Blogging is a Waste of Time
Over a year ago, I heard Andy Crouch's public declaration: "Blogging is a waste of time."
His declaration coincided neatly with a bit of advice I received from a Simon & Schuster Director of Marketing and Promotion. "You should start a blog," she said. "We ask all our authors to start blogs."
The S&S person's enthusiasm tempted me to begin blogging post-haste. But I admit it was the nonconformist in me that provided hidden energy. I wanted to confront Andy's bald-faced statement. I wanted to become a blog scientist of sorts, to test out the veracity of his assertion.
As a 16-month-old blogger, I've decided that Andy is both right and wrong— depending on one's purpose for blogging, one's expectations, and one's boundaries. (You can read more on this in my recent article for Today's Christian. It includes a Personal Story, which is simply my answers to Ed Gilbreath's invisible interview questions.)
When considering Andy's assertion, I like to remember that blogging is a tool, just like any other tool. As such, it must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Blogging is a waste of time for some people. But for others it's a chance to connect, to test and refine one's thoughts, or to simply unwind.
The real question is not whether blogging in general is a waste of time, but whether it's the best use of your time today and tomorrow.
Time Passes photo, by L.L. Barkat.
L.L. Barkat's Today's Christian article A New Kind of Body
Ted Olsen's Christianity Today article The Death of Blogs
Mark Goodyear's The Death of Blogs? Let's Not be Melodramatic