Blogging can be difficult. Trevin Wax says so and I’m inclined to agree. I have no end of ideas of which to write about, as the Apostle Paul might say, but what I want to do, I find I cannot do. In fact I have started no less than a dozen entries into my blog that I have not been able to complete. “When affection isn’t love”, “The mundane courage of life”, “The unpopular quotes of Jesus”, “Learning to play Jazz as a Christian”, “Less is more”, these and more are germs of ideas of which I have started to write a blog entry about, but failed for a considerable amount of reasons to finish….and post. Quite frankly, one of the reasons I don’t blog as much as I would like is time. Since I am no longer a vocational Pastor (which might eventually be it’s own blog post) I find the amount of time I have in which I’m rested enough and have time enough to write has been limited. Obviously there are lots of other excuses as well.
I find I have lots of ideas of things that interest me, and which I would be interested to share with others, but expanding on those ideas, and perhaps more often, expanding on the ideas in a way that would interest others is often difficult. I’m a bit of a perfectionist…Tolkien’s “Leaf by Niggle” could be my testimony as well, and I often don’t like how ideas develop as I write about them. Yet I continue to want to write as a blogger.
Why you ask? Because I love sharing and discussing ideas. I’m very curious by nature (hence the subtitle of the blog) and the exchange of ideas has always been a passion of mine. But exchanging ideas via a blog can be more difficult for me because it is in the exchange that my own thoughts develop. So it takes longer. Yet I think blogging is an important avenue in our modern society. Social media tends to develop short thoughts in order to fit into the character limits of the platforms and add in the often bitter environment of the comment sections and it seems to me to actually discourage the exchange of ideas. Blogs allow the complete thought to be formed without the intimidation of immediate comments. I like this idea.
The reality is then that as a writer I must continue on writing, even if it is hard. I will want to continue the exchange of ideas so I will blog.