To Blog or Not To Blog?

THE WEB IS FULL!  There is an enormous amount of content available to satisfy everyone interests for the rest of our lives.  So, why in the world would I want to contribute to this mass of information?  I have some reasons why I do not care to start blogging, but I also have a number of reasons that I would like to begin blogging.  This post is a testimony to the fact that I have decided that my reasons for blogging outweigh my reasons for not.  So here goes…

First, reasons I do not care to blog…

  1. Blogging feels a bit impersonal to me.  I mean…I would much prefer to sit down and have a cup of coffee with someone or lunch or ice cream or tea or breakfast or an afternoon snack or a soda/pop/coke (depending on what part of the country I am in).  Please note…eating is a theme. 🙂
  1. Blogging seems to open me up to critique and I don’t really like critique.
  1. As stated above, there are millions of bloggers out there filling up the blogosphere with content up to our ears.  Not to mention the vast amount of information available on the web, but outside of the blogosphere…why in the world would I want to contribute to that mess?  And what could I possibly offer that is not already available?

Now, why the reasons I should not care to blog are not enough to keep me from blogging…

  1. Let me start by picking off the reasons above concerning why I do not care to blog.  Blogging feels impersonal to me not because it is impersonal, but because it is significantly less personal than personal interactions such as: one on one conversations, group discussions, speaking events and conferences, one on one emails and chats, video calls and other forms of communication.  However, just because blogging is less personal than these things does not make it impersonal and in fact it is my hope that my blogging will generate more personal communication with those who read this blog.
  1. The fact that blogging opens me up to critique is perhaps the weakest of my arguments against blogging.  I mean, seriously, the calling on my life is to preach!  If there is anything that I should start getting comfortable with, it is critique.  And furthermore, I know that I don’t know everything and that I have blind spots in my thinking, but what better way to learn more and correct blind spots than to open one self up to critique?  Additionally, I am in a season of learning (and actually will be so until I die), and the best way for me to learn the material which I am being taught by others or by the Word of God is to share it.  Seeing that not all of the things I am learning naturally come up in my conversations, I think it might be a good thing for me to share these things with you.
  1. What can I possibly offer to the blogosphere?  I do not think that blogs exist primarily as a source of new information.  Most blogs do not share any “breaking news.”  Blogs exist to provide individual perspective on ideas and events.  I think I would like to begin sharing some of my own perspective.

I may lose some readers on this point, however, you should know, that I believe God has given me a calling in life, and that is to preach the good news of Jesus Christ.

  • That He came to earth as both God and man, that He lived a perfect life.
  • That even though He had the power to destroy all humankind should He wish, instead He gave up His life to pay the price for human sin.
  • That this was the only way possible for humanity to be reconciled into the relationship they were created for by God Himself.
  • That humans are saved unto eternal life with God by believing these things which Christ taught concerning Himself.

Given this calling on my life to preach, I believe God has, is and will use my life to speak of the glories of my Lord through communicating my understanding of His word to other people.  I do not mean to say that I think blogging is my calling, it is not.  Preaching the Gospel is my calling and I intend to do so with every means afforded to me in our age.

  1. In the past, I have maintained a journal and recently I have been thinking I should start that up again, which likely may still do.  I think the thing I do not like about journaling is that much of the time, I journal and all those thoughts just stay on their pages, get packed in to a box and forgotten until my children or grand-children pick it up and read a few of my musings (probably not many of them because they may have some holograph gaming system to occupy their time).  Hear me, I would love that my children and grand children read about who I was as a person by discovering a journal of mine…the thought actually warms my heart as I am typing.  However, I would also like my friends across the country to know more about me, about the things I am going through and the things I am learning.  If none of them read it, my children and grand children will be able to access my thoughts on some sort of digital storage device that has yet to be created and the benefits that would have been gained by a journal would still be gained, just digitally.

SIDE NOTE: Clearly a blog is not the same as a journal.  There are many things that I will record in a journal that I will not share on this blog.  Sorry to disappoint if that’s what you were looking for in my blog.

  1. Another reason I think maybe I should start blogging is that I am a procrastinator…in fact, I should be translating Judges chapter three right now.  What I tend to do when I procrastinate is watch TV or play a computer game.  Don’t get me wrong, I fully intend to continue playing games and watching TV especially with other people, but I am not happy with the amount of time I find myself doing those things alone.  Realizing that I will not be able to rid my schedule of procrastinated time, I simply am hoping to replace one form of procrastination with another, hopefully, more virtuous form…blogging.
  1. I don’t know what the average lifespan of a blog is (certainly less than it’s author), but I would guess that a majority of blogs don’t get updated monthly and that many have one ambitious introductory post and that’s all (Actually, I think I have one of those…not this one…hopefully).

So, what will you find if you decide to return to this corner of the blogosphere again?

  • My reflections on the Bible
  • My thoughts about things I am learning in my classes
  • Interesting things that are going on in my life
  • Things that are happening at City on a Hill Church, where I serve as pastoral intern
  • My comments on sports, especially but not limited to Oklahoma State sports
  • Funny things I have run across or that people have sent me
  • Quotes I like and why I like them
  • News stories that I find interesting
  • Etc.

I think I have demonstrated to you that I possess the essential quality that a blogger must have…the ability to ramble on.

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