A little over a year ago, I started a blog for Our Big Steeple's theology on tap group. It was not intended to be a personal blog but a place to connect and to provide the group with links to articles. But on this day, one year ago, I came home to see the sky behind out house lit in the most beautiful golden hues. After sharing the moment with Dr. Burg, snapping pictures, and waiting for the sun to set, I sat down at the computer to write this post. (Its still one of my favorites.) From that moment, I was hooked. I loved having a place to record my thoughts and noticings. Within a month, I had moved to typepad and created my own LadyBurg blog.
So one year later, I'd like to say thanks to those who read this blog. Thanks to those who comment. And thanks for your blogs, your writings, your thoughts, and your noticings. It has been fun to journey and to write with you!
In honor of my blogoversary, I thought I'd post a portion of something I wrote about blogging for a denominational magazine that may or may not be published:
........For me, blogging is about two things. It is about community and the discipline of taking notice. Within a month of creating my own blog, I joined the RevGalBlogPals, an online community of “women discerning or pursing a Christian vocation and their friends” that boasts a membership of over 300. Through the RevGalBlogPals, I was introduced to other women in ministry. I began to read and comment on their blogs. They read and commented on mine. Before long I had developed connections with women clergy as far away as Wisconsin and as close as Elizabethtown, PA. We RevGals write about our frustrations in ministry, our joys, the strange things that happen in worship (including bats in the sanctuary and broken high-heeled shoes), sermons, children that keep us on our toes, and the minutia of everyday life. In our community, there is always someone willing to commiserate over a sermon that is difficult to write or celebrate the perfect pair of shoes.
While this may not sound like interesting reading, it is part of the gift of blogging. In the past year, I have also learned to take notice. Through the discipline of blogging, I have learned to pay attention to the details of my life. I have learned to look for God’s presence in everyday, mundane events. I now think, “That will blog!,” meaning that the event, conversation, or image will somehow end up as a blog post. In the spiritual discipline of examen, Ignatius teaches the importance of reflecting on our day, looking for the behaviors that need to be confessed and the ways in which God was present. For me, blogging is a form of examen. It has taught me to pay attention and to appreciate the fact that God is indeed present in all of life.