Why do I insist in blogging? Why do I attempt to write in a language that is not mine? I am terrible at it! Even in my native tongue, I am the worst writer you could find. And yet, I continue with this endeavor. Let me tell you the reason and purpose of it.
Looking through my library you will learn, quickly, several things about me. The more evident would be the fact that I do love books. And then, you will notice my favorite topics: theology, chess, tech / creativity… and writing. In English.
A review of my electronic books would further convince you of my desire to learn about the art of using the written word to communicate ideas. But you would just need to read one of my pieces to see the discrepancy: my writing is not that good, considering all the resources invested in its improvement.
Why blogging, then?
At the present – and after years of being at it – this blog has not grown. There is no (current) audience, tribe, following or whatever the current buzz word may be. You would find more activity at any other place than at my analytics page. And nope, the idea of monetizing this blog is not even close to a crazy dream.
Why, then, should I continue speaking into this empty portion of cyberspace?
The main reason is this: God has told me to do so.
Yes, I said. The Triune God of the Universe has told me the story of redemption He is weaving in me is something worth writing about.
Nothing else matter.
Writing, blogging, creating content is – for me – and act of obedience.
Blogging is a good way for the LORD to keep me humble and focused on Him, which is easier when success – as defined by us – is not present.
Am I saying this just because success is not here? If I had enough of a following, that some amount of money were trickling down, would that change my opinion about this whole thing?
I do not know.
But this I know: I am content.
I will continue working on this call God has for me, but I need external approval or affirmation, less and less.
He has changed me to the point that my purpose in blogging can be summarized with these two passages from Scripture:
This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful. – 1 Cor.4:1-2
The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth. – Eccl.12:10
It’s not about my legacy. It’s not about “leaving something behind” for others to remember me. Could that happen? Could these badly written blog posts serve others to know God better? May be. But that is totally up to Him.
Just like everything else.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity.