I mostly just get from one day to the next, sometimes remembering to take milestone photos of the kids for the few family members who read. I get on my soapbox from time to time – too much for some people. I play show and tell occasionally. I do the “guess what funny thing Johnny said”. I note the passing of feasts, fasts and seasons, but not consistently.
But other than keeping distant family updated there’s nothing useful about any of this. Certainly nothing needed, edifying. Nothing filling any kind of gap. The problem is, once you’ve been doing this for a while (a little over two years in this case), you can get the mistaken impression that what you write matters. When, of course it doesn’t. A holy man once said, “Imagine you died two weeks ago. How much of any of this matters now?” Well, none of it. Very wise words.
I look at a generous number of blogs. Way too many, to be honest. Some of these are “family blogs”. I enjoy keeping up with people. Some of them are “news blogs”. They filter through the news so I don’t have to. Some of them are “creative blogs”. They show all kinds of things I wish I could do. Plus, they’re pretty and a nice escape. Some are more specialized: “feminine blogs”, “funny blogs”, “theological blogs”. The only kind I really don’t read with any regularity are “introspective blogs”.
I’ve tried to keep up a “one post a day” discipline for a while now. Sometimes there’s more than one, depending, but not usually of any substance. The thing is, I can’t now think of any reason to keep up with it. If I were writing anything of any importance then it would be different, but I’m not. I find myself admiring the people who post once a week at most and only when they’ve got something to say. I have the distinct feeling they don’t worry much over blog popularity or readership.
So if you don’t see many posts, it’s not that I haven’t recovered (I’m getting there) or have fallen off the face of the earth. If I think of anything to say, or anything happens that would be interesting to share, then I’ll post it. I think I’ll sit around and reflect on those wise words for a while.