It took me nearly a year to admit in public that I have a blog. There's a funny little look people give you when they find out that you blog. Especially if they aren't very active online. I think the perception is that you are publishing your private diary online for everyone in the entire world to read.
Clearly not true because some people in Africa don't have internet access.
I don't have a problem emailing a link to a post I've written or putting my url in our family Christmas letter. But to tell someone face-to-face that I have a blog...well....I get all shy about it. And God help Michael if I ever find out HE'S told someone about the blog. I need every detail of the conversation and I must be reassured that he kept the expectations very, very low. I nearly passed out when I found out he'd told his songwriting friend, Matt, in Georgia, whom I've never met!
I totally love my blog. It's my creative outlet and my family record. But the whole confidence thing has taken a little while to develop. Someday I'm going to be proud of my blog. Someday.
In the meantime, it helps a lot to see that blogging is becoming more and more popular. Last year my favorite Bible teacher, Beth Moore, started one with her daughter. They post encouragement, funny stories, pictures, conference recaps, and lots of everyday family life.
In the past few weeks, I've stumbled across a couple of other famous people blogs still in their infant stages. Ed Young, pastor of Fellowship Church in Texas and our small group mascot (just kidding), began writing at EdYoungBlog.com.
Patsy Clairmont - THE Patsy Clairmont of Sportin' a 'Tude fame - has one too.
And then today, I followed a link to Travis Cottrell's blog. Travis Cottrell - who leads worship at the Living Proof Live conferences and was nominated for THREE Dove Awards this year. And Travis even blogs about American Idol! I'm not kidding.
Most of these are still getting under 20 comments a post, which means they haven't been discovered by the masses yet. How else do you get to send a direct message to someone like that...without getting a form letter back saying so-and-so isn't able to answer, or even read, all of their personal mail anymore, butthankyouverymuchforwriting.
So the way I've got it figured, if Beth Moore, Ed Young, Travis Cottrell, and Patsy Clairmont have blogs, I need not be ashamed of mine.
Right. Yeah, I'm working on it.