Monday, November 30, 2009

Building Momentum

As I pass into December, and out of NaBloPoMo I find that I miss it. In fact I typed these words not that long ago to a friend.

As for the blog I have been a total slacker since I arrived here at Santa Maria St. Andrew. I haven't had the resolve to write, but as each day drags on with nothing there, I feel like a piece of me is missing, and I am looking to determine what it is that I want to be writing, or sharing through that media. Twitter is a more common outlet for me, which then directs to Facebook status updates as well, so I stay more than a little connected. I still read upward of 300 blogs a day, with several hundred entries, as well as doing a great deal of work by email.

I guess it is time to take back the daily practice of writing, building, confiding, and sharing. Thanks for listening.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Blogging for effect

This month is NaBloPoMo. National Blog Posting Month, and NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. The idea in blogging is to post every day. The idea in the writing is to write a 50K novel in one month.

I was struggling with the purpose of each. The reality is that the novel writing leads to a completed project. The blogging simply leads to...well, I don't know what.

Last year I took up the NaBloPoMo gauntlet and blogged pretty regularly for the year. I have slacked off in recent months, and have been trying to "find my voice" as they say.

Yesterday I read an article, and I apologize for not having the link, that stated that the purpose of twitter and facebook in business is to drive people to your blog where you can tell them more of what you teased them with on Twitter and Facebook.

I thought that was helpful and interesting. Then, I started to reflect, and I realized that my business is people, and bringing them to Jesus Christ. So my medium, in any of those forms ought to be doing something to help build relationships.

I don't know if this insight will help or hinder my actual blog posting, but it at least gives clarity to what I want to be doing with these media. I want to connect, and build a base of friendship and respect, giving glory to God in the process.

So, thanks for relating.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Quote of the Day

Tradition is what you resort to when you don't have the time or the money to do it right.
- Kurt Herbert Alder

I don't think this is quite accurate, but traditions do need to be understood in the context they were formed, and then viewed through the lens of the contemporary society to see how it might need to be changed to be "done right"