Blogging during the "dog days of August"

I asked myself recently: self, why do you keep writing blogs even though they obviously do not resonate with too many people? The answer was, as it has been for nearly eight years; because I write blogs for the greater Christian community as well as the Christian Blog community. For the thousandth time, this seemed to calm down the concern arising within myself.

A very good baseball player only gets a hit, one out of every three times he comes up to bat. A very good basketball player only scores 50% of the time. A very good soccer player only scores once a game. I know of no one who hits a home run, scores a touchdown or makes a goal EVERY TIME they touch the ball. Sometimes it takes repeated attempts to get everything just right so as to successfully do what it takes to succeed in any endeavor; including writing blogs.

I have written a lot of blogs. If I went back and read each one again, quite a few would be immediately deleted, many would fall in the category of being OK and perhaps one third would be REALLY GOOD. Should I wait and only write a blog when it is going to be really good or write a blog and do the best I can and let the chips fall where they may? It is my opinion and my suggestion to others over the years to do the latter. I advocate writing whenever it seems like the right thing to do, whenever there is something burning on our hearts we want to share or just because we want to do it.

I have known many people who waited for all the pieces to come together before writing a blog. The sun and moon had to be in proper alignment and the particular day had to be exactly right in order for the person to write what they deemed to be the “perfect” blog. Unfortunately, those who read that blog do not know it is the “perfect” blog and many times fail to comment on it. This in turn hurts the author and their blogging career ends with one blog under their belt. This is so sad when it happens, for I believe God loses a voice when a person quits before they begin.

Of the 750 or so really good blogs I have written, I can think of only a handful where the comments left on it represented others believing it was a really good blog. I can think of hundreds of these blogs with one or maybe two comments. I guess excellence is in the eye of the beholder. I have recently written some blogs that I put at the top of my list as far as quality goes. Very few, if any of them, have been read and even fewer have any comments to speak of. Should I take this personally and quit blogging? That is exactly what the enemy wants. If I believe if God works in me to write a blog, it is HIs job to give the increase and not mine.

I write mainly for the joy of writing and to have my thoughts and research permanently stored on the internet for anyone searching for what I write about. This is why I adamantly support the ministry of Christian Blog. I have quite a vested interest in this site for it houses all my blogs. How big of deal is this? A lot of people have looked at these blogs over the years by way of Google searches etc. We no longer keep track of the exact figure, but I would imagine that my blogs have been viewed by well over 3 million folks over the years. That to me is a huge deal and makes it all worth it.

July and August are miserable months for charities as a whole and Christian Blog is no exception. People are just too busy to read and comment on blogs. They are wrapping up summer projects, taking vacations and getting ready for the new school year. It is grossly unfair to look at how slow things are now as justification to quit blogging or cease supporting Christian Blog. If history is any indication, September begins a new year when as people have time to sit back and read blogs.

I guess I wrote this blog with the hope that those who are teetering on the brink of quitting blogging stop and look at the time of year it is and how hard it is to capture people's attention for ANYTHING. My advice for any of us committed to sharing our thoughts by way of blogs is to hang in there and ride out this storm while waiting for the new and glorious days of September and October. In my case, I pray these days are MUCH better than they were last year!

 Kirk M
  I have been a member of ChristianBlog.Com for 10 years, 1 month and 28 days.

  I have published 2,287 blogs and 1,779 comments.

 I currently live in: United States.
Chukwuma Anyadike

It is good for us to remember why we write these blogs. I personally decided to write blogs because God has done so much for me and I want to be able to spread His Word. I felt that I owed him at least that much. I also do it for myself to help learn life's lessons. When I remember that then it becomes easier for me to write.

Phillip Jones

God's providential nature never fails to impress me. Unknowingly perhaps your blog spoke to my thoughts the past couple of weeks. My thought being, "Is this worth it?" I agonize over my blogs and how they may be received or rejected by others and even though I know that is largely a matter of pride and insecurity on my part it still grips me. Reading your blog it was as if God was telling me to, 'hang in there,' it will get better, it will be worth the effort and even the fear I often feel.

On a personal note, I very seldom miss reading one of your blogs and would miss them very much. I almost never don't recommend them and don't make a lot of comments. But I do read and appreciate what you have to say. Even the rants, which I can certainly understand. Doctors and our medical system leave much to be desired at times. Thank you for writing your blogs and please don't stop and I believe God used your blog to speak to me very clearly this morning. God Bless, Phil

K Reynolds+

This is the very reason that I have been blogging for the past 8 years, Kirk. Often it is just like you have said but then... well... I have had more than a couple of incidents when I have become aware that God spoke to someone through the words that were written. God allowed me to participate in the process and that humbled me.

We may not always see the fruit of our labor but God is not always asking us to harvest it. There is a lot of work to be done before the fruit is ready for harvest. God is simply asking us to be a faithful laborer.

Blessings!

K :princess:

John Knox+

I write because the love of Christ compels me to write and because he has given me a mandate to bog. I am simply obeying Him who called me into his light.

Wmj

Sandy Brooks

Truthfully -to you and all our bloggers-

If your blog touches the heart of one person or gives one person comfort -or enlightens one person to a new thought then that blog was worth every minute and every effort you put into it.

Not everyone comments -- sometimes one is just at a loss for words to respond other times it might be a matter of time and one may have intended to revisit that blog but got distracted and never got back to it.

Never -Never let the number of comments you get determine the worth of your blog.

Blessings to you -- and all our bloggers

:bearhug:

pooh/sandy

John B. Abela+

Well said Kirk. (oh, and if I were to go back and look at most of the blogs I have published... I'd probably have to delete 98% of them :mrgreen: )