The purpose of a blog, of course, is to communicate information. Because of this, I don’t believe that anyone should ever start a blog unless they have something worth writing about. Now, the apostle John once said that if he wrote about all the things that Jesus did, the world itself could not contain the books that would be written (John 21:5). We might say now that if we were to write all about all the things Jesus is doing in the lives of believers, the world wide web itself could not contain the blogs that would be written.
Because of this, it is in a sense true that all Christians everywhere have something worth writing about: God’s work in their lives. I don’t restrict this to clear explicit actions He is taking like miraculous healing, but would also extend it to the things you’re learning as you read Scripture. These might seem obvious or plain to you and to many others, but they may be helpful to someone else. Indeed, even as you learn more about various so-called secular areas (like design for me and perhaps plumbing for someone else) and write about them, this brings glory to the God who thought if all things before we learned anything.
Understand of course that your blog will likely have a limited reach, at least at first. The hour or two each week that you put into blogging may only encourage a person or two a month. That’s no matter. Here are some reasons you should get a blog, even if no one reads it and even if you hate writing.
- Blogging helps to encourage you, since you can look back over the things you’ve been learning.
- Again, even if no one else reads your blog, the act of writing and striving to write well will help you to improve as a writer. I wouldn’t consider myself a talented writer, but nevertheless if I look at my work from a year ago and then again from today, I can see I’ve improved.
- Writing in general will help to clarify your thinking. What seemed perfectly reasonable to you at first may reveal itself to be perfectly absurd once you’ve typed it out on a computer screen (or gotten a few comments).
- Many people hate writing because it is hard. But writing is like exercise. If you’re lifting dumbbells in the metaphorical gym-blog, then when you have to do some heavy lifting in the form of writing an email or some documentation at work, it’s much easier.
- Along the same lines, clear writers tend to be clear speakers. If you’re making an effort to communicate some more complex chains of thought on your blog, you’ll find it easier to teach in your church, in your family, or even just explain how to use a piece of machinery at work.
- If you force yourself to write some posts that are more educational in nature, you’ll find that teaching is an excellent way to learn. I can honestly say my Calvinism and the Rest of It series has taught me more about reformed theology than I could have learned from any book (although I’ve had to read several books along the way).
Those reasons will suffice for now. I should point out that my goal (which I fail at semi-regularly) is to write three posts each week. That’s a lot of work for me given the length of some of my posts. You certainly don’t need to write as much as I do or as long as I do, but I would encourage you to give blogging a try. After all, it’s free.