This post was first shared in issue 28 of the writing advice column of my newsletter These Sacred Words.
I shared a few weeks ago about why I write, and in the days since sharing that I realized the reasons why I write are distinctly different from the reasons why I share what I write in an online public forum.
I’ve been thinking more about this lately. Maybe this is due to increased talk in my circles from some really helpful voices about what it means to be an “influencer.” And while I would definitely not lump myself in the category of ‘influencer,’ the nature of writing and sharing publicly compels me to consider my heart behind why I do it.
Oftentimes, before I share things with the internet world (especially more personal things), I ask my husband for advice. Last year he asked me some helpful and convicting questions that I’ve returned to often when I consider whether or not to share my writing publicly.
“Are you sharing your writing to be helpful; or to be perceived as helpful?”
“Are you sharing your writing to be spiritually encouraging; or to be seen as a person who is spiritually encouraging?”
These questions prick me deeply, and maybe they do for you too?
This might be why I’ve been so sporadic lately with my writing. I wrestle with my motives and I want to use this space to steward my life and my gifts for God’s glory and not my own. And when I feel I’m not doing that well, the most helpful thing I know to do is to take a step back and simply be silent for a while. I’m still working through these thoughts, but I do hope these questions are helpful to you as you too seek to discern your motives as a writer on a public platform.
I’m curious and would love to hear from you, have you felt this tension too? How have you navigated your motives as a writer?