Monday, June 11, 2012

Is Blogging Narcissistic?

In the ancient world of personal journals being held captive under lock and key, just the opposite has taken the internet by storm.  What's that?  Blogging.  Online journals for the whole world to see.  With one swipe of the key, our words are published, critiqued, and analyzed.  

Some may say blogging is narcissistic; definition: excessively preoccupied with personal adequacy, power, prestige, and vanity.  Anti-blogging activists flood the threshold and throw their arrows often.

My answer?  Sure, like with anything, vanity could be the motive.  Or it can sneak in there and subtly and cannily  turn the good motives into prideful ones.   Sure, there may be some people that use blogging for their own campaign of personal hierarchy and fame.  But what about all the positives that outweigh the negative?  


What do I see in the christian blogging community?  

Women proclaiming the name of the Lord, Jesus.
Women banding together and encouraging the heart of Mama.
Women lifting up feeble wives and teaching them how to respect their husbands.
Women boldly proclaiming God's Word.

To me that isn't narcissistic.
To me that is glorifying God.
To me that is art.
To me that is creativity, just as knitting, scrapbooking, and sewing are for you, non-blogger.
To me it's just what I need some days... (as a writer and a reader of your blog).  What do you think?

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6 comments :

  1. Oh yes, I agree about the art. Absolutely, my blogging friend. Here was my take on the subject -->> http://rachelmariemartin.blogspot.com/2012/06/dear-anonymous-why-blogging-matters.html
    Blessings to you! And keep writing.
    Rachel

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  2. This is beautiful Traci!
    I'd say the positives far outweigh the negatives...blogging has been such an avenue of blessing to me and so many others!
    Your blog is lovely!!

    Deborah :)

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  3. Thanks for writing this! It's a great post. Galatians 1:10 continues to ring in my ears with nearly every blog post I write- because I don't want the approval of men- I want to be a servant of Christ! So, when I am met with unfair criticism, that is where I return! It is for God's glory- BUT he has made me creative. He has given me a desire to write.
    And I need to stop- before I write a blog post in your comments!!! :)
    Keep writing friend!

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  4. Traci - awesome post! I totally agree with you...blogging isn't narcissitic, but it certainly can become that way. Thanks for sharing your inner beauty with us. XO

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  5. When I was a young mom the only thing we had was soap operas. We talked on the phone with some friends but for the most of our days until our hubby's came home we were alone. For me, blogging is community. Frienships have been made and followed and sometimes even pursued in real life.
    Blogging can be nagative just as anything else can, but what I have seen it is positive and uplifting.
    (kind of like facebook if it is done right)

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  6. I prayed about blogging...and heard that "Go for it"....and it's been such a blessing! When blogging is to connect by heart, to learn together, it's a wonderful tool given to us by God. Love this piece!
    Michy

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