Blogging is not for everybody. Some people rightly hesitate to develop or host a blog. Some may feel that blogging would promote too much pride in their heart and life. Others may sense the gravity and power of writing and are therefore reluctant to write publicly. Still others may not consider blogging a good use of their time.
Each of these three reasons are legitimate. I would suggest that a person should forego blogging if they find their pride inflamed by writing their thoughts publicly. I respect those who realize how powerful writing is and therefore keep themselves out of the arena altogether. I also understand the struggle to correctly align priorities and decide on how to best use one’s time. But I wonder—I just wonder—if some are kept from blogging, not because their are humble, but because they are proud.
Too proud to blog? The question almost doesn’t make sense. It seems like it would be the other way around, like the person who declines to blog because they are afraid of how public recognition for their writing will stir up sinful pride. It seems like pride is what might drive someone to start a blog—they think their thoughts are so worthy of public attention they can’t wait to enlighten others with their wisdom.
This is probably the case with some. But I would like to suggest that perhaps others keep themselves from blogging because they are afraid of having their thoughts challenged and examined and critiqued and criticized. They fear having their errors pointed out, their illogical sentences scrutinized, and their fuzzy thinking confronted. Perhaps some people think they are such excellent writers and thinkers, they can not stand the thought of encountering any evidence that proves otherwise.
One of the benefits I see with blogging is the opportunity to receive comments and feedback. Comments (if we are willing to hear them) can help us approach our writing with greater care help us develop our ideas more fully. Receiving comments and feedback about what we write will guard us from error and from pride, and will actually serve to strengthen our writing and hone our thinking. On the other hand, the person who thinks he is a great writer already will, in reality, never get any better because does not consider the comments of others worthy of his attention.
So, are you too proud to blog? It may be the case that you should not start a blog because you know the ill-effects it could have on your spiritual life, or because you are not ready to bear the responsibility of writing, or because you do not believe it would be a good use of time. But perhaps it something else.