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When I first began blogging nearly two years ago, my desire was to have a place where I could document my life in God. I began my blog as an on line journal, never thinking anyone would care to read what I wrote. And back then, I didn’t really have a desire to follow other blogs. I mean, why would I follow a blog of someone I didn’t know? It made me feel like a stalker. But once I got into blogging, I discovered an entire community of like-minded people who were all documenting their life in God. They brought God into every aspect of their blog. And I followed them. Moms, single women, pastor’s wives, teens. Most had something to say that I could in some way relate to. There were others I didn’t have anything in common with, but I still followed. There was just something about their blog that I liked. Or maybe it was the weekly meme or blog hop that brought me.
And what newbie blogger doesn’t want followers? Back then, I oftened wondered who, if anyone, read my blog. Where did they live? Did they have children? Did we have anything in common? Why on earth would they follow my little ole blog? When people did begin to follow my blog, it was a good feeling knowing that what I was writing about was being read. I have to admit that I used to purposely click “next blog” in Blogger, and visit the blog rolls of every blog I followed just to find new blogs to read. I would join every “blog hop” and weekly meme that I could. Silly? Maybe. But through all of that, I found some of the most amazing women who have not only welcomed me into their blogging community, but who have lifted me up in prayer and encouraged me during the hard seasons of my life.
I love community and connecting with other women. I have been told I have a “pastor’s heart”. I genuinely care about people. It grieves my heart when someone is hurting and I am filled with joy in sharing their victories. When I visit a blogger who is asking for prayer, I really do, most of the time, stop right then and there and pray. I am not perfect and I’ve missed it on occasion. But my heart is always stirred and I really do try to lift every request to the Father on your behalf.
But I was shocked last night when I looked at my Google Reader and saw that I had 592 unread items. Some of you are saying, “WOW, no wonder you burn the midnight oil”. And others might be saying, “is that all?”. But I was completely overwhelmed. God has been whispering to me about the need to simplify many areas of my life, blogging being one of them. This is not the first time I’ve been convicted by the fact that there are so many blogs in my Reader, that trying to keep up with them might actually be taking time away from not only my blog’s original purpose, but my family, and God. So last night, I began the painstaking task of “purging” my Google Reader. I am still going through the process. And it is difficult.
I want to build community. But it’s hard to do that when I am frantically trying to read blogs and comment and reply to comments. So it’s important that I lighten my load so that I can write and encourage you the way that God has called me to. I promise to do my best to reply to every comment left here. And I promise to “visit” all of the new blogs represented. It may take some time, but I will get there. YOU are important to me! And, if my blog blesses and encourages you, I invite you to follow me along on this journey. But please, do not feel pressured. I never thought I would have so many people following my journey in life. I am humbled.
This was quite a different post for me. A “chat with the girls” really. But I wanted to let you all know what I’ve been struggling with. How about you. Are you struggling with keeping up with blogging? I would encourage you to pray and ask the Lord what He would ask you to do. I believe He’s given us enough time in our day to blog and build community. We just need to use wisdom while doing so.