I have noticed a decline in the number of blogposts appearing in my Google Reader in recent months. The decline includes my blog, of course, as I've been blogging infrequently since December. But I am not alone. Many of the "churchy" blogs that I used to read regularly are posting less often. With the exception of the rise of Facebook – and many of my church blog friends are on Facebook – I really cannot explain this phenomenon.
For my part, I'm finding that since throwing myself into the work of full-time parish ministry I have less time and energy to blog. My life essentially has two parts – church and family, both of which are terribly time and attention consuming. Blogging – which for some can be part of their work – would essentially take time from either my churchwork or my family, and that's nothing I'm willing to do right now. If I decide to take time from either, it will be for exercise at the local gym to get rid of the excess 30-40 pounds I'm carrying around.
Furthermore, I'm finding that my inspiration to blog is similar to the challenges I've had recently with writing my bi-weekly sermons. In my pastoral role – I'm an Associate Pastor – I deal with lots of programming. I'm finding that managing programs uses a different part of my brain than does writing (blogposts or sermons or newsletter articles), and the writing has suffered as a consequence. I hope to return to more and better writing, including on this blog. But when I do get the energy, creativity, and ability to write, it's all I can do to just focus on the sermon and not get carried away with other writing projects right now.
I expect that this is part of my learning curve, my adjustment to full-time parish ministry. Now in my fifth month, I notice that I am developing patterns and setting priorities in a better manner than I did when I first started. Perhaps as I continue to grow into this ministry and calling I will find the time and creative ability to return to writing more frequently … I certainly hope so.