Tuesday, February 13, 2007

do it

A new blogger friend, Andre Yee, was graciously asking me on comments recently from a helpful posting on his blog, if I might offer some advice on how I do nearly daily postings (or something like that). I gave the best, honest answer I could think of at the time. One key element, I picked up from someone else, came back to me on further reflection (and after returning to his blog and that same post). Just do it. Be doing it.

I am kind of an extemporaneous person. I like to have a bare minimum of notes in front of me, or no notes at all. I used to prepare notes when going to the nursing home to sing with them, give a message, pray with them and then visit afterwards. Now I take no notes at all. And am in prayer, not knowing sometimes what we're going to look at, until it's time for me to speak, of not long before that.

Now that has its drawbacks. And if I would have ever been ordained (a sore spot in my life, mostly healed now, though) I would have learned to prepare better, get it "down" and have notes as needed. This kind of style that seems to suit me, does require study and reading and prayer. And thinking on what God has been teaching me, or what impressions I've received.

The point though, which I need to get back to, is this: No matter how you do it, just do it. It will come. Do it the best you can. But let it be you. And don't try to impress anyone. Don't write or speak beyond what you know, or are coming to know.

More than half the battle for me is simply to sit down and do it. Probably a majority of the time I don't know what I'm going to post until I'm getting around or have sat down to do it. For us who are persons of words, and who can talk our share, this shouldn't come all that hard. If anything, we'll have to hold back (something I don't always do).

Blogging is fun. I want it to be more than fun. But I want it to be fun, as well. And in the process I find that by thinking through something in the writing of a post, reading others' comments, and reading others' blogs and posts (along with comments there, when I have time, or am so inclined), I can learn alot. And be impacted for much good in my life. And above all, meet new people, and make new friends (hopefully).

What are your "secrets", or thoughts on your own way of "doing it", in blogging, and in what you like or believe you're called to do?

16 comments:

Alan Knox said...

Ted,

These are great suggestions. I only have a couple to add.

1. Whenever I have an idea, I type something up quickly and save it as a draft copy, without publishing it on my blog. Then, I can come back to it later. That way, I have time to think through the idea. Plus, when I sit down to write, I don't have to think of a subject, I have a list of them waiting in "draft".

2. I don't always feel like I have to answer the question that I'm raising. Sometimes, I enjoy just asking the question. I blog post doesn't necessarily have to cover all the angles. Just asking the question is very important.

I hope this helps.

-Alan

julie said...

Good suggestions!

I simply give myself permission to post one time a month. My readers (both of them) are habituated to that.

The bible study blog I am a part of is MUCH more structured. It's directed by the text and not my fickle inspiration.

Ted Gossard said...

Allan, Great suggestions. I've thought about doing what you say about putting ideas into draft, and may yet do that.

I really don't think I have to answer all questions, which I can't, anyhow. Or cover from all angles, which is impossible in a blog (or anywhere, for that matter).

My personality is to interact. And I like one thought leading to another, in blogging conversations. I've picked up alot from people just in comments alone.

Thanks!

Ted Gossard said...

Julie, thanks for sharing that. I think that's great. I think alot of it is what fits your time and calling. There are many out there who could have great blogs, but for many good reasons are either not involved at all, or do so very little. Nice to hear of the Bible study blog you're a part of. Sounds good.

L.L. Barkat said...

I'm actually trying to blog less. My mind is always so full of posts, but I would like to "talk less" and have the opportunity to hear others more. Anyway, this isn't everyone's goal, but it's mine.

Charity Singleton said...

Great ideas, Ted. I also have been amazed at your consistency and am glad to hear some of your methods! I like Alan's idea of typing up what I'm thinking and saving it as a draft. I can't be too "off the cuff" myself, or I sound (and am) scattered.

I have a hard time with too many new posts while people are still commenting on old posts. I have trouble keeping all the conversations going. You do a fine job with that too.

Alan Knox said...

Ted,

I agree about interaction. I also like to listen to others. One thing that helped me in that area was to add a "Recent Comments" widget. That way others can continue in conversations on posts that my be several days old.

-Alan

Ted Gossard said...

L.L., Thanks for your comment. It makes me stop and think about just why I blog. Your goal is great. And I too want to grow more in hearing than in speaking.

Only thought I have now is that I tend to have a hard time doing something unless I do it at least regularly. And at this season in my life, daily, seems to fit.

Other factors went into this "daily" thing, as well (advice on having a blog; though some counter that). I've come close to at least thinking about pulling the plug on my own blog, before. This seems to keep me in it, I guess....

Ted Gossard said...

Charity, Thanks for your gracious and kind words. Yes, my good blogger friend, Jamie Arpin-Ricci, who has an excellent blog, disagrees with posting daily. At least the last time I heard him on that. For himself, anyhow. I'm sure he has no problem with Scot McKnight doing so, as he has scads of readers.

Really, conversation is much better over on other blogs. But I'm glad when it does happen, here. And it does happen more, lately. At least in good exchanges.

Ted Gossard said...

Alan, I would like to do that. Don't know how. And am kind of busy. But maybe when I get a chance, I'll try to figure it out. I like that feature on other blogs, as well.

Dan Brennan said...

Ted,

Once I started doing it--i.e. blogging on a consistent basis, I got on a roll. The simple rule of thumb for me is to blog what you are passionate about, find your voice in the frequency and subjects. Blogs, I think, are about who we are, what we like, etc. Although in saying that, there's many things I like that I don't blog about.

Ted Gossard said...

Dan, I hear you. Same with me. I return "daily" to things I do, of which blogging happens to be one. And it's about things that I'm passionate about, and things I believe are important. Things, maybe, I'm working on, in my own life. Thanks.

Alan Knox said...

Ted,

If you are using "New" blogger, you can CLICK HERE to add the "Recent Comments" widget to your blog. Simply fill in the name of your blog, and choose the number of comments and length of the comments that you want displayed. It should do the rest. You may need to be logged into blogger for it to work - I'm not sure.

-Alan

andre said...

Ted,

Sorry I didn't see this until today. Thanks for the reference link. I enjoy blogging because I enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts...hopefully humbly.

I think being gracious is important when we converse in the blogosphere.

Ted Gossard said...

Allan, Thanks much. I'll do that (I believe), when I have more time.

Ted Gossard said...

Andre, Thanks. And your welcome. Good answer. I concur and hope for the same.