When Writers Shouldn’t Blog (a Farewell, for Now)

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I’m taking a break from my blog. I love it, but that’s the problem: I love it a little too much. In this season of life (early motherhood, moving to a new state, The Love Dare), lost in my own learning curves, I’ve lost audience awareness; I’ve slipped into nearly moving my diary online.

But a blogger should write for an audience beyond herself.

The fact is, I don’t have the capacity to write for an audience right now. At least not a blog audience, because a blog audience needs continual attention, much like the husband I am trying to love better; the one-year-old son who needs me constantly; and my God, who hasn’t been hearing much from me lately. (Ouch.)

Since deciding to put my family first, and actually implementing plans to that effect, I haven’t had much free time—but what free time I have has gone to this blog. Consumed with blogging and blogging ideas, I’ve lost the intimate prayer life and the desire to read God’s Word that I had before having a child. So, with the help of Love Dare #23, it’s time to remove this “thing that is hindering my relationship[s], [this] addiction or influence that’s stealing [my] affections and turning [my] heart away from [my] spouse [and my Maker].” It’s time to get re-centered on what’s most important.

But for me not blogging doesn’t mean not writing. While away, I will continue to write. I need to keep writing, in fact, to cope with all the growth and change happening around and within me. I just need to write for awhile without an audience, except my Savior, so I can listen better to him instead of worrying about what readers will think, or how to package my thoughts under a catchy title, or what content will get the most “likes.” I need some quiet time to be raw and real, to pray and journal, and to get back to that “empty notebook” strategy and the “writing to my roots” approach that evoked the germ of this blog and my first memoir—the core message of which I still believe needs an audience. (I’m asking God right now if it’s the right time to revise that memoir yet again…)

In time, I believe I will hit upon another message that deserves an audience–an audience to include (most likely) new mothers, impatient wives, writers, and well-intentioned (but struggling) sons and daughters of God. For now, I am seeking wisdom again, in and for this new stage of life. For now, I need to listen more than I speak; I need to read more than I write; and I need to write more than I blog.

Farewell for now.

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10 thoughts on “When Writers Shouldn’t Blog (a Farewell, for Now)

  1. rainefairy May 5, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Good luck, Lindsey. This piece made me teary.

    • lindseygendke May 5, 2015 / 3:56 pm

      Thanks very much. You must know a little of what I speak…I wish you the best in whatever situation you find yourself!

  2. Luanne May 5, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    Until we meet again . . . . My best to you, Lindsey.

    • lindseygendke May 5, 2015 / 3:55 pm

      Yes, thanks Luanne. I hope to show up around your blog once in awhile, but it’ll be awhile before we talk over here. My best to you, too!

  3. stemgir1 May 5, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    Best wishes – you’ll be missed.

  4. Vinodhini May 6, 2015 / 7:58 am

    So nice to see someone taking real hard decisions and I believe its the spirit working!!! God Bless:)

  5. ccyager May 6, 2015 / 8:10 am

    We’ll miss you! But I totally understand. It’s important to put this in perspective, and NOT feel guilty about not blogging. There is a place and time for each thing in a life….

    All the best, Lindsey, and you and your family will be in my thoughts!
    Cinda

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