Don’t worry, that’s not a commentary on myself. Like, I hear many voices in my head. I promise … all good here. The many voices I am referring to are the ones online.
I often wonder if it’s even worth the time and effort to blog because my voice is just one in a sea of so vast a crowd. Why should anyone want to read what I have to say. Who am I that a reader would take time out of their day to ponder what I have to say? Especially when there are so many great writers out there with great things to say?
The answer I come up with is personal. Simply, I don’t know. I don’t know why anyone would want to read my posts. I do however know why I keep writing and why I am going to keep blogging. Because I love it. Because I can, it’s a freedom I very much enjoy.
I think the challenge then is to be a voice that people want to hear. I don’t mean being the voice that people want to hear by following a formula that will put your blog in the top 500 …. I mean being a voice people want to hear because the content of the words add something good to them. I have things to say and there is a right and good way to do that. Staying true to my convictions and ever evolving writing style is what I try to do. Francis Chan has a great reminder about how that works in his book Letters to the Church.
Social media gives everyone a voice, so everyone chooses to raise theirs. Voices are plentiful; followers are not. Strong opinions are applauded; humility is not.Francis Chan – Letters to the Church
Right? Voices are plenty, follower are not. Strong opinions are applauded; humility is not. That is so true. I am seeing so many strong opinions voices all over social media, and then the resulting comments and the unnecessary conflict. Voicing an opinion is good, comments can be great, but these all need to be seasoned with humility.
Nowadays, people are eager to fight. Many are on edge, waiting for anyone to misspeak so they can pounce. It is in this environment that the Lord tells us to be eager to maintain unity.Francis Chan – Letters to the Church
I love this quote because it’s a great description of where I feel things are at right now in the social media realm. So much of what you read is not meant for unity, it’s meant to divide. Opinions shared without humility or even making sure the facts are straight. If the facts are straight, presented in a way that focuses on the letter, not the spirit. Nothing is black and white, and no side is every fully aware of all the details. It takes humility to understand that you do not know everything, your opinion is just an opinion and that if you truly understood your place in this great big universe, you might not be so quick to speak. I know, I have to tell myself this every day. I am the biggest offender when it comes to pride.
I find I learn my lessons best when I teach them to someone else. So reading posts like this one from me is very telling. They are a dead giveaway about what I am struggling with. 🙂