Blogging is fun.
I get to meet new people and learn new things. It can be an extension of my ministry. It’s a tech thing. It may have spiritual benefits. I hear new perspectives. There are a lot of pictures and videos and more videos. Reading this or this should get you academic credits. One can even take a break without getting fired. I like almost everything about it.
But as many have already said – blogging can be dangerous.
For me the biggest danger right now is overindulgence. I can get so engaged in these conversations that I lose track of time and priorities. So let me share with you a few boundaries that I am installing in my blogging life. (Picture a post-it note at the top left corner of my flat panel monitor.)
- Bible first – blogging last. In the morning I must not even sit down at the computer desk until I’ve gone hard after God. I’ve made this mistake a few times recently and it ruined my whole day.
- No blogging after bedtime. For me this means I logging off at 10 pm. This has been a serious pitfall for me. My sleep schedule last semester was a mess. Blogging is an activity that I can do without noticing that I’m tired. Result – it’s 1 AM and I still have 19 Firefox tabs opened that I want to read.
- No posting without praying. I wish I could hack the “publish” button to say “pray” and redirect me to the Lord’s Prayer. If anyone out there can do this hack I will pay you cash money.
- No blogging on the Lord’s Day. I mean zero reading, commenting, or writing posts on the Lord’s Day. You can debate this one in the comments but “as for me and my house . . .”
- Stay away from stats. This is a hard one for me. Stats are cool – the charts, the weird places people link from, the out clicks. So I will now allow myself to check them only once per day. This is starting to hurt.
- Blog briefly. Have you ever sat down to blog and looked up to see that 2 hours had passed? I need to be conscious about limited my time per sitting at the computer. Maybe I should be a parent to myself and get an egg timer.
So there you go. Another post on blogging. Now what do you think? Am I being legalistic? Or am I creating an idol?