The enemies of blogging

Blogging has many enemies.  I’ve been doing it for a few months and posted over 60 entries.  The battle, however, is how to make time to write a blog post.  I blog 3-4 times a week, but have friends that post daily, or even multiple times a day.  Perhaps, I’ll get there someday, but it’s hard to imagine how with all the enemies that attempt to thwart my blogging prospects.

During the summer, a big enemy is the lawn.  Right now, our grass is about 12 inches high and the dandelions are back.  Both blogging and mowing typically occupy my late afternoon slot.  Neither the lawn or the blog are apparently getting the attention they deserve.

Another enemy is my family.  If I could just manage to ignore them, I’d have a chance to reach that 7 times a week threshold.  (I’m speaking only about myself here and not suggesting that bloggers who post more frequently than me ignore their families.)  But I have too much fun playing ping-pong with my teenage sons, or watching part of a video with them in the evening.

I also coach soccer in the fall (and basketball in the winter).  Perhaps, if I were to stop coaching my sons’ sports teams, I’d have more time for blogging (and their teams would have a better record).  Although, the forecast for the weekend is rain, which may mean games get washed out, which would then give me more blogging time.  Since I spend most of my life with Christians (at seminary, at church, at InterVarsity events), coaching is my only forum for interacting regularly with people outside my Christian “ghetto”.

Sometimes my blog just needs to lose the battle.  (Although, the blog is winning at this moment, and the lawn losing–it’s raining.)

Hoping to see Moneyball tomorrow with the family (which may prevent me from blogging).

What “enemies” does your blogging (reading, writing, posting) have? 


  1. I wouldn’t worry – I suspect that the readers of blogs have as many ‘enemies’ to spending time reading blogs – I reckon it balances itself out!

  2. My ministry, family, the weight room, phone, ipad, tv, bike, kayak, dog, zumba class – can all be enemies. Rainy days, teenage children who often abandon me on the weekend, weekend silent retreats in my cabin in the middle of nowhere, a husband who will proof read and encourage me are all essential to the health and well being of my blog.

    Every now and then someone will actually leave a comment saying that what I wrote touched them in some way and that is the greatest friend my blog could have.

    I often wonder if it is worth it. If I would do more good focusing locally on the people in my ministry and my family and forget about trying to shape those outside my little circle. The jury is still out on that question. I go back and forth – one day my blog is a platform that can change the world and some days it seems to be the big fat waste of time.

    My blog is healthiest when I am inspired. My family and my ministry are my inspiration. To ignore them would be the ultimate downfall of my blog.

    Thanks for sharing this post…it was a fun way of voicing what we all feel.

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