Consistency…the dream of the average blogger…the aspiration of every Muslim..
Having said so, why are there so many of us stuck on the path of being consistent in blogging? Surely, with the correct intention(to help spread the Deen), we Muslim bloggers would be cruising down the uphill road of consistency. But why is it that some of us, or rather me, failed to do as much as take a tiny step up the path???
Alhamdulillah, Allah answered this question I had through a fellow blogger over at The Animation Commendation. I discovered that not only does consistency depend on intention and/or motivation, it too depends on whether the blogger loves what he is posting about.
Wait a moment..don’t jump to conclusions just yet..
I’m not saying that there are some of us who hate writing about Islam, and I seek refuge in Allah from such a thought..although some may feel that they hate it due to misconceptions on what writing about Islam is really all about.
The thing is, it is not the job, its the way it is done.
For example, some of us hate sweeping the house because it is tiring but it is not because we hate tidiness. But we may think that we hate tidiness as keeping the house clean is so tiresome and hence, we blame the way we do the job on the job itself. Isn’t that being biased?? Instead, if we bought a vacuum cleaner, we may not end up being tired from cleaning the house and hence, we may not be psychologically inclined to ”hate” tidiness.
Let me rephrase the above example..
A teen(lets call him Ahmad) has to clean his room. The problem is, he has to sweep it first due to all the late night snacks he’s been gorging on the past month. Due to all the clutter on the floor, sweeping it seems like a huge chore for him. So, he ended up hating cleaning due to the methods he employed to clean his room as well as his narrow-minded mindset that refuses to allow him to emply other methods.
Ahmad’s sister on the other hand(not being a feminist btw:p) faced the same problem as Ahmad. She however, had the motivation to change her condition and hence, she varied her cleaning methods to make it a more enjoyable experience.
Well….that’s a whole lot of stuff to digest…
Do take a few minutes to read it again and again as repetition aids digestion:)
Done? Good alhamdulillah!:D
Lets move on to the next part…
Some bloggers(especially me) fail to consistently try to be consistent in posting consistent posts so as to consistently sustain their consistency in being consistent.
Here, syaithan will try to fool us into believing that we aren’t ‘cut-off’ to post about Islam. Are we gonna let him win and prosper? Surely not! Sadly, most of us tend to do just that, falling into his clever little snare..
We who have this mindset seriously need to change our mindset!
Islam is for everyone and everyone has a share in dakwah. True, not everyone can write but those who have been given the ability to write can use thiis ability for dakwah.
Here comes the problem..
The stereotype existent today is that a blogger blogging with the intention of spreading Islam must blog about Islamic stuff in a very philosophical/thought-provoking/mystical/productive(are those the correct words????) manner.
This impedes some Muslim bloggers who want to spread Islam through their blogs without posting Islamic stuff or without writing in a very serious way.They hence abandon the thought altogether.
This could be avoided if we have a change of perspective. The methods of da’wah outlined for us by our Prophet pbuh do vary right?? He did not only do dakwah through words..he dakwah-ed through his actions too..
Hence, as a Muslim, we should not be narrow-minded in our ways to do dakwah through writing. If one does not really have the interest in posting Islamic stuff(and that’s okay!). One could instead be a Muslim in posting non-Islamic content, such us avoiding the use of vulgarities and being a considerate blogger etc.
Similarly, if one can’t possibly write in a serious tone or if one feels it out of one’s personality to write seriously all the time, one could write about Islam in a light tone with some humor:D This is what I’ve come to realise about myself..After blogging for a few years with over a hundred posts and my recent plunging Iman and unproductivity…
I realised that if I want to write formally and seriously, I would have to be serious and formal and if I write like so, my personality would slowly evolve into being serious and my current situation and my surroundings find seriousness a bit out of place. As a prefect which deals mostly with the lower levels, I can’t be serious..They’ll be scared of me. I have to show them that discipline is fun stuff and not all boring.
So, in the past, I used to switch between personalities(serious online and cheerful, bubbly and friendly offline) and this drains lots of my energy..(not a great choice of words..) Though I am a natural introvert who has successfully managed to be and extrovert alhamdulillah:)
Hence, as I can put off being online, due to avoid the tiredness of ‘switching’, I put off posting..
Thus…I now have decided to change the atmosphere of this blog. Inshaallah, I’ll inject my posts with some light humour, pictures as well as a light tone. The posts too would be a bit more personal and I will be tagging them(*phew* finally!). Though I might be serious in some posts if I feel like it..
If writing does not come naturally ie. forced, it will be compromising on its quality.
So, to summarise…
Being consistent not only depend on intentions…it too depends on whether one loves the job or not.
If one does not love the job, don’t give it up just yet. Look into the methods employed in carrying out the task and try varying these methods into a more suitable one that interests one for often, we humans tend to ‘hate a job’ but actually, we’re actually hating doing it. So, if we develop the methods in such a way that we’d like them, we may end up liking the job and hence, we’ll have sustained interest to have consistency in doing it.
I feel that this post has been a bit too lengthy so I’ll just end here. For further reading on procrastination and stress, you dear readers can have a look at these slides I’ve made when I conducted a sharing session in my school based on a productivemuslim talk I attended here.
The file: ae.pdf
It may seem very vague so inshaAllah, I’m planning to post about it in the future:)
To conclude, the picture above has only one big picture..hint: look until you can really sea the big picture….get it??:D
Hope this post has been of some benefit by the Grace of Allah, where all the good stuff here is from Him while all the discrepancies here are from yours truly..
May He gives us all the ability to enjoy and savour every letter we write(or rather, type out) in an effort to be consistent Muslim bloggers on the path of spreading this beautiful gem for all to appreciate and experience..Ameen:)