I remember the buzz the first time someone linked to URBANarmy, the first time someone left a comment, the first time someone actually referenced some of my thoughts but have subsequently sought to remember why I blog.
I wrote this ironically about a year ago:-
"I try not to write in order to influence or to impress. I write because I want to be able to look over my shoulders and look at the footprints of my journey as I reflect on mission. I write to stretch myself through my reflections. I write because I don't want to lose the lessons I am learning. I write to get things off my chest, to vent my feelings. I write for me."
I am sure that blogging for others would wear me out, grind me down and would steal the joy I have in keeping the lessons I learn alive.I try to hold true to that because I am sure that blogging for others would wear me out, grind me down and would steal the joy I have in keeping the lessons I learn alive.
I found a confession list in an old Renewal Magazine article 'Why do we shrink from confessing' (Feb 1995) and find it helpful - so here's my adapted Bloggers Confession Checklist!
- succumbing to flattery (watching your site metre every hour to see how your daily average is doing!)
- nurturing hurt feelings (not everyone will agree with you, really!)
holding a grudge (oh for a misplaced metaphor to crash down!) losing our temper (don't read your blog comments late at night) not respecting other people (just because someone thinks different) pride (watching technorati to see the latest link to your blog) feeling jealous ( why would anyone would want to hit his site!) selfish ambition ( blogging to pump your up your reputation ) bitterness (when someone gets quoted and linked!) judging one another (rabid unthinking evangelical; woolly liberal; unprimitive salvo; non-aggressive Christian!) arrogance (the world really does deserve to hear my voice) feeling superior to another (I've got something far better to say than anyone else) hurting another's reputation (...and she thinks she has something to say) witholding a good word about another (you know he kind of has something to say but if you think I'm going to link)