Every blogger has their own motivation(s) for writing and every person has their own opinions on blogs in general. Plat-forming? Narcissism? Cry for help? Boredom? Loneliness? Business-building? Charity?
I am not even going to try to get into the entanglement of all my motivations for blogging, but I am clear on a few things.
#1 – I don’t write to garner support…although sometimes that does happen and I welcome it. I think I can write more openly and freely as I go along because I do have amazing support in my life. Amazing people, primarily. People that love me in the brokenness, in me and around me, and see through all the BS to who I really am. People that free me up to be real and so really heal.
#2 – I don’t write for advice. Although I am open to feedback and sometimes ask for it, I have got plenty of information at my fingertips. Good healthcare, spiritual friends, counselors, family. I really don’t need any more advice, spiritual or otherwise. I find that when I want to give advice, it is to fix someone and I am not writing to be fixed. Real help, I am open to; advice, I am not. Except in some areas – like my broken water heater, or what color I should paint my dining room, or if I really should follow the coral-color lipstick trend…so maybe I will share a Daily Dilemma or two…
#2 – I want more stories about the broken places, in the actual broken places. And the Life that springs up there. I live in a culture (White, Middle Class, Christian) that tells a lot of stories of triumph and healing – but mostly after the fact. And only victorious ones. There is a natural propensity to isolate, and therefore self-protect, when life is up-side-down, but I believe that Grace allows us to be more free in our most broken places - in the midst - messy emotions and bodies and humanity and all. I could use a little more story-telling like that in my life.
And so I set the stage to blog a bit more about the last couple of months in my Last Best Year, and all the joy and sorrow in it.