I go through phases when it comes to blogging. I started blogging back in April of 2012 as an outlet to both chronicle my first pregnancy and have a creative outlet after teaching all day. I migrated one of my early blog posts over here because it still holds truth in it and am working through bringing others over as well. It’s quite clear from looking at archives that some months I posted a lot and others not at all. That’s life, y’all.
Which begs the question, why add to all the noise already on the internet? Do I really need to throw my voice into the fray? Is anyone listening? Or does any of that even matter? Shouldn’t I just write and publish because I want to write and publish? Or is it a waste of time, money, and bandwidth?
When I first started out, I had a free wordpress.com blog so my only monetary output was the cost of internet (which seems to be as essential as groceries nowadays). After much thought and vacillation, I bit the bullet and purchased my own hosting on a Black Friday sale for pennies a month. Usually when I pay for something ahead of time, I’m motivated to do something about it. Think about people who sign up for a 5K – they could totally do that 5K on their own and not pay $40. But when you pay the money – and look forward to the “free” shirt – you’re more likely to do the training and show up on race day to run. That’s While I purchased hosting because I was sick of wordpress being able to put whatever ads they wanted on my page, I also thought of it like signing up for a race. If I’ve paid for it, maybe it’s something I’ll make more of a priority.
But, as I said earlier, life came up. Yes, you must actually live a life to have something to write about (well, I do…I know some people who can just write and that’s awesome too). And I wrote lots of things that I am proud of, produced some tutorials that are actually helpful, developed and posted recipes for many scrumptious things, and even wrote some guest posts for bigger blogs.
Where am I now with blogging? Honestly, I don’t know.
When Black Friday rolled around this past November, I re-upped (not at the lovely rock bottom price but got a decent deal). I also run a site about sex and sexuality for Christian women and am responsible for it’s hosting and really feel like God wants me to keep doing that so I said yes. He gave me a big vision for it – and a few key people to encourage me in that vision – so even though there aren’t a ton of posts yet, they’re coming.
As for Mason Jar Values – what I like to call this little corner of the interwebs – I love getting to sit down and write. I just don’t get to do it as often as I’d like to. Does that mean that I shouldn’t do it, since I haven’t proved to be consistent? Or should I do it because I love it and not care about all the what-good-bloggers-do posts about frequency (twice a week?) and cohesiveness (write within your niche)?
Am I just adding to the noise?
I read so many great blog posts by amazing Christian women about motherhood, family, friendships, natural living…the list goes on. Is there more to say? Do I need to be the one saying it? Or has everything already been said?
The verse God gave me to ponder is from the New Testament:
Yet we urge you, brothers and sisters, to do so more and more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12
I want so badly for my daily life to win the respect of outsiders. I want others to see Jesus in my actions: how I treat my husband when we take him his lunch at school, how I interact with my athletes at cross country/basketball/track and field practice, how I speak to my children when they disobey or when they act like angels.
Does that mean I should tell y’all about it by writing a blog post? Maybe, maybe not. Does that mean I condemn others who blog? Absolutely not. I simply am mulling over – for myself – what my relationship should be with the internet. After hitting publish on this, God might remind me of all of the conversations and relationships that have arisen thanks to blogging and I’ll be again reminded that He can produce amazing things through some of the simplest of actions. I might also realize that I should establish a set hiatus after which I’ll come back re-energized and focused on writing.
The truth is, I don’t know what I’m going to do. The crazier thing is that I’m okay with that. So if you’re up for hanging along with me, I’d love to keep you updated. There’s a little box just below the main bar where you can subscribe for a twice monthly email from yours truly of blog posts I’ve written – or highlights of other blog posts I’ve enjoyed reading. Either way, it’s an email that will hopefully encourage you to live with passion, perseverance, and purpose, the three main things I deem Mason Jar Values.
Blessings to you. If you’re the praying type, I’d love your prayers. Until next time (whenever that is),