I ‘m asked frequently, why do you blog? The most simple explanation that appeases people I take from F. Scott Fitzgerald, “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” But, it’s more intricate than that.
My highest motivation in blogging is coming unto Christ, in order to have eternal life, which will only come as we change and discipline our lives.
Reading is a snap, but blogging takes a lot of time. You have the ideas and thinking, the content and syndication, the writing and continual rewriting, to say nothing of the technical, graphical, email and social aspect of it. For many it’s an opportunity to share ideas, make money from advertising, readership or membership. For others it’s a full-time job. Most blogs in the worldly wide web are not original content, just like most of the books today. They either interview and summarize ideas or automatically syndicate content from various sources. They push content in order to create a community. With that community they communicate planned ideas and purposeful advertising. As I say, “the philosophies of men mingled with marketing.” Here are my motivations and experiences with blogging on www.eternal.life
The honeymoon phase of blogging lasted two months. The excitement of taking ideas to reality and starting something new made long hours and painful problems worth it. I rewrote and posted a years worth of content in three months spending two to four hours a day. When the reality of how much time it takes to blog set in and other priorities began to beg for time I had to adjust, simplify and restructure. I have a lifetime of writing and ideas still to share. On eternal.life I only expound and write upon only the most useful of all the material I come across or ideas that cross the wires in my head. You’re getting the meat, most useful, and meaningful messages.
Don’t take the short cut
My attempt is to present references, ideas, recommendations, plans and reasons for others to begin their serious search of the good news, The Gospel, that leads to happiness here and eternal life there. It won’t come from reading a few posts, even though all are filled with quotes from prophets, apostles, and scriptures. It will take you a real journey of a lifetime much like “The Pilgrims Progress” from John Bunyan because there is no shortcut to salvation and it’s never on sale.
When you teach you learn twice
The quickest way to learn anything is to teach it to someone else. As Joseph Joubert famously said, “to teach is to learn twice.” When I take my study of the gospel from the mind to the pen (or keyboard) there is a transformation that happens. I think reading is the learning and writing is the teaching aspect of blogging. It’s not always a pleasant one, but it’s a necessary one. “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made,” Otto von Bismarck. In fact, I’ve learned from writing how bad of a writer I really am. It doesn’t discourage me, rather it encourages me because I know in the doing is the bettering and becoming.
Blogging vs Becoming
With limited time, I’m continually tossed between the choice of searching the scriptures myself or sharing my ideas to the world or all of the other tasks of maintaining a blog. My passion is learning and applying, my hope is Eternal.Life is helpful in your search for Medicine for the Soul.
A Community of Christ
Eternal life is not in a blog, no one is under that illusion. But from the community of Christ we find fellowship and faith to pursue the road that leads to eternal life. “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed ? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14 d
“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves” Galileo
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