WOW! I got so many great responses about my previous post! I was very encouraged by what was shared. Just getting a "dialogue" of sorts going through the post made it feel more like a forum and less like I'm speaking into outer space. I'm realizing how important it is to the blogger to get comments and/or emails to create a dialogue. Of course, not every post needs a conversation about it. More than anything, I'm realizing my need to not use blogging as an efficient means of building relationships. (I'm so darn addicted to efficiency!! I hate that!)
This is the consensus on the topic: Blogging is great for a personal scrapbook to share with long distance family (as I have), to share interesting information (like recipes, books, sermons etc) or most importantly (from your responses) it encourages those who feel alone in what they're doing. Blogging is not so good for deepening relationships unless there is a give and take. Beware thinking that you have deep friendships with other bloggers just because you "are in the know" about what they are doing. There's no substitute for good 'ole fashioned visiting in the flesh. So I will continue to blog (so I don't start a riot) and I'll try better to call my friends and family or better yet, stop by for a visit! Let this be a formal invitation to those who have known me before this blog or through this blog, to stop by whenever you're in the neighborhood for a cup of tea on the back porch. We keep all our evenings free so we're available for whatever the Lord wants. Feel free to drop by and let your children run around the farm while we visit. I mean it!!
I also want to thank those of you who read my blog and faithfully comment. That is very good blog etiquette and it has encouraged me many times to keep this blog up. You know who you are!