I don't want to write this post. Like really, really don't want to write it.
Not because I don't think it's important or because it hasn't been on my mind. But because I don't like what it makes me acknowledge about myself. I like to pretend, even to myself, that I have my priorities perfectly in line at all times.
A couple of days ago, I was blessed to be a part of an email exchange with some blogging friends about how much time we spend on this hobby/job/obsession of ours and what that says about what we value.
I have a few confessions to make:
- I think about my blog A LOT.
- I check my stats often. Very often.
- I covet your comments.
- I would love to be a blogging starlet.
So what's wrong with all of that? I guess the answer is everything and nothing.
There are so many good things about blogging. For me, the creative outlet has been so valuable. So has the opportunity to add a small amount of income to our family. More than anything, the connections and real friendships that I've developed are priceless. I know that God has used my blog for my own good and I believe for the good of some other people.
But, to paraphrase something written by a friend, there is a great danger in blogging especially for anyone who thrives on success and creativity. The danger is that we cannot differentiate between the good that comes from creating, connecting and providing and the evil that comes from being pulled away from the family and into a cycle of NEEDING to succeed for our own egos.
There is a powerful push and pull between the good and bad. I believe that applies to anything that has the power to pull us away from what should be our primary priorities, whatever those happen to be.
Does this mean anything for A Soft Place to Land? Yes and no. I love connecting with all of you here, so I don't have any plans to change that. You probably won't even notice a difference, but my heart is changing a bit. My role as wife and mother needs to become my central focus again.
So let's talk. How do you keep your priorities in line when there are good things that threaten to pull you away? I'll be checking in on the comments section today and I'd love for us to all have a big ole conversation there.
Do you want to read some more?
Carlos from Ragamuffin Soul is a blogging rockstar who is taking a step back. His video rocked my socks.
Emily from Chatting at the Sky puts things in perspective as only she can.
Lisa from Take 90 West writes about this too.
So does Megan from Fried Okra
P.S You can read more of my Building a Soft Place to Land series by clicking here.