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As I’m sure a lot of you know, I’ve been doing a blogging success series with a new post every Monday for the past nine weeks. Well, to wrap up the series I decided to end with this post – a post dealing with one of my keys to successful blogging.
Let me start at the beginning. As a hobby and creative outlet, I started blogging in November of 2013. I’m a disciple of Christ, and I have always tried to keep God’s commandment about keeping His Sabbath day holy (which includes not working on Sunday unless “the ox is in the ditch”, as my dad likes to say). On Sundays I worship God (well, I do that every day, but I have more dedicated time for it on Sundays), fellowship with my family, sleep, read, ride my horse (although I don’t do any major training on Sunday), and do other relaxing things. God gave us a day of rest because He knew we need it! Boy am I ever thankful for that!
Because my blog was my hobby, I didn’t have a problem doing blog stuff on Sundays. It was relaxing. Until it got bigger, and bigger, and bigger…until I woke up to 20+ Facebook notifications every morning…until I had correspondence to manage every day. Then it was no longer relaxing. But for awhile, I still did some blog stuff on Sundays. Sometimes I edited pictures and tweaked things on my website, sometimes I cleared out my Facebook notifications, sometimes I checked my blog stats and answered comments. And then I realized that I was getting burned out. And by this point I was starting to make money from my blog, so I was spending quite a bit of time on it during the week as an actual job. And little by little, God convicted me that blogging was now a job as well as a hobby. It was something I spent lots of time on during the week, working at, and it was no longer fit for Sunday afternoons.
I’m kind of a control freak and have OCD to boot, so the idea of leaving all my notifications untouched for an entire day was a worrisome thought. But when I forced myself to either avoid my computer altogether or at least ignore my work-related notifications on Sundays, I found that doing so was extremely freeing. God really did know what He was doing when He enforced a day of rest for His children. Rest issue aside, there’s just something about making a conscious decision not to carry out a specific activity that makes me more mindful of God. That’s the principle of fasting, really. Let me tell you from personal experience that a fast from work one day every week is such a blessing.
So to all you bloggers out there, God gave us a day of rest for a reason. Even though blogging might not be strenuous physical activity, it can be mentally exhausting. Take a break from it and honor the Lord’s day, and you might find that your burnout issues are resolved.
For those of you who aren’t bloggers, take a look at your Sunday routine. Is there something from your weekday grind that has slipped into the day God set aside as a refresher for you? Do you stress yourself out preparing a big meal for your family? Is Sunday your laundry catch-up day? Set Sunday aside as special and dedicated to spiritual, mental, and physical rest, and God will provide enough time during the week for you to do what is necessary.
Enjoy your day of rest tomorrow!