Blog With Purpose, Not Obligation

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Have you ever written a blog post that starts out apologizing for not blogging in a while? I haven’t, but the thought had crossed my mind! Until I read a post about Blogging without Obligation. The author basically brought out the fact that no one should have to apoligize for how often they post. An intriguing thought. 

And one that helped me rethink blogging, and the expectations that come with it.

The main thing that kept me from writing “I’m sorry I haven’t posted in awhile…” is that I doubt anyone even notices! After all, I’m not writing for a major magazine or news site. And I seriously doubt people are sitting around wondering, “I wonder why Sheila hasn’t posted in a while!”

And because blogging should be an enjoyable fruitful process for us, and a rewarding, inspiring, or helpful activity for our readers. Not pressurized by obligations we or others create! 

So with that in mind, Blog with Purpose, Not Obligation!
Does your blog seem like a treadmill?

Perhaps you’re trying to do too much. Or perhaps you’ve lost sight of your purpose, focus, or goals. By focusing on your goals, blogging with purpose can bring back the joy!

OK, you love your blog and want everyone else to love it too. (That’s normal – why else would you be blogging?)

But isn’t blogging really supposed to be about connecting with others, reaching out, or touching lives in some way? Don’t let it become an ego trip for yourself!

The pros say post everyday. No wait, some say not to!??

By blogging with purpose we see that post length and frequency don’t really matter, as long as our message is clear. Quality is what really counts. And sometimes less is more.

Is blogging eclipsing your real life?

A blog is just a thing, and people are more important than things. Besides, not everything in life is “bloggable.” Not everything should be.

Do you stress about stats?

Remember, first, that no one is likely to inscribe them on your tombstone or read them at your funeral. And just because your stats are leaping doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing that!

Blog only when you’re truly inspired.

It can help make your content more integral, inspiring, and meaningful. Readers know the difference, and will want to read it. And you’ll probably want to keep your blog around longer too!

Plus, just think, you might do your part to eradicate post pollution, one post at a time…

Rediscover why you wanted to blog in the first place. Then keep those goals in mind. Tune out the stats, the likes, and all the rest. And listen to the “experts” only when their advice will help you meet your purpose! It’s your blog, not theirs! And they can’t define your vision or purpose.

Blogging with purpose, not Obligation? Yes, please! How about you?

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21 thoughts on “Blog With Purpose, Not Obligation

    1. So glad it helped Matthew! There is so much advice and expert teaching out there about blogging. I find I have to really fight to keep on track with what I feel I’m supposed to do. And what I believe God want from me. Take care.

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  1. I confess, I have been guilty. It is a funny thing what we are trying to do isn’t it. We want to be noticed and relevant and important, but we want to write and be on our own terms. We want to have a schedule, etc. But, we can’t allow those things to make it into something we don’t love. Great thought. Thanks for keeping this out in front of us.

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    1. You’re more than welcome, Chap! Blogging is a tricky thing for sure! But I do find it helps keep in check both my motives and my pride. And I do agree with you that it needs remain something we love. But most of all I just want to blog with purpose… touching or encouraging even one heart! So happy blogging with purpose!!

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  2. Sheila, I DO wonder when a blogging friend suddenly stops appearing in my inbox–you included! Could he/she be sick? Has there been an emergency in the family? BUT! I would never want them to burn the candle at both ends in order to post. You’ve made excellent points here, to guide some of our blogging choices. As for the experts: I chose to cut back from two posts per week to one a couple of years ago and expected to receive half the “views” as a result. For some reason that didn’t happen! Sometimes even the experts get it wrong. Thank you for a solid, common sense post, Sheila!

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    1. Thanks Nancy! Actually I do wonder about blogging friends that suddenly become silent too. But I certainly do want to continue evaluating why I blog, and keep it in the right place! After all it is just a thing!! And I do think the important thing is to keep a vision in front of us.

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  3. Definitely blogging without obligation here! I love that it’s not a job and there’s no real requirement. I’ll wait for the spirit to lead and then I go. ❤

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    1. Good for you Lisa! And I can tell it’s working for you. Your posts are good! And anyway, the only we really need to please is the Lord. A lot of what’s out there on building a successful blog is really just someone’s opinion. Good perhaps. But I personally don’t much care to have a “successful” blog. I just want one that pleases my Father!

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  4. Love this post, Sheila! When I backed off my bloggin schedule to twice a week, I had momentary feeling like I’d be letting some folks down. Then reality hit and I thought, “I’ve written enough posts pointing to Jesus that people ought to realize I’m not He. If they need an encouraging word for that day they can reach Him same as I do.” 😆 Really though, we “owe no one anything except to love one another,” right? Much love to my fellow bloggers out there.

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    1. You’re right Vanessa! It surprised me to discover how addicting blogging can actually become. Who ever would have thought such a thing?? But it helps a lot when I remember that there are millions of blogs out there. The world certainly isn’t sitting on pins and needles waiting to hear from my little blog! But like you, I do hope to always be able to encourage someone. And love the encouragement and stimulation I find in reading all the great blogs I follow. It’s a great past-time, but it is good to keep balance! And I love what you say, if we’re pointing folks to Jesus, readers will know who they must turn to!! Thanks for that good point!

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    1. I agree, Lindsay! Those statements have often left me perplexed, and kind of sad. By that I don’t mean to judge, because I have had such thoughts myself. That’s why that post spoke to me. It made me think this is my blog–I own it–and don’t want to let it own me, telling me what to do, or when or how! LOL! Thanks for commenting!

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  5. “Have you ever written a blog post that starts out apologizing for not blogging in a while? ”

    Yes, and it was not long ago. 🙂 Blogging without obligation. Thank you, Sheila. That’s a word for me.

    Italy. Wonderful!

    I’ll be back to visit again with you.

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    1. Glad it spoke to you, Kathie. I find I sometimes need to get myself back on track. It helps when I remember there truly is a time for everything. I think it’s got a lot to do with keeping balance–kind of hard for me. I’m a bit reckless and impetuous, LOL! And yes, Italy! Who would have ever thunk? A small town/farm girl from Michigan, married to an Italian, and living here? God’s ways are beyond understanding! But I love it–God has transplanted my heart! I’ll be visiting you too. Your White Stone story is amazing! God bless!

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  6. I know what you mean, Sheila! I do enjoy blogging, but I don’t want to be mastered by it. I’ve been reading “Crazy Busy” by Kevin DeYoung, and there’s a quote in there about blogging that has gripped me every since I read it: “I’ve often had to ask myself, ‘Why am I blogging? Why am I tweeting? Is it for my name and my fame?’ It doesn’t matter how big or small our following; we can turn Facebook and Twitter into outposts for our glory. Or–and this is more my struggle–we can fear what others will think if we don’t show up for hours, days, or weeks. We don’t want to disappoint hundreds or thousands of people we’ve never met, so we work all night and ruin the evening of the few people who depend on us every day.”

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    1. You’re so right, Ai. And I’m sure this is even more of a struggle for those with young children still at home. Our kids now have their own families, and my husband works as an English second language teacher, so is gone most afternoons and evenings.

      So blogging keeps me company, but that is also one of the reasons I made my blog my daily devotional journal. I don’t want it to take the place of the companionship of God!!

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