Some people blog because they need to write. Some have no other creative outlet. Others do it as part of their life’s framework, as part of their daily work.
I began doing it to force myself to write in a disciplined way. I had slipped from my everyday technical writing into more of a management structure and I felt I wasn’t maintaining my skills as a writer. In addition, I had been struggling for several years to complete a historical novel on the life of Moses and I thought the discipline of blogging would force me to get serious about my writing.
I finished the first draft of the book in April and for the last three years I have been writing at work with ever demanding workloads. For those reasons, and due to other demands (a big photography project), I just stopped blogging this summer.
At first it was going to be a short sabbatical, then I just never got back to it and the hiatus has stretched into several months. People still come to my site, post a few comments, and from time to time email me questions or observations. So, for a while I was still being drawn back to my blog.
for the last few days I have been in Florida working on my father’s house (the same house I remodeled three years ago) and I began to think about blogging again. I realized it is the only place I get to explore my thoughts on a wide variety of topics, the kinds of things friends don’t really want to listen to you expound on. It also keeps me intellectually curious and prevents the rational processes from getting too dulled. We need that as we get older.
So, here I am–back blogging. For how long, you ask? I do not know. But. however irregular it might be at times, I think this time I must admit that it is a necessary part of who I am. I need to express myself and this gives me a vehicle to do that. Besides, we are living out the Chinese curse of living in interesting times and I believe I need to be an active part of the discussion surrounding this unique period.
Thank you to those of you who continue to read my meanderings. Hopefully, I will have something worthwhile to say.
Grace and peace to your day.
I stumbled upon your site through Google just now.
I just want to say “Thank you” for this post:
God has used your blog to comfort my soul.
Well JRM, it is good to be a comforter, to work with the Holy Spirit to help those in need. Thank you for letting me know.
Grace and peace.