them the gospel tract I have written, explain it shares a little about my story and mention that my e-mail address and blog address are on the back).
- It allows friends and family to experience a little bit of what goes in the head of a "quiet girl".
- I like to write, and the blog allows me that opportunity.
- I can document what's going on around me (in words and pictures).
- It's time consuming.
- It's dangerous to my walk with the Lord. (Sitting at the computer can distract me into doing and viewing far more than I should. I can have the tendency to put it above my time in God's Word or prayer).
- I'm intensely private (which I'm not sure isn't a sin--probably could be put under the category of pride) and every post is a battle for me.
- I like my relationships with others to be real and to be deep (blogging, especially for those who live in close proximity to me, can cause people to think they already know me so there's no need for conversation about things they've already read on my blog---there are so many details I don't put on the blog).
- It opens a door to pride (there is the danger in blogging of thinking yourself to be more important than you are).
All things considered, I would say that blogging, in it's proper place and perspective, can be a useful tool, and I recommend it (along with much prayer and constant evaluation).
See you in future posts....