Today is Day III of TDI (Tearing Down Idols). The last two days have been pretty great.
And much harder than I had originally thought.
You know what I’m finding to be a true idol? This dang iPhone!! Time to sell? Hmm…. I think maybe.
I received an email yesterday, encouraging me towards this TDI goal, and a question was raised that I think I need to address. She asked:
Why don’t you just stop blogging?
To be honest, I’ve considered it. Many times.
Like I said on Monday, a successful blog is SO much more than just writing words. The time commitment is constant. I’m always thinking of topics or taking pictures of food/activities, or tweeting or FB posting or ___________. The list goes on. And honestly, it can be overwhelming and a great stressor in my life.
Sometimes I DO want to stop. To go back to a time when I was just a stay-at-home mom. When my free time was used to take naps or finish a craft (heck, there was no finishing….or starting really). I sometimes miss the simplicity that my life had.
I know that blogging is right for me, right now.
Not necessarily a “calling”, but pretty close.
Why I Love Blogging:
1. Creative Outlet: Blogging provides a creative outlet that I don’t really get elsewhere. It’s certainly not an escape by any means, but I do feel like I have more people in the blog community that “get” my lifestyle choices (foods I eat, love of fitness, etc).
2. Platform for Faith: I see Lindsay’s List as a great platform for exposing people to God. And what God really is and not how many people have been raised to view Him. I’ll never force God down your throat, but I want to gently nudge every single reader.
3. I’m Good At It: I know that I’m a talented writer. I’m confident in this ability. Something I did nothing to earn and is a true gift from God.
4. A Unique Voice: I’m perfectly fine with being vulnerable. And I think people need to see that. Our vulnerabilities show that we’re not perfect, that we don’t have it all together. Our vulnerabilities show that there is room for improvement – and isn’t that WHY you read Healthy Living blogs in the first place?
5. The Community: This group of people is obsessed with a great many things. Some good and some bad. But I’ve found that bloggers are just GOOD PEOPLE. Most are smart, funny, witty, and most importantly, they’re all on a JOURNEY. Which means that they’re motivated. I like motivated people.
Looking back over that list, it’s the last one – COMMUNITY – I know is the biggest draw for me. It’s why I started Blend.
This community listens and encourages and roots for me.
Katie – A true friend.
It’s why I’ll continue to blog.
Tina – A sweaty friend.
Until blogging isn’t fun anymore. (Or my plan of attack isn’t working.)
Janetha – A hungry friend.
Then I’ll stop.
Until then, you’re stuck with me. My rambles, my overshares, my struggles. Me.
QUESTION: If you blog, why DO you write? Do you feel like you’re making an impact??