I think most Christian bloggers go through this . . . a time of reflection on what their blog is for, why they are blogging, is it time well spent, and is this use of time and the end result pleasing to the Lord? It does take a lot of time, and so it's good to often consider if this time is honoring to the Lord and serving others in any way. And lastly, is it of eternal value?
Our blog was started back in 2008 (actually earlier with two other blogs) as an easy, all-in-one-place to post pictures and updates for our family back in Arizona. It is also a journal for our family, and keepsaking of all our pictures and memories. I've also hoped that perhaps the Lord would use it to encourage someone toward Christ and Godly living out there in wi-fi land. (It is encouraging to me that folks from all over the world stop by here.) I've also wanted it to be a public place where we can praise His name and give Him glory. But the flip-side to being on the internet, is that it is hard for me to share more of the personal things in our journal that are going on in our family. I'm also not a very good writer, so it's hard for me to express my thoughts and feelings here. When I do, it feels a bit awkward, and I feel vulnerable and like retreating.
I'm currently going through another season of ponderings about all of this. I can see why facebook and other social media sites are so popular with the instant feedback and interaction one receives while sharing their lives with others. And I can see why a family journal maybe needs to not be so public. I wonder if the public family journal truly is touching anyone, reaching anyone, making a difference for Christ in anyone's lives? Is the time vs. benefit ratio worth it? Or should it just be a private journal, with more personal writing about what the Lord is doing in our lives for the family's generations to come?
Okay, I feel like I'm getting too personal, and it's feeling a bit awkward. ;-) So I think I'll sign-off for now and continue praying about this. If the journal goes "private" in the near future, at least you'll know why!