Every so often I wonder if maybe this blog has run its course and, as with all good things, that maybe the time has come for its end. Maybe I should end this one and start another one. Maybe I should stop blogging and write books… maybe an online magazine… or maybe I should stop writing and take up golf.
Oh, maybe not golf; you probably need to be able to see to do that.
I want a YouTube Channel!
Of course, I’d need to learn video editing and… you probably need to see for that too.
I go through this every year around this time; is it a case of “spring fever”? Nah, maybe more like cabin fever; we still have snow multiple times each week! Whatever it is, it’s irritating. Yet I fear this blog is a bit one dimensional because I’m always going through books of the Bible.
Why do I do that? There’s a story to tell about that…
Back in 2010 I wanted to learn to write in a less technical way. Before that, I always found myself doing technical writing. I did political writing for years, and that was technical, but not exactly in the sense of writing a technical manual, it was simply a formula. You have lists of words, a style book and an assignment. The Big Guy needs a statement for such and such, so you get the information, grab you “Use” words and your “Banned” words and the outline format, and in 10 or 15 minutes you print out the statement. The Big Guy loves it because you didn’t use any words he can’t pronounce (the Banned words) and it sounds like he wrote it himself (the Use words) and you’re pronounced a genius.
Back to the story… I started a Facebook page that was mainly devotionals in 2010. I wanted to be able to crank out devos like I did political stuff: Here’s a text, write up something to inspire people in 10 minutes. I did that almost every day for over a year, and some of them were pretty good while others… not so much. The problem was that I became so sick of writing devotionals that I could hardly stand it. Besides, I had very few Facebook friends, and beyond an exercise, what was the point?
So, I switched to WordPress and broadened the scope of things I wrote about, and again, some of it was pretty good, and some was pretty bad. Yet my problem was always that the hardest part was thinking of a topic to write about, and that’s how I came to write through books of the Bible like preachers who preach through books of the Bible, or as I taught through them to Seminary students: I always know what to write about and in 10 or 15 minutes, I’m done.
And with 2 Corinthians, I’ll be out of books. I need a new format, but I have enough coms training and experience to recognize that I have a following here based upon a certain format, and if you toss out the format and make everything new, you lose the following and have to start over, so why not just kill off one blog and start another one?
Oh, that’s true, you can slowly transition into a new format, yep that would work, but I should have done that a year ago… and I knew it a year ago… but for various reasons, some of which are actually valid, I didn’t, and here we are.
One thing is for certain: I will write up 2 Corinthians, contextual issues will be dealt with either academically or non-academically; that’s the last editorial decision. After that, we’ll see. I am open to ideas of course, and I may do some experimenting. One idea I’m leaning towards is running multiple strings of posts and subjects like a Bible study three days a week, a topical discussion one or two days, a video feature once a week, a random feature once a week and Sermon Notes once a week and… well I’m not quite sure. I’d try a poetry corner… only I’ve never gotten the hang of poetry… oh I know: I could serialize a romance novel!
Actually, romance is about the easiest writing format I know; (the things you have to learn for a Communication Degree!) there’s only five main outlines for romance, and if you can think up enough conflict for each chapter, filling in the rest is easy.
Yet somehow, I doubt that’s the way I’d go. Besides, you need to be a woman to write romance, and it’s way too late for a nom de plume for me… unless I set them up with a “guest writer”! 😊
At any rate, I’d love to hear your thoughts: Is there anything you would be interested in seeing here? Do you have any brilliant ideas you’d like to have ripped off? Do you have any suggestions?
I’d love to hear them!