Ok, so apparently in order to set up an account with bloglovin’, I am required create a new post with the above link in it. So BOOM baby, it’s at the top. I almost didn’t even write this post, because if you’ve read my recent ones, I’m trying to focus the writing and not fussing over the expectations of a blog. Yet even this set up process offered a moment of reflection. As I was researching how to ensure my AWESOME followers over at WordPress.com wouldn’t be lost in the new site shuffle, I was overloaded with suggestions and promptings to set up accounts here and there and everywhere.
Now, I used to be the tech support voice on the other end of the line when your flip phones were acting up, so I thought I was at least semi-internet savvy. Never before was I so acutely aware that not only was out of the technological loop, but Antarctica style. Out in my naive tundra I thought, “Well a Facebook page plus a Pinterest account is all you really need”…frozen crickets….”right?” Nope, apparently you need to be able to tweet, to plus one, to pin, to like, to vine, to gram instantly and who knows what else. You can’t even post without an image or it’ll get lost in the shuffle. Cue image:
The ever present voice of insecurity honestly wanted to bail, to just give up because there are just TOO many expectations and I’m probably gonna fail anyways. Sure, I tried to sugar coat it with “Well I don’t want to let anyone down, so I should just quit before too many people start following.” WOW…did you see that PRIDE swoop in to rationalize the sabotage that would shelter my self hatred? YES there is way more to blogging that I anticipated. YES it is time consuming. Wanna know something else? YES, it will take some discipline. And THAT is why, ladies and gentlemen, I hope to continue writing.
How am I to give my children that which I do not possess? You see, I have always struggled with discipline. Responsibility is no problem, I always get the job done (hmmm I might need to probe that more later), but I have never mastered pacing myself. Even on the track team, I would run until I cramp and walk, everyone would pass me up snickering, then I’d rally myself and sprint again coming in only second or third. It works for the 800 meter, but is a horrible and stressful way to approach life.
So what does that have to do with social media? Learning about all the connections along with blogging, will take time, effort and discipline. Am I excited that as a society we prefer scrolling feeds to a conversation that unravels? Or that it seems an idea or concept’s validity is directly proportional to the number of likes, or retweets, or stats? Of course not, but if I can be honest with myself as I use social media, then perhaps I will have the potential to reach and encourage more people. Because the truth is, when it comes to setting up your blog (or anything else in life), the only application you absolutely NEED, is God’s grace. If we can remember to apply His truth, love and acceptance to whatever lay before us, then we’ll be in good shape.
”And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9
What about you, any discipline tips out there? What struggles do you face with social media? What are some great ways connecting virtually has really enriched your life? How do you pace yourself? Remember, we’re in this race together, so let me know your thoughts in the comments 🙂