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Feeding the monster

crocAs I began this week, the prospect of blogging struck me as a foul burden.  For some reason the phrase 'feeding the monster' flashed across my semi-wakened consciousness.

Has it come to this?  Blogging is now a beast to be placated?

I have over 60 draft posts in some state of readiness for publication.  One of them is an outline for a 50 part series.  There's stuff from my website I could post.  There are many sermons I've yet to upload.  There are quotes that have blown me away recently.  But I can't be bothered with any of it.  Who knows if this will see the light of day.

 

Blahhhh.

 

And blogging is freely entered into.  It should not be like a career ladder whose first rung we eagerly grasped but whose upper reaches ensnare us.  Blogging doesn't pay the bills.  And it's not some covenanted relationship I've undertaken before the Lord or His people.  Still - at times it feels like feeding the monster.

We are not held captive by foreign overlords.  Our own desires enslave us.

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0 thoughts on “Feeding the monster

  1. Glen

    You're not the monster. The monster is self-generated expectations. And my posts aren't the food. I am. Chew on that!

    Ok... enough melodrama. Thank you for your encouragements :)

  2. Bobby Grow

    Hey, you're starting to sound like me, Glen! I feel the same way . . . blogging has been a love/hate thing for me, for a few yrs now ;-).

  3. codepoke

    Careful, Glen.

    I started thinking this way about a year ago, and it led to some brand new thoughts on electronic ministry - very dark thoughts. These days I get almost irritated when blogging consumes 15 minutes of a given day. I have two posts in the hopper, and that's about 20 times more than I've been averaging for the last 6 months.

    As much as I love the way the saints are exploring new thoughts and sharing ideas out here, thoughts and ideas are about 2% of the Christian life. Blogging is like free multi-vitamins, and we've started depending on vitamins more than food. A vitamin or two is a good thing, but a diet built around multivitamins is a poor diet.

    I think dedicated bloggers eventually come to the end of the cycle because it occurs to them they're feeding only the barest sliver of their own need for human contact, and doing only a little more for their readers. You're a mega-dedicated blogger, and I have a pretty good idea how much flesh the posts you create extract from your rather slender frame. If you bring this subject up again, I'm likely to suggest radical blog withdrawal.

    Either way, Lord bless.

  4. Glen

    Tim,
    Simple - I get Emma to do my job.

    Bobby,
    Yeah - you must really hate blogging. I don't know anyone who's closed down as many of their own blogs as you ;-)

    Code,
    Careful - you're making a lot of sense...

  5. Gav

    Glen, I only discoverd blogging because I came across from your website. You posts and papers have shown me so many truths.

    If it wasnt for people like you and Bobby blogging: I would still be entertaining macro-evolution and billions of years of evolution. I wouldnt have a daily opportunity to engage with christains and be challenged daily in my christian growth.

    Code might be right to a degree but its hard to be with other church members daily and this is an excellent way. Blogging breaks isolation and increases contact.

    If all good christians stayed out of the bloggosphere, what opportunities does this offer satan?

    Thanks heaps for your blog Glen.

  6. Otepoti

    A side benefit is that you get prayed for.

    Occasionally.

    (And Emma, too, for that matter.)

    :-)

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