Don't you just love those facebook statuses? You know, the ones like this: "Eating breakfast." "Just went through the car wash." "Brushed my teeth."You will say the wrong thingif you talk too much--so be sensible and watchwhat you say. (Proverbs 10:19, CEV)
OK, maybe I'm exaggerating. A little. And I'm guilty of that myself, more on twitter than facebook. It does seem that we have all developed a compulsion to share every little detail of our lives. Even the ones that are so routine as to be, by definition, uninteresting to anybody.
But that's forgivable. Hey, it's just a few words and I can skip over it if I want to. To me, the biggest danger of boring people to death online is not the mundane tweet. No, it's writing a blog post without having anything to really say. Writing just because you feel it's time to post again. This is a trap I pray I can keep from falling into.
You see, I've only been blogging for about six months. I began partially because I had so much to say about my experience in Africa. And then I realized that I saw funny or interesting things in life that someone else might want to read about. I enjoy it, and I hope most of you have enjoyed reading it. And then came last night.
I made a big mistake last night. I had some time on my hands, and I looked back and noticed that I had only one post so far this year. Yes, I actually counted the frequency of my posting. Big mistake. And for some reason, I decided that it was "time" to post again.
So, I booted up my Macbook and logged in to blogspot. I sat and thought. And thought. And thought. And then I started to write. Fortunately for the entire free world, I stopped and deleted it. Then I thought some more. And started to write again. Lather, rinse, repeat.
I finally realized, how nuts is this?? I began doing this because I wanted to share interesting, funny, exciting things with my friends; maybe even occasionally something that would help them grow. If I ever - ever - write just to be writing, I need to shut it down.
You know, this applies to life offline as well. How often have I talked just because it seemed the thing to do? To avoid awkward silences? Because I wanted people to know I existed? Just to hear myself talk? The Scripture at the beginning of this post is right on point: we should talk only when we have something to say.
So, you're welcome. I did not expose you to the drivel I tried to write last night. It was horrible and boring - even to me, and it's my life! And if you ever wonder, "Hmmm, why hasn't Donnie posted in a while?" know that it's not because I've stopped blogging. It's because I'm waiting until I have something that I really want to say. Hopefully, that will keep you reading.
No, seriously...you do not have to thank me. :)