I toyed with the idea of turning off the comments on this blog a few weeks ago. Not because of anything negative that had happened, and honestly not because of anything overwhelmingly viral either. Blogging is changing, and comments aren’t as frequent as they used to be and so I simply wondered if it would matter. So many well known bloggers have comments turned off, maybe it’s just the thing to do.
If no one is taking time to leave comments, would it matter if they no longer could?
I find myself doing what everyone else is doing, especially now that I spend the majority of my hours immersed in social media and blogging. I read fewer blogs that mean more to me – the ones written by friends, the ones that speak truth and integrity and challenge. I no longer have a huge list of “must read because they’re well-known and it’s the thing to do” blogs.
But I read them on my phone. You’re maybe reading this in your email. And I click over to the post from an engaging Tweet or inspiring Instagram and I take, but I don’t respond. Or I’ll contact a friend privately and let her know how much her words meant to me through Voxer or email. I invest in my current community, but I haven’t made much of an effort to engage in any new conversations.
Community can’t happen without conversations.
I need the dialogue, the chatter back and forth about a shared dream or encouragement to keep going. I love giving women the opportunity to connect beyond state lines and time zones and connect as new friends simply because we’re all living our everyday, ordinary lives together.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Maybe blog comments and link-ups are changing. Maybe what we’re sharing online is changing, and our lives and the way we engage with one another is changing. Maybe you’re looking around at what she’s doing, or how they’re blogging, or what they’re writing about, or the project she’s leading and you’re wondering if you should try it, too.
Whatever it is, let’s first fix our attention on God. The same way I felt in my heart that the opportunity to cultivate conversation was more important that making the popular blogging decision, you’ll know your answer, too. Pause, wait quietly for God to lead, and then take action.
Let’s live and write and work from a place of God-centered planning.