When I first started this blog nearly eleven years ago, it was merely to get some of my thoughts out so a few other people could see them. I had a couple friends that encouraged me to start engaging others through social media, a fairly new phenomenon to me at the time. This was before Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a slew of other sites that are now in vogue.
Over the past few years, though, my posts have decreased to the point that I've only written a handful of times in 2016, down from a peak of a few peer week back in 2009. There are a couple reasons for this:
As an introverted thinker, thoughts are constantly swimmng around in my head. But there's a big difference between thinking about things and writing them down in a way that others would want to read.
I often write about controversial topics related to race and culture so I seek to be careful to choose my words wisely in a way that would "comfort the challenged" and "challenge the comfortable." This takes time, emotional energy and effort that I don't always have in light of family and ministry responsibilities.
2. Other Social Media
With the advent of other social media platforms of which I'm active, like Facebook and Twitter, I've found it much easier to share interesting articles through those forums and occasionally share a few words of my own along with it. To copy and past a link on Twitter might take me a minute or two. To write a thorough blog post of my own words, it typically takes me 45 minutes to an hour (or more).
But as I've considered this platform of blogging, I do realize that there are people that have found my writing through this outlet helpful to them. Though the Internet can be a nasty place, I've received far more words of encouragement than attacks from others. It's been gratifying when I've met people that tell me they read my stuff and appreciate it.
I'd like to be intentional about posting more regularly. I don't think I'm ready to give this up yet. I'm even writing about this because I hope that those of you that read this will hold me accountable if I don't start writing more frequently.
So here's the plan: I'm hoping to begin posting at least twice a week. Once on Saturday/Sunday with a "Weekly Roundup" of interesting things I've read on the web that previous week and another post with a topic that I write about sometime mid-week. I may not always hold to this but I hope to begin with a schedule fairly close to this.
Thanks to those of you that have been along for the ride for awhile and for those that are just joining. If you happen to have something you'd like to hear my thoughts on, please let me know and I can put it in the queue for a future post. Blessings.