Maybe you’ve noticed I haven’t had a lot of posts recently. Maybe you never really paid attention in the first place so you don’t really care. Either way, I’ve been kind of taking a break from it all for a bit to think about what this whole blogging thing is about, for me, anyways.
The question that keeps coming up for me though, is what is this for? Is it simply an online journal? a place to express my thoughts? Or is the goal of this to build connections with others and to have community? Is the goal to create a network of people I can think with and wrestle with?
If it’s the second of those two options, then I’m not serving my task very well. JoPa Productions put out an article about how to build up readers for your blog – which isn’t so much about numbers, but about how to connect with more people. And the simple fact of typing something and putting it out there isn’t going to make that happen. It doesn’t happen in ministry that way either – just by announcing something doesn’t mean anyone is going to show up – it takes personal invitation and the building of relationships.
I haven’t done very much of that at all with this whole blogging thing. I’m kind of doing my own thing – casually reading others here and there as I have time. I’m not putting a whole lot of effort into building relationships, so I shouldn’t be surprised if no one comes knocking on the door.
I was a lot better at this whole thing a year and a half ago, but life has gotten in the way. Ironically, the more I need this kind of deep thinking theological community, the farther away I have pushed it.
So it’s a turning point for me. Do I keep doing what I’m doing, occasionally journaling here and there? Or do I take a step and put in the effort to build the support network? Do I make sure that I take an hour or two every day to read the work of others and engage them in their thoughts? Do I strive to post something that I’m wrestling with on a more regular basis so that I can seek the wisdom and advice and creativity of others?
I think deep down, I really do value this kind of networked organic community. I like the fact that I can build relationships and talk about common problems with people half a world away. I just need to stop being lazy.