Monday, July 23, 2012

thoughts on blogging

This little blog of mine...we've been together for awhile now. It's strange to think that when I started it I really didn't know a thing about blogging or the blogging community. Seriously, I kind of have my head in the sand when it comes to all things technology. (It's a blessing and a curse and unfortunately I still understand very little of how blogger works:) 

I started writing for the same reason a lot of you did, to document our lives and keep in touch with far off family members. Elijah was a couple months old and it was a very convenient way of journaling our life with him.

Little did I know how much I would enjoy it. I look back to old posts and remember things I would have forgotten. It's been a good way for me to clear my head and get my thoughts straight. Sometimes I write out my thoughts and share them for anyone to read and sometimes I never hit publish. 

Somewhere along the way I made friends, some I've actually met in "real" life and they've become even closer. I found a handful of blogs I enjoy following and am encouraged by. It's been a fun and unique adventure. I don't feel a pressure to blog. You'll notice sometimes I blog everyday and there are times weeks go by with very little. 

But, I've found if I'm not careful I can get concerned about who commented or didn't and how many people followed along. (it's one of the reasons i got rid of my follow box. i don't want to worry about that) I've also wondered if I should make it private or stop it all together. Blogging is a unique thing and brings to light many things to think through. (or sin that needs to be dealt with)

I've learned many times when my thoughts are on who's commenting I've lost focus on why I do this. Like all things in life, I write to bring God glory, not for who reads it. I do hope it blesses anyone who comes across it, but I do this for our family. We love it and I enjoy writing. I don't know how long I'll do it for, but what I've documented so far is something we'll have forever. 


13 comments:

Phil and Bri said...

I hope you keep blogging!! :) I enjoy reading up even though i don't comment every time! You are so encouraging and honest in your posts. You write in a way that I will never be able to. Going private helped me to get over the "comment" issue. Now I blog assuming no one reads haha! :) But I am with you, when I go back and read what our family has been through it is amazing. I would have for sure forgotten many of the memories!

Jessica said...
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Kirra said...

Blogging is so weird, isn't it? I wish there was a way for it to be private but still remain conversational. I feel like each time I've gone private I've breathed a HUGE sigh of relief but then it becomes crickets...and I feel like no one is reading it at all (the people that were invited).

I love the comments just because it feels like a conversation rather than just me talking to myself- it feels kinda like writing emails to no one?! I don't know. I know there's so much to process with safety & our sinful hearts & our motives....I just found when I was just blogging privately that no one was there to share things with....and for me, I love to document & be a memory keeper- but I also love sharing ideas & conversing with people about it all.

Sorry for the novel- I think about blogging & how weird/great/sticky it is often. ;) I think you do a great job here & I always find so much of the Jess I know & love- plus you offer us all so much encouragement in being a woman of God.

Miss you always!

Michelle Elkins AKA Mickey said...

Thanks for the reminder. i love reading your posts!

kaylee@life chasers said...

I hear ya.
Just know that i love what you write and that I have 'met' you.

Katherine~ said...

Blogging has brought out some unexpected things in my life! I enjoy it too, but I think we ought to approach it carefully because we are responsible for what we write and think! Although I don't mind when others include my blog in their side bar, I don't keep a blog roll in order to avoid problems. I think we may have talked about this once... my case might be different than most because of what my husband does.

I enjoy your blog. Your love for God and for your husband and kids shines through!

bandofbrothers said...

i love you Jessica!

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katygirl said...

I've been wanting to comment for like a week but I haven't really say down to really read blogs for several days. I really loved this post. I love your blog and the way you do it. :) and I love that because if blogging, we became friends. I love you! I get to see you so soon. ;)

Xoxo

Anonymous said...

Very awesome blog !! I couldnt have wrote this any better than you if I tried super hard hehe!! I like your style too!! it's very unique & refreshing…

Jess said...

Please don't stop. I love your blog. You are so inspiring to me and I wish I knew you in person. You're my kinda gal. So, post as often or as randomly as you like, I'll always come back for more, and I'll try to comment more often so you know I'm here. ;)

Purposely at Home said...

Jessica, thank you for this post. I really needed to hear it. I have been having some of the same thoughts about followers, commenters, etc.

I LOVE your blog and am encouraged by it. You being one of my first followers, I have loved being able to see your sweet little family grow. :) I hope you are having a great weekend!

xo
purposelyathome.blogspot.com

bandofbrothers said...

i miss you and your blog. i know you have been busy, and traveling. so no pressure, obvi.

but i miss your posts! that is all! love you doll!

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