Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Dependable Blogger

At first glance, that title seems quite misplaced around this neglected part of the blogosphere. But bear with me a little longer and you'll see just how it fits.

When I first started this blog, it was out of sheer convenience for keeping a multitude of friends and family informed as we navigated the adoption process for the first time. A second short while later, we were adopting again and so the purpose of this blog was once again streamlining communications regarding our adoption.

But if you've been reading here for a while, our most recent adoption has been fraught with ups and downs: We've become first-name-only customers at our local pharmacy. I have the Pediatric Sub specialty Hospital on speed my cell phone. It has taken every ounce of energy of every person on board the ark to get through the longest days and weeks we've faced over the past eight months.

And it's left me with much to think about.

Little things like: Will my laundry room ever be clean again? (answer: probably not)

And big things like: What things can be scaled back (I mean waaaayyyy back)? What things are really important?

Given the squeaky-wheel-nature of a family of seven grade-school and younger children and a frequent-flier husband, I didn't need to wait long for an answer. Hence, the lack of blogging happening around here in this season on the Ark. It was quite clear to me that as soon as my children and family were competing with blogging, it was time for a re-organization of priorities.

The summer will be different, I think. Lazier days and fewer obligations will allow for more time to upload photos and write out thoughts---but maybe not.

I know that breaks every law in the blogging universe. If I want a high-traffic site, I have to maintain it more than once a month. A good blogger is dependable. Reliable. Someone you can count on.

There's truth to that logic, but it stretches far beyond blogging. If I can't be dependable, reliable and someone to count on first and foremost in my home than I was never a very good blogger after all.

What God Will Ask (Blog Version)
by yours truly(with apologies to the original author)

God will not ask you what your Google page rank is, but He will ask where He ranked in your daily life.

God will not ask you if you're powered by Typepad, Wordpress or Blogger, but He will ask if your work was powered by His love for you and for others.

God will not ask you how many followers you had, but He will ask if you followed Him when it mattered most.

God will not ask the size of your Technorati score is, but He will ask the size of your heart for others--especially those whom He has entrusted to you.

God will not ask what the traffic visiting your blog looked like, but He will ask if you took the time to welcome the people who visited your home.

God will not ask if your template was original and creative, but He will ask if you marveled at His perfect, original creation when you looked in the eyes of your child.

God will not ask about the number of blogs you read, but He will ask how much time you spent reading His word.

God will not ask about the number of comments each post received, but He will ask if you made time for conversation when your child or spouse called your name.

God will not ask how important your blog was, but He will ask if through it you just might have found what was truly important.


Stina said...

What a great way to look at it!

scmom (Barbara) said...

All so true. Very nice, Jane. Frankly, I'm glad to know that your priorities are straight -- when you get back to blogging it will be because your home is settled and everyone is well and happy.

Barb, sfo said...

Very true!!
Know that you are always in prayers--I'm often behind on blogging and reading, myself...but I do pray for my blog buddies.
It's nice to see your blog pop up in my reader, but certainly we all understand about family responsibilities. We're all going through our own family stuff. Prayers to the Holy Family to keep yours safe, happy and HEALTHY!

Anonymous said...

I've had so many custody issues in the last year that I rarely blog or even comment anymore. You are not alone and it is completely understood.

Anonymous said...

Aw, Jane, you've been missed! You are right, first and foremost your family, we'll all be waiting here no matter how fequently you post.
I wish I lived closer, I'd gladly come wipe out that laundry pile for you! Know we're thinking of you in CA.

Kathy Fitz and Co.

Becky said...

Well said...but I do miss more of your post and pics too:)

Renee said...

GREAT post! :o)

Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" said...

I love this post, Jane. xo xo xo Cat ^..^

Sarah said...

Excellent perspective! Thanks for sharing!

Eileen said...

I think I'm going to print this one out and post it next to my monitor. Well said, and thanks for the reminder!

It hardly matters how often you post,by the way, if when you do it's as dead-on as this one!!! :)

It's always a joy to come here, Jane, no matter how often (or not) you manage to put your thoughts into words. As long as you put 'em out there, I'll be by to check 'em out!