Tuesday, August 01, 2006


Blogging has turned blah for me. When J-Wild turned me onto blogging at the same time I was stumbling out of a fog of postpartum depression, I was thrilled to have a place where I could write (a favorite pastime of mine) AND have some daily adult interaction (vital for me as a stay-at-home parent). While I named my blog "The Rowan Report" so I could "report" on life with my child, I also viewed it as a place to discuss other personal interests aside from parenting. Lately however, I often find myself wanting to write about topics of a more sensitive nature, and I'm afraid my comments will come across as offensive to some of my friends and relatives.

I once read a blogger who wrote that she didn’t comment about issues like politics or family struggles because "those topics would be hurtful." I understand where she's coming from. But I also identify with the words of another blogger who mentioned hearing Philip Yancey discuss a common difficulty of writers. She said, "We are supposed to use the stuff of our lives to find spiritual meaning and teach what we have found. Abstractions help no one. It's the real-life applications that we learn from. But Yancey mentioned problems with [those closest to him] taking offense at his writing." At this point in my life, I don't feel strong enough - or mature enough for that matter - to deal with the fallout.

All that to say...I'm taking a break from blogging. It could very well be a permanent break. But I will keep writing. I love to write. Always have. I'm just not sure blogging is the best forum for sharing my thoughts at this point in my life. Call it what you will (personally, I think it's an urging by the Spirit) but I feel the need to focus my writing energies elsewhere at the time.

So farewell, my blogging buddies. Thanks for all the encouragement these past couple of years. I hope you can say I did likewise. May the peace of God always be with you.