Today marked the end of a week, and for me it was a special week. It is the only week, in my life, that I have written and posted for every day of the week (I apologize to my email subscribers if this is more than you bargained for).
It’s taught me three things.
First, it’s taught me that God is really all I want to write about–at least on a consistent basis.
For most of my blogging life I’ve tried to be relevant, or something, to a relatively broad spectrum of people. I tried by writing stories of my life abroad, thoughts on international development, and project reports. There were definitely some really fun posts.
But really, that isn’t what I want to write about. I don’t care to be an expert storyteller or a development professional. I want to share the things that I learn about God, when I learn about them. I get excited about theological things daily, and I want to share that excitement.
Second, it’s taught me that daily posts are probably the best frequency for me.
Everyone says that blogging is all about consistency. To avoid being overloaded and to ensure I wrote good content, I usually would limit myself to one blog post per week. The problem with that limit, though, is that it was never frequent enough for me to form a habit. So, even though I had things to write about, I would often miss a week or two. I was not consistent.
Writing daily posts is intense. I’m still trying to figure out if I can sustain it. And I’m not always satisfied with the quality of what I post–it’s been about 50/50 this week. But the great thing is that I am always expecting it. I’m always ready for it. And the motivation has actually grown as I see the number of posts on my blog increase a lot more rapidly than when I was writing once per week.
Your comments are encouraging, too.
Most importantly, it’s shown me that posting every day about God influences my offline hours.
Sharing online is a gateway to sharing in real life. Putting my thoughts up here for anyone to see leaves me in a somewhat vulnerable position, and sets my direction for the day. It’s only one more step to sharing about Jesus in real life–something that I’ve always been scared of doing.
This week I’ve broken away from that fear a little bit, and I’m counting on the continuation of that trend.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” -Hebrews 12:1
And with that, I’ve finished my 10th day of consecutive posting. My record.
More to come.
P.S. I didn’t record my sermon, so I probably won’t be sharing it up here anytime soon. It was about mission. Yesterday’s post shares some common themes.