I have had this blog for over two years now and I have yet to explain one crucial aspect of it. I have yet to explain one of the foundational elements behind why I write the way I do on this platform. Today, I am going to explain to you why I keep most of my life private from this platform.
I am not going to beat around the bush. I have talked about quite a few heavy topics on here before. My blog is a realistic representation of the regular ebb and flow of my life. Thus why, one week I might talk about my love for dogs while the next I may talk about a Bible verse that got me thinking.
I only write about what is on my heart and what is most prevalent in my life at the time. But, even then, I still have a limit.
I will not point-blank name specific people or events in my life. I won’t do so because I understand the power of social media. I understand the importance of privacy.
Honestly, I have no idea how far a post may go or who might read it. Other people and events often inspire my writing, especially since I use words to process what I’ve gone through. I have no idea if the post I publish will come back full circle to the person or event that inspired it.
I also keep specifics out of my blog because even though anyone can read it, it’s still an outlet for myself. It is still a place for me to reflect on my life. I don’t need many details to remember what exactly happened. Because I don’t need many details, I won’t share more than necessary.
I won’t share more than I need to because my blog isn’t about the specifics. It is about the lessons and aftermath of the specifics. It is about learning from experiences. It is about God’s purpose and plans in the middle of every season of life, good or bad.
Additionally, it is not about the specifics or nitty gritty because that’s not who I am as a person. I am a big picture person who tries to see how one minuscule event shapes my whole life. I am all about the tiny puzzle pieces that ultimately create my life. I am motivated to see how one small puzzle piece has a bigger purpose.
I also keep specifics out of my blog because I respect those I know and love. If I ever mention anyone, even my husband, I ask for their permission. So, considering the focus of my blog, I leave out specifics, otherwise, I’d be asking for permission nearly every week.
But, then, sometimes I keep specifics to myself because I know my virtual platform is not my whole life. I know it is a small part of me. I also know once I share something, it is hard to take it back. Therefore, I only share what I am most comfortable with and ready to share.
Therefore, there are some topics and events I am not comfortable sharing, nor am I ready to share. Instead of forcing something for the sake of content or readership, I will keep it to myself, even if it takes years to explain or address—this blog post is a wonderful example of that.
I will only post what God lays on my heart to share. Ultimately, this blog is meant to bring Him glory. So, no I won’t share the specifics with you, but…
I will show you my heart.
I will show you raw and real honesty.
I will show you that one week may be difficult while the next is filled with joy.
I will show you my doubts, my fears, my struggles, and my insecurities.
I will show you my sin and Jesus’ grace time and time again.
I will show you one can be open with others but still live a private life.
Lastly, I tell you this: Just because I choose to keep my life private does not mean everyone must do so. It does not mean those who are more open are wrong or bad. It does not mean I am being dishonest by keeping certain details to myself.
It simply means it is what God has called me to and what I am comfortable with. I hope this blog challenges you. I hope this blog convicts you. I hope this blog inspires you.
Most importantly, I hope this blog brings you closer to Jesus.