I have been blogging on and off for awhile. I think I started around 2010. Things have changed enormously since then. Significantly, blogging became a business and, more than that, social media platforms like Instagram became places for people to get their “quick fix” of people they had previously followed on blogs.
I think Instagram is amazing for busy mothers. It enables to share what is on their heart with a photo that feeds their desire for creativity, then once shared, the relationship connection is filled through like-minded mothers. I love Instagram for that.
But, I miss blogging like the “old days”. I miss seeing regular posts from online friends, or mothers who have a beautiful way with words. I miss feeling like what I wrote mattered. I have never written for accolades, but seeing the little (and I mean little) view counts each day helped me feel like there was something productive in what I wrote.
Nowadays, I feel as if I am writing into silence. And I wonder: do words matter anymore?
I remember when Pinterest came along. It was amazing. I use it daily still. But suddenly, when I was blogging, I needed to make it Pin-worthy. Images needed titles and attractive design. My posts needed to be shorter so people would keep reading. It was as if blogging had become a fast-food industry.
Commenting on blogs also began to deteriorate. It was all about reading the post – was it useful? Yes, pin. No, click out. There was no more desire to comment and encourage. Yet, if you go on Instagram, photos can have thousands of comments. Why don’t blogs? Is it too hard?
Blog link-up’s were the best, too. Not only did it bring in many people to your blog, you could meet so many other like-minded bloggers too. To this day, I still follow women on social media whom I originally “met” on their blog. Many do not blog any more, and that makes me sad.
Do words matter anymore?
I think of that as a Christian. We believe deeply in words. God made the world with the Word. He saved the world with the Word. Christians drink deeply from the Word, their Bibles. To God, words matter deeply.
Is it a sign of our humanity when fast, click-bait images matter more than well-thought, well-planner, well-crafted words?
So I ask myself: what is the point? Why am I still blogging? Does what I say have any point in this vast ocean of links and sites and images and noise? Is there purpose in blogging anymore when it isn’t to make money?
The answer keeps coming down to this for me: I must write and I must encourage.
It is in my blood. That is why I always come back to this screen with a draft post before me. It’s why, when I am vacuuming or washing the dishes or listening to a conversation between my children, ideas and words come to me and I have to write.
When I was younger, I wrote in my journals. And I still do, but in a different way. Now, though, I have to share:
“I have not hidden Thy righteousness in my heart; I have declared Thy faithfulness and Thy salvation: I have no concealed Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth from the great congregation.” Psalm 40:10
Even though it feels like radio silence, even though it feels pointless, I will keep going on because He has put something in me to write. I cannot deny who He has made me to be, nor the story He has asked me to tell. From my kitchen table, where I sit, blogging is the best way for me to share His lovingkindness to the great congregation. Whether it is about home education or my faith or our home or our family journey – it is His story I am sharing, and I must trust Him that it will be used for His purposes, even if it is only ever seen by Him.
If you must write, keep doing it. Let us keep linking and commenting and sharing and supporting one another. Let us keep words alive.
Do you still blog? If so, please share below.