Oh, blog. What are you exactly?
I struggle with whether or not I'm disappointed that I don't have readers let alone commenters. Sometimes I want you to be "successful". Other times, I'm thankful for a secret place I can work out my thoughts and not really worry about it being read or not.
Should I turn off the comments section altogether so that I'm not tempted to be envious?
Should I reorient my writing so that conversation is invited?
I love that I can look back to 2006 (!) and see the ways that I've grown and changed over the years. And hey, its like a journal that I don't have to grab if the house catches on fire. (knock on wood!)
I'll keep on blogging for that reason alone. I'm not interested in maintaining a really successful blog. Or maybe it feels prideful to want success. Maybe it's more that I'm afraid of the responsibility of a successful blog.
But I am interested in conversation.
I'm a marriage and family therapist. I can't blog about my work. I can't blog about what I'm doing and sometimes having such quiet, secret work is hard for me. Ah. I'll admit it. I like for people to know what I'm up to and I like to be the center of attention.
A few months ago I had a new vision for the blog, a new focus, new name. This definitely is still where I am in life, focused on engaging the Creator. And part of me questions how that is going if creativity does not have input from community. I realize my writing doesn't reach out often simply because I'm hesitant to assume an audience. That seems pretentious. But maybe it's the other way around. Maybe my assumption that no one is reading really has come across as I don't care for input. I apologize if that is the case.
So, this is in a way, an invitation to you. To engage creativity with me. Become part of this conversation. I'm not really sure what the conversation really is either. I need you!
These are my meditations. Perhaps that's all. And that's okay.
But..if you're reading this...I sure wouldn't mind a comment if you feel the urge. :-)
So here goes...
What are your thoughts on blogging success? What makes you feel invested in a blog? What makes you engage a blog? If you would, read the "about" section of the blog and tell me what you think. Any ideas on how to do this? I'm open to suggestions, experiments, books, something that inspires you. I'd really like to see the blog this year have a theme, a project, a purpose. I'd like to experience different ways you engage the Creator. Maybe we can do this together. Maybe together this space can facilitate something life giving.
What would you be interested in seeing on this blog?
Help me flesh out this idea.
Whew! That was hard. Well, thanks for reading, friends. I really can't wait to read what you have to say!