Double exposure and the neurotic blogger

I don’t really know how other bloggers go about their craft. I only know this one and her process is easily summarized: write, worry, edit, worry, write, worry, edit, worry, publish, worry.

Neurotic, much?

I love the writing process, really I do, but I would not say it is an easy one. In fact, writing is for me labor and I mean that in both senses of the word: it is a work and it is a birthing. Should I confess to you how long it’s taken me to write these three or four sentences you would no doubt tell me to pick up another hobby, knitting or jogging or something.

So why do I blog? Why this hobby and not something easier, something not quite so demanding, something where I can remain quiet and hidden in my comfortably anonymous introversion?

I don’t really know why. I blog because I blog and sometimes I don’t blog (case in point: the three month hiatus earlier this year). When I do write it is because I have something I want to say and it is usually this: Jesus saved me and I love Him and I want you to love Him too.

Along those lines, I have the privilege of posting both at Out of the Ordinary and Desiring Virtue today. Yep, it’s double exposure! At Out of the Ordinary, I consider the lament over women’s voices in the evangelical world as I share about the faithful and enduring voices of godly women the Lord used in my spiritual journey to teach me and encourage me. Check out my post Sisters, we are not muzzled.

At Desiring Virtue, Jessalyn is hosting a series focusing on Easter. Yes, she knows Easter was a couple of weeks ago but she’s asking a good question: how does Easter affect the way I live today? It’s a great series. I write about expectations and ongoing failure and grace and the freedom Easter promises in Because of Easter…I am free.

And now I lay aside this labor to pick up something slightly less laborious. The laundry most likely, and the dirty dishes in the sink.

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Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

8 thoughts on “Double exposure and the neurotic blogger”

  1. Hi Lisa, Thank you for this post. I am in my first year of blogging and I struggle with the same fears. When I felt God calling me to blog my first thought was “I am not a writer”. But God showed me how it is an extension of what He has called me to in my love for teaching His word and wanting others to know Jesus and to encourage them in their walk.
    Thank you for what you do and the encouragment you are to others!

  2. I understand what you feel, Lisa. Most of the time (including my next post at Out of the Ordinary, which may or may not materialize) blogging makes me feel the same way as I did when I was in junior high, walking into the classroom and having all the cool kids turn my way and say, “and what are YOU doing here?”

    Sometimes, knowing I can do laundry is infinitely comforting.

    1. We are kindred spirits then. I totally get the junior high analogy. I either feel like I don’t belong or ignored altogether and I can’t decide which is the more uncomfortable. šŸ™‚

      The laundry may be perpetual but it is generally something I have accomplished by the end of the day and that in itself is its own comfort, like you said.

  3. Isn’t it interesting that the ones who do so well are the ones who feel the most insecure?! I love your writing. But then, I probably wouldn’t like it nearly as much if you weren’t so humble.

  4. Personally, I’d pick up a book! ;v)

    Please don’t ever stop laboring to write. Your posts always touch something inside of me especially when I know how hard you work to put them out there.

    1. So, maybe I did pick up a book and let the laundry lie… šŸ™‚

      Thank you for your encouragement, Susanne. Our blog paths crossed many years ago and it means a lot to me to have you still visiting and commenting!

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