Blogging Without Obligation

Have you ever written a blog post that starts out apologizing for not blogging in a while? I haven’t, but the thought has crossed my mind! Then I came across a post titled Blogging without Obligation. After seeing thousands of posts that started out, “Sorry I haven’t posted in a while…” the author decided it was time to rethink blogging. So that no one would ever have to utter those words again!

He basically encourages readers to rethink what makes a good blog, and the expectations that come with that.

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

And because blogging should be enjoyable, not pressurized by imaginary obligations we or others create!

So keeping that in mind, I Want to Blog without Obligation because:

  • We shouldn’t have to look at our blog as if it were a treadmill.
  • Its’ okay to just say what we have to say. If that makes for a long post, fine. Short, frequent, or infrequent — it’s all fine.
  • It’s okay to not always be enthralled with the sound of our own typing.
  • Sometimes less is more.
  • Only blogging when we feel truly inspired makes our blog more integral.
  • They are probably not going to inscribe our blog’s link, stats, or comment numbers on our tombstone.
  • For many of us blogging is just a hobby. A way to express ourselves and connect with others.
  • We should not have to apologize for lapses in posts. It’s good to just take a step back and enjoy life, not everything we do has to be “bloggable”.
  • If we blog without obligation we will naturally keep our blog around longer, because it won’t be a chore.
  • Plus, just think, we will be doing our part to eradicate post pollution. One post at a time…

Blogging without Obligation? Yes, please! How about you?

Source: Blogging without Obligation, Steve Becker

[Image ©TheScorziellos-Sheila]


Note: The original blog posted this release: I release all the logos, thoughts, and words mentioned here about this concept into the public domain. Take the idea and run with it. (And we hereby thank the author!)

11 thoughts on “Blogging Without Obligation

  1. 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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  2. “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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    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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  3. 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. 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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