Why Do I Blog? pt. 2

I mentioned in a recent post that I've been thinking about why I keep blogging. The post started getting longer than I felt comfortable with. So, I decided to break this part off into another post to come back to finishing later.

Over the years, I've found what works for me and blogging. I started back in 2001. I thought I'd offer what I've found as a spring board for you. This is my process. Not intended to be yours. But nonetheless useful, hopefully.

Why ...
In that other post, I mentioned that I thought you should start a blog. I really do. Why? Because your voice is important. A blog is a great place to develop it. Twitter, Facebook have their benefits but also significant limitations. If someone has internet access, they can read a blog. Social media companies automatically ensure that other boundaries, limitations are in place between your content and an audience. Blogs are less constrained. The point is this: a blog offers a platform that never existed before. Anyone can have a voice, a platform, share their work, their passion. There's no entry fee, no username or password required. It's your opportunity to share the world what you have to offer ... that's my perspective, at least.

When ...
I tend to get up earlier than the rest of my household. Typically, I'm up before 6am. On my good days, I go for a run and then make some breakfast and coffee. I listen to the Bible using this app. It's at this point that I sit down to write.

Like I mentioned in the other post, I treat this a bit like "morning pages." I simply start to write out my thoughts. I write as thoughts come to me and then I stop when it feels done. Sometimes, I delete it. Sometimes, it just doesn't feel like it's something to share. Other times, I've got nothing to say but I've found something online worth sharing.

When I do write and decide to share, usually it sits in a folder waiting for me to look at it again. I will come back to it at one or two points: late morning–after my morning family and work duties are accomplished or that evening. Clean it up a bit and schedule it to post.

What ...
I've always written about the Christian church, primarily leadership, missiology, ecclesiology and ethics. Other stuff comes and goes but at the end of the day, I write about what I'm most concerned with. Beyond my family and personal interests, this is what has occupied my thoughts and has, for the last few years been my occupation as well.

I started doing the weekend music shares because I go in fits and starts with music hunting. When I have a couple spare hours on a Saturday night, or whenever–and about once a month, I'll spend time looking through the blogs and sites I go to for music. I'll pile up a bunch of songs I like, put them in a playlist and then schedule posts. I usually schedule about two months worth of weekend music posts from a couple hours of searching stuff a month.

How ...
I've used a few different platforms over the years. A couple don't even exist anymore. I've tried out most. I've always come back to Blogger. After so many years using it, I just like it. It's comfortable. So, I stick with it. The layout tools are easy to use and I like the traditional blog format (i.e. main post column, side bar column), which is what Blogger does fine. I know just enough code to make a few small tweaks for the aesthetics I prefer.

Now, here's the kicker: I want to do this more regularly. I go in and out of blogging because it's never been the highest priority of my time. By throwing this out there, I hope to get better about regularly posting. I hope you do as well. Please share your blog with me if you do.

My Latest Newsletter Went Out

Every month, I send out a personal newsletter via email. It's where I share the stuff I am working on. The latest on what I'm doing at work. The music I'm listening to. Books I'm reading. All in one place. In your inbox.

My monthly newsletter just went out again. You missed it this month. But you can subscribe here and get it next month. I hope you do!

Weekend Listening: The Velvet Teen - You Were The First

Insane drumming! Glad The Velvet Teen is back after a long break. That is all.

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Weekend Listening: Oddisee - Asked About You

Oddisee recently came out with an instrumental hip hop album, The Odd Tape, which followed the Alwasta EP, that came out about a month and which this track is off of.

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Preaching on Holy Cross Day

I've been beginning to feel a bit cooped up these last few days. Most of my work has had me in the office and getting around is different than it was in DC. We moved out here with one car for the family but public transportation here is not what it was in DC and Brooke needs the family van for getting the kids and their friends around. When we were looking for a place to live here, we would mention to others how we hoped for something within a walkable community and folks would chuckle, "Well, ain't that cute!"

Finally got a second set of wheels for our household yesterday. So that means I can begin getting around Texas a lot easier. Tonight, I'm headed to Texas A&M to preach at the Episcopal Student Center there and meet those that are a part of that ministry. Looking forward to it!

Today is Holy Cross Day. This means I will be tying in the significance of this into what I share tonight. The history of this feast day is deeply tied to Emperor Constantine. If you know me and my opinions of ol' Constantine you know this could get interesting.

Reading Scripture w/ a Missional Lense

One of the most important tools for adopting an increasingly missional posture in our communities is Scripture. Reading the Bible with a "missional hermeneutic" is so helpful for developing an imagination for how God might be at work in our own contexts.

I was recently asked what biblical passages I would select to focus us on a missional posture. In other words, what texts would I use for a group reflecting on how they might participate with what God was doing in their community/neighborhood. Here's what I came up with off the top of my head:
What passages have you found helpful in understanding how God's mission plays out in our lives, our communities?