My blog life has been fickle. I’ll admit that. I’ve gone organizing blog, crafty blog, mommy blog, admitted to being not sure what I want, and then taking an almost full year break from blogging. I spilled out my heart in this post when I wanted to quit the internet. So yeah, you could say I have a bit of blog multiple-personality-disorder. But I think the sentiment in that last post really got me thinking about how blogging is more about connection for me than anything. Yes, blogging wouldn’t be blogging without topics, pictures, and all the things I love, but at the end of the day, isn’t it all about connecting screen-to-screen with people who might chance saying, “Yes, me too,”?
When I took a break from social media for lent this year, I knew that checking my phone every two seconds was the push for taking this pause. I learned a lot of things over this break about myself, God, life, and was able to read more books instead of surf the tiny squares of Instagram. Many good things came from taking a step back, but I also had a realization about social media. What it does for me.
Social media is community. Unless you look for meet-ups in your city, there is no where that you can connect with people who share the same likes, hobbies, season of life, eating habits, etc. as quick as you can with a simple hashtag search on Instagram. Want to connect with other moms? Just search #motherhood and you’re connected. Are you a designer? Simply look up #designerprobs and you’ve found the people who get it. Want DIY inspiration? The hashtag #DIY has over 16 million images on Instagram.
Sure, its easy to get lost in the sea of social media and the pitfalls that come along. But one thing I realized when on my break was that I missed people, friends that I had made online. People I didn’t see every day. I missed reading little snippets from them. Hearing about their moments. And while I don’t think social media is a replacement for in-person friendships (not even by a longshot!), I do find value in the connections I’ve made there.
So what does this mean for my online life? I still want to engage in the Word, I still love story, and yet there is so much more in my mind’s eye that encompasses a grace filled life. Its Jesus, connection, and for me, its also making a space of peace and beauty in my home. Its self-care. Its therapy. So I guess I’ll be writing a little more broadly, but still focused.
I’m sure no one cares..and I’d be surprised if you’ve read this far! ha! But if you have, I’m so glad to have you and am honored you’d spend a few minutes with me today. Be blessed!