Pride & Blogging & Humility

Blogging is a funny thing. It seems innocent enough: gather some thoughts, sort them out, post to the web, a few people comment, go to sleep, repeat. I suppose that’s how it should be.

When we started on this journey a mere 74-ish days ago we promised 365 days of writing our thoughts, ideas, hopes, fears, and dreams. So far a lot of that writing has been our fears and thoughts…maybe we’ll get to the ideas and dreams later on? We promised we would faithfully write no matter how many people read or what they said about what we wrote. And it seemed simple enough at the time, I mean, it’s just a silly little blog, who cares?! Surely we won’t get caught up in trivial blogging matters like readership, subscriptions, and pageviews, not us, we’re so wise.

Hah. Then people started reading and we started becoming far more worried about which posts brought the most visitors and where the most pageviews were generated. Honestly, it’s like crack (or what I imagine crack to be like)….watching the pageviews climb (see below), thinking “I am such a good writer, the internets love me! I have Jon Acuff and Carlos Whittaker in my sights, we will soon have the coolest Christian blog in the world!!”

Then I see the other side of that mountain and start thinking “I can’t believe the keys on the keyboard still move when I punch them, I am that atrocious. This blog will never be worthwhile, I’ve seen better writing on AOL instant message chats between middle school girls. Girls who have the same knowledge of apostrophe usage as I have of nuclear fission.”

So needless to say, I need to get my emotions under control. It’s good though, because this blog is teaching me that consistency is key. The mountains and valleys, they will come and they will pass but to remain even-keeled and level-headed, those are lessons that I can use, in real life, in being a husband.

CS Lewis once said: “It is through pride that the devil became the devil, pride leads to every other vice…”

I’d like to see what ‘ol Clive would have done with a blog. Probably never looked at his pageviews…

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I'm an aspiring freelance writer and blogger (which doesn't make a ton of sense when you think about it). I started a blog called Our Marriage Project and one about OSU called Pistols Firing. I love both of them, and I love my wife. And I love Kevin Durant, Explosions in the Sky, Tim Riggins, Blue Moon ale, Twitter, and the state of Georgia.

8 thoughts on “Pride & Blogging & Humility”

  1. I don't know anything about subscriptions, readerships, pageviews, or any other stuff such as those
    things. I just enjoy seeing what each new day will bring from the fertile minds of Jen and Kyle.
    Being a once upon a time photography nut I love the photos at the start of each blog. My favorite
    so far has been the beautiful black and white of the older womans hands and todays run a close
    second. Keep up the good work.

  2. I read, I subsribe, I comment occasionally, and I too am trying to be a consistent writer. I am trying not to care about the facts mentioned here. To write is a burden of love, I sense yours too.

  3. Just so you know…I start my day with you guys. I love the way you both write and your thoughts always make me think. So, keep writing and I'll keep reading!! 😉

  4. Just an observation, but I think your ratio of blog posts about blogging to blog posts about other stuff is suspiciously higher than it should be. I was thinking more like a 10:1 ratio rather than a 4:1 ratio.

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