There are several reasons why I have failed to join blogging-nation and it’s not just one of these reasons but all of these flowing together:
1. ONE-WAY CONVERSATION. I always thought that blogging was what people did who thought they had something profound to say but did not want to actually dialogue with anyone about it. Sort of like a conversation where one person has the microphone and the other person doesn’t. “I’m going to blog so I can state everything I feel and not have to deal with anyone’s reaction.” I just thought it was a poor method of honest conversation.
2. ISOLATIONISM. I thought blogging would keep me from community and only enable me to isolate myself from people. One of the reasons why I didn’t jump on the “traveling-camp-speaker-bandwagon” early on in my ministry was because I realized that it would propel me to shallowness (that, and I wasn’t as cool and good as Matt Chandler or Wes Hamilton). I realized that I would so easily preach the same message while working in different ways to emote myself on stage – then pack up, leave – and go do it all over again with another group of people. So with every new gig I would just push myself into isolation and the temptation to avoid authentic community. And up until lately, this is how I viewed the Bloggers. Disconnected from real conversations and real people. Isolated in shallowness.
3. ANNOYING. To be honest, the self-promotion involved when someone wanted me to read his blogs annoyed me. Seriously, I would get many “read my blog” invitations and I would often think — “yea, I’m doing OK…thanks for asking. Oh wait, you weren’t asking? You were telling me to spend 20 minutes of my time to read about your newest ground-breaking thought that flooded your mind while you were “flooding” the toilet.” Seriously, it annoyed me for a while (ok… it still kind of does).
4. INTEREST. I just didn’t think anyone would really waste time to read something that I wrote. I might think this because of how I felt about bloggers (see above) or there might be a deeper reason. As a pastor of people for years, I have heard every excuse in the book why the intake of Scripture is so difficult. I would rather spend my energy inspiring others to read God’s Blog instead of “Deep Thoughts by Jason Goings”. Also, I have discovered that men are reading less and less and I didn’t want to write things that only women would be interested in reading. So I thought – “Who would read what I would write?”. (Then of course there’s that very real reason that people really won’t be interested in anything I have to write).
5. IMPACT? Simply put here – would the investment of time really matter or make an impact in anyone’s life? I felt it wouldn’t justify the time and mental energy that it would require to faithfully blog (again, read above AND remember I’m not as cool and smooth as Matt Chandler – notice how I put “smooth” in there?).
Well, what you’ll discover in my next blog is that I am thinking differently on 4 of 5 of these reasons – and that’s enough to get me to begin this phase. What I aim to do with this blog is just what my blog ID title states: FUEL hearts to burn for God passionately and love others deeply.
For His glory and our joy…