Tuesday, December 20, 2011

One Blog, Two Blog, Three Blog, Four

Your blog is your unedited version of yourself.
~Joshua Porter

Some friends of mine have more than one blog. To be honest, I have more than one myself, but the other two...well, I just never got around to starting them so I have them in name only, so to speak. One was to be devoted to homeschooling and the other was to be a daily devotional...but there is not one post on either one of them.

I frequently warn my readers that I am a mass of conflicted ideas. I like to organize, set up schedules, and even compartmentalize...but I get bored with the daily maintenance of keeping things organized, I tire of routines quickly, and I often feel compartments are too disconnected. Bottom line, I like setting up blogs, but I barely have enough motivation or time to keep up with just one...so how would I do three or even just two?

Knowing this about myself, I was surprised some weeks ago that I was again thinking that some people might be more interested in just homeschooling and less about the journaling of my daily life. Maybe I would snag more readers if I organized my blogs according to these main interests...it always sounds like a good idea. I have added book and product reviews because I enjoy doing them, but I was thinking that these things should have a separate blog perhaps. I recently disclosed one of my gifts and some of my thoughts on healing--a very big leap for me fearing I would yet again lose friends or at least readers. Oh, what about my favorite recipes, face painting, and art projects?

The more I thought about having multiple blogs, the more indecisive I became. Most people who have more than one usually do majority of their posting on one and the other(s) are not given much attention. Sometimes I wish I would just go have a talk with my Lord about such things first. I would waste much less time and spend time better focusing on what is important to Him. At some point I finally did that and God told me simply I am who I am. I am a Christian, a wife, a mother, a homeschooling parent, a writer (and blogger), a healer, an artist, a health and fasting advocate, and more. You see, the real thing was that I wanted to put that healer thing in another blog with a different identity, and even though I would disclose to some of my close friends of the other blog, I would (in my mind) still have a wall of secrecy about the whole thing.

Did my Lord think that was a good idea too? No. Why would He give a gift to any person and wish it to be hidden? How can God be glorified with gifts kept in secret?

As I read the first chapters of Healing is a Choice, a book I will review later, I had one of those moments of realization when I could see something from a differing perspective as if I were seeing if for the very first time. I was reading about how God always used people to bring about healing, that there was a connection between people for healing to occur. Throughout the book, thus far, connection is a key theme to all healing. I see this as an answer to a question that has plagued me for years.

Does God need people to heal people? Probably not any more than He needs us to pray when He already knows our needs better than we do, but how would it glorify Him if ordinary people could not do extraordinary things in His name?

My blog is ordinary and not popular, but it is about this one ordinary woman with many interests, gifts, talents, thoughts, beliefs, fears, desires, hopes, worries, activities, and duties, who has at times been a part of some very extraordinary things. If I separate the extraordinary from the ordinary, how can it really glorify God? How can I show people the gifts of the Spirit are real in the here and now if I do not use them or tell others about them? How can I help others to learn to listen to God if I keep silent about what my Lord has said to me? If I never report any of the signs and visions I have been given, who will believe God gave them and praise Him for answers to prayers?

~ My Lord, blogging has been one of those things that I hope I do to glorify You. Please let it continue to do so on this one ordinary blog. ~

8 comments:

  1. Ganeida, that is all you had to say? I hoped I wrote at least some things worth some deeper thought.

    Well, obviously I am listening up because some things are changing around here...mostly within me. Things for which I have prayed. Blogging has been part of the question also, so something about it may change also.

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  2. Well, if you want blog posts in your comments section...?

    I like a mix of different sorts of posts myself & I believe it was you who told me I couldn't cut me up into little bits & post me round the cypersphere. Good advice. I seem to be taking it. ☺

    I sorta remember having this conversation. I think we reached some profound conclusions at the time. Just one thing ~ don't stop blogging all together. I know I'm weird but I like being able to hear how people think ~ which is what writing is & why the best writers don't try to be what they're not.

    It is wet & I'm suppossed to go to the mainland today. Hmmm. Reconsidering......We have a cyclone forming.

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  3. I do not think I will be quitting blogging, but perhaps it will be changing...just because I am.

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  4. Popularity is not all it's cracked up to be. My daughter desperately wanted more readers to her blog. All I can say is, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. I'm still picking up the pieces after one of her posts was misinterpreted.

    I could never compartmentalize my thoughts to keep several blogs going. I wasn't even good at dual posting when I changed blog locations. The way I see it, I blog the way I do everything in my life. That is, holistically.

    Thank you for your recent comment!

    Peace and Laughter, Have a lovely Christmas!

    P.S.- Your blog is not ordinary. :o)

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  5. Cristina, I want to thank you for being a messenger from my Lord bringing confirmation to me! I was just writing a post to this blog last night, which I did not post, about how my daughter has been begging for me to help her start up a blog. My husband is very much against it for such a reason and other very good ones. He is even cautious even about me having one. He feels anything in writing can be used against you, but he married someone who writes. He also realizes he has a daughter who writes, but it will not be in this form at this time. Anyway, we just talked about this when we went to bed just minutes before you posted your comment here. God is good all the time!

    Oh, and next time I order anything from Amazon, your book will along with it! In fact...well, I will keep that as a surprise.

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  6. I'm glad I could help with such a difficult decision! I had her blog set so that all her comments came to me before they posted. That's how I realized there was an issue. If I did it over, I would have put her settings on highest privacy. You can control privacy settings so that only certain people can view it, like family or trusted friends, by your invitation. Of course, my daughter wanted people to see what she's done. The problem with being a writer is you need people to read your work. :o) If it is any consolation, she has had her blog over a year and we never had an issue until now.
    Merry Christmas, and I hope you enjoy my book!

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  7. I need to comment in here as both my girls have had blogs at different times & being the technologically advanced person I am [lol] I never twigged that there were different privacy settings & God was very good. We have never had issues on any of our blogs [not even mine] ~ & a good thing as I deal so poorly with controversy. Yet others I know, who are far more circumspect in what they post seem to attract the controversial sorts. I am very clear in my comments section I won't tolerate rudeness. So unnecessary. I have deleted the odd comment but in over 5 years that's not something I'd complain about. Rambling. Sorry. Going now.

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