So, this is probably not a new thought, but on reflecting on my desire to write, I considered the reasons why blogging hasn’t been very successful for me. Here are my thoughts:
1) I want to share, and often compose reflections/potential posts in my mind, but when it comes to the crunch of actually posting something, I hesitate. This is mostly, I think, because of anticipated responses. Often I don’t want a response, or if I do, I only want a certain kind of response, or alternatively I want to avoid a certain kind of response. Flippancy is a common one – I don’t much care for uncalled-for responses to something I wrote to be meaningful. This is also a reason I may hesitate to post a comment on Facebook. Which leads me to the next point:
2) I’m on FB almost every day. If I want to say something to the world, in a short snippet, I can do so there and it will be read by more of my friends than a blog post here. Though having said that, that is one of the reasons why I’d actually rather blog here sometimes! I also journal regularly, as a way of processing and talking to God.
3) I don’t have huge gaps of time in my days; I make myself too busy to do things like blog. And when I do have gaps of time, I pick conversations with real people over a blog post, even though I know blogging is a different kind of conversation, with valuable outcomes.
4) Ironically, as a writer, I want what I write to be good. So, while it’s alright for my journal to receive a mostly raw splurge, it’s not the same for a post that’s open to the public.
There! Reasons why I, at least, don’t blog here often!