Friday, September 3, 2010

Thanks for Your Comments

When people blog, they sit in their "offices" and tap away at keys. Often, after sharing their inmost thoughts and fears, they preview what they've said (hopefully, deleting anything compromising) and hit "Send." And then their words are gone--off into cyberspace--to connect or not, to resonate or not, help or not, please or not.

Why do people blog? Why does anyone take the time . . . and the risk? Do they like to see themselves in print? To hear themselves talk? To influence? It could be all of those things. It could also be that God has given them something to say, some way to help, to encourage (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

For me, it began as a lark. I'd seen the movie Julie & Julia, and blogging for a year seemed like a good challenge. At first, I used it as a teaching tool and spent 2-3 months in the Selah passages of the Book of Psalms. But, as time went on, I began to see blogging as a way to connect with others.

In a day when people, either by choice or circumstance, have become isolated in their day-to-day interactions, social media has sprouted up to meet a need for interconnectedness. And blogging is part of that. When I would blog about life or death or pain or joy, I could generally expect a response in the comments section or on Facebook or in person.

Thank you for those comments and for the social connection you provided this writer--for writing, of necessity, involves many long hours of isolation. Your responses were an encouragement to me and are why I will, doubtless, continue to blog (though not daily) in the months ahead.


  1. So does this mean you've completed your year? Good job! I look forward to your blog posts in the future.

  2. I've read a few of your posts, like what I see, and am encouraged that you received responses to your blog. I've often wanted to become more faithful at blogging, but have sincere doubts about the connectedness it might bring. I agree wholeheartedly about the isolation required of writing. The only way to ge anything done, it seems, is to not talk to people! :-) I'll try to keep reading your posts, as time allows.

  3. Thanks, Jessica. You know firsthand how challenging it can be to commit to blogging every day. And you did it, too!

  4. Thank you, too, Tracie, for taking the time to comment.