Blogging is hard.
Seriously. I find it to be a challenge. There are many other things in my life that I prefer to spend my time on (though it’s arguable that I shouldn’t be spending as much on them) instead of this site. As a result, I often find that I want to talk about things–even if it’s only with a phantom audience of readers who may or may not be here–but I find myself away from the keyboard, in the middle of something else, or some other situation that causes me to delay writing.
So, today I wanted to reflect for a moment on why I even both; on why I want to try to write more and why I became a part of the Pagan Blog Project this year.
It’s also a bit of a cop-out because I didn’t have any really solid “B” words to talk about otherwise.
Blogging == Self-Reflection
Primarily, I think I blog as a form of self-reflection; as a form of modern, digital contemplative practice. It becomes a time during which I try to focus on one specific topic to the exclusion of others and to limit distractions while thinking deeply about the topic at hand. While I am seated, I think most people wouldn’t think of it as a meditative practice, but most people aren’t technowitches!
When I originally started blogging, this was the reason I did it. Not to try to describe my faith practices (such as they are) to others or to educate people on the intricacies of some topic-of-the-day, but instead simply to explore my own thoughts and to order them for myself and for anyone who stumbled across them.
Blogging == Conversation
But, sometimes that’s not enough. Part of what makes blogging so wonderful is that I can be chatting with someone in Australia about a shared interest in religious humanism (though I prefer the term spiritual humanism) and the next moment, debating the opinions of another blogger with respect to their topic. These are conversations that could not have happened before the Internet, especially within Paganism which, depending on one’s geographic location, may have been largely inaccessible without a digital interface to the rest of the world.
Blogging == Community
And, these conversations form a community. We see it within the Pagan Blog Project to some degree. I’ve already added a number of people to my RSS reader whose posts in previous weeks have been thought-provoking in one way or another. As I read the posts of others and as they (hopefully) read my posts, we create a group of people who have some understanding of each other. In the case of the PBP, perhaps we were already nominally in community with each other based on our religious decisions, but blogging helps us see the people behind the label and to get to know them even if only a little bit.
How about you?
Why do you blog? Do you agree that it’s a form of contemplative work?