I feel like this past couple of months has been a crash course in how to break free from the idol of platform building.* I thought I was writing the series for others but it turns out I was writing it for myself.
You guys have helped me grow in ways I couldn’t have grown on my own, and I thank you for that.
Now the question is, what do I do next? I’m still not free from the temptations of platform building. If this were a non-ministry endeavor, the answer would be easy – give up blogging.
But I’m not sure if that’s what God wants me to do. I imagine pastors experience the same sort of thing. Ministry itself can lure them away from God but how can they minister without being exposed to the temptations of ministry?
If any of you guys have insight on this, I would love to hear it.
Here’s what I’m thinking: if I can reduce the temptations to a minimum, I can keep blogging. My idea is to set a boundary of blogging only once a week and keep all blogging activities – reading other blogs, checking stats (only once), and writing my own blog – to that day.
That way I can spend the other days writing Bible studies to publish which I haven’t been doing because I’ve been too busy blogging! I can also work on getting my donut questions out in a non-app form.
I’ll spend the rest of this week posting some of my journal entries from this escaping-the-idol-of-platform-building journey. I’ve been reluctant to do that so far because they make me look so bad – but I feel like God wants me to let go of the need for recognition, reward, and acceptance – and this will help in the acceptance category!
After that I’ll take the next two or three weeks off to spend some time with family and pray and think about another series and then start in with a new series in mid-November.
Thank you so much, all you bloggers, for your insights over these past couple of months. They have really helped me grow.
* Note: I’m not saying platform building in and of itself is bad here – please see Loren’s comment and my response to him for a better explanation.