Do you remember when blogging was a thing? It wasn’t even that long ago. It was only 2011 or 2012 that I paid a lot of attention to what could be categorized as the “Christian Blogosphere.” I had my own blog that I posted on regularly, linked to other blogs, and had a large RSS feed where I watched all of this content come in every day.
And then, all of a sudden, it just wasn’t a thing anymore.
I don’t know why that is. I know Twitter became much more popular than it was previously, and video content soared for news sites. Another big shift in the last few years has been the resurrection of podcasts. This one in particular is interesting to me — that podcasts somehow made a comeback. It’s such a slow form of information intake. It makes me wonder if blogging will have its own sort of comeback. Perhaps not in the same way that it existed previously. I just know that Twitter, even with 280 characters, is incapable of allowing us to expand and extend our thoughts, mulling over the words, savoring a single line of thinking for a few minutes.
Or I could just be stuck in my own head and in my own world. It’s very possible that I have only “noticed” these changes because I’m the one who has changed — that blogging and podcasting and Twitter are as popular as they ever were, and my arrogance leads me to believe that because the way I interacted with them changed, so did everyone else.
I used to blog all the time. I remember in high school I blogged at least a few times a week, sometimes more. Then, you know. Life and kids and school and work and faith crises.
I don’t think my love for writing ever left me. I’ve started various journals (one that I have actually kind of, sort of kept up with over the course of the last nearly two years — to be sure, there are long swaths of time missing though), blogs, Twitter account(s), even a Tumblr at one point. I’ve written lots for classes. What I haven’t done is maintained a steady habit of writing, just for me, just to write. I think I felt the need to have an audience, to push my “content” (blah) out so that people could see me and my thoughts and know that I was the kind of person that had important thoughts about important things.
I don’t think I am interested in that anymore. If people read my blog, so be it. If not, I’ll be glad to look back and see that I started keeping track, little by little, again.
All of that to say: there’s a change of pace coming to the blog. I don’t know how often I’ll be posting. Hopefully once a day on the weekdays. It may be just an image or a video a find intriguing and thought-provoking. It may be a quick thought or a longer post. But I’ve got some work to do in my own thought life that I think can only be managed by writing. Good stuff and bad stuff, mediocre stuff and nerdy stuff.
Here we go.