Emotions Lifestyle Reflection

What Does Blogging Actually Accomplish?

I’d like to think that at some point my blog had a powerful effect on someone, and I think it did…on me. I’m not convinced that it’s good for anything else though, and at this point (for a long time now) I’ve wondered whether or not it’s good for me.

I’ve discussed a lot of topics over the years, and I’ve received a lot of amazing comments and insights from people, many of whom have similar goals and desires. I love communicating on various levels with people who live differently than I do. Rarely do I have a desire to change anyone’s mind (on my blog or in person,) but I do like engaging and widening my perspective.

My last post, in which I respectfully shared my views (apart from my title hook) made me think about whether or not my voice is benefitting anyone (myself included,) and the answer, at least in this case, is no.

I stand by the things I said, but what good does it do to come here and share my opinion? Everyone has one; why do I blog about mine? I started to keep myself accountable not caring whether anyone ever read it or not, then I continued because I enjoyed the constant onslaught of encouragement and attention. Now I do it because sometimes I have things to say, recognizing that not many will see it anyway.

I like to share my thoughts, views and opinions, but my goal has never been to hurt anyone in the process. As an American I have a right to say whatever I want to say, and I think it’s only fair for those who demand tolerance to offer it equally. Having that right doesn’t mean that I should always act on it, and the fact is, I rarely do.

It’s fine to disagree with me. I don’t share my thoughts here to elicit specific thoughts or opinions. I share them because they’re my thoughts and opinions. We are facing some serious issues in this country, and it’s important to acknowledge them. It’s even more important to do something constructive to change it, and I’m actively trying to do that in my community.

I have a separate blog to talk about what God’s doing in my life, but the same message applies here. Colossians 3:17 says,

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

It’s pretty clear than I have a right to share my thoughts and opinions, but I need to be more conscious about what I feel and why I do. I’m asking God to change my heart, to help me see myself and others the way He sees me. He offers grace, mercy, forgiveness and a clean slate. I want to be the kind of person who does the same, so if my last post hurt you, I’m sorry.

Until next time…

 

 

 

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2 Comments

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    Connie
    August 16, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Your banner bothers me!!! You used pink nail polish instead of an earth tone which I am more fond of—– Not really. I think it’s cute even though I’m not fond of pink.

    I did notice though that is says “Words by Kenlie”. Not words by Tom, Dick, or Harry…. Woops, those were all male names! I’m probably in trouble! (and by using those names I’m also showing my age…)

    I rarely comment but last week I read your post and I wrote a BIG reply but deleted it before posting. I have a lot to say, but this is your blog and I think you are within your rights to post whatever you feel like posting. The day I feel offended…I’ll quit reading.

    I think today it must be in style to be generally pissed about everything!

    I think you are very gracious to offer apologies for only saying what you think and feel. I saw no where in last weeks post or this weeks post where your were insensitive. In day to day life we have to walk on egg shells so as not to offend anyone… yet no matter what, someone out there will be offended. BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE!!! So be it!

    I applaud you for speaking your mind on YOUR blog!

    • Reply
      Kenlie
      August 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      Thanks, Connie.

      There’s a fine line between apologizing for how I feel, (which would be ridiculous) and apologizing if my statements about it hurt anyone.

      I definitely stand by what I said, but it does make me sad to think so many people are walking around perpetually upset.

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