Slowing Down

I published my first post on this blog last year in March. Since then I have posted once or twice a week “religiously”. I felt that I had a lot to say about my own experience in ministry, ministry leadership, ministry volunteerism, and as a ministry participant. For a while now, I have been engaged on twitter, following a broad variety ministry leaders, ministry consultants, and pastors, and other weirdo’s like me. I have been greatly encouraged by all of you, and have been inspired to respond to some of your ideas in this blog.

I also started a new blog that is primarily about my “day job” as an IT consultant and application software development leader. More recently I started a blog about political, cultural and economic topics – in which I espouse some really oddball views.

Recently, my thoughts on ministry have slowed down, and I have been posting more biblical topics, and I don’t know that my skills and gifts lead these to benefit anyone but me. For the moment, I have decided to slow down the pace of posting on this blog from weekly to monthly – of course, I will continue to post as frequently as I am led.

That’s How I Blog

So I want to talk a bit about this blog and how I have been doing it and something that has changed the way I will blog in the future…

Personal Stuff
Most of the posts on this blog have been born out of my own experience – both good and bad. I share because I care about the family of God, and the Body of Christ in general. I started this blog because I was frustrated and needed to express some things and clarify my own thoughts. I shared a couple of posts on Facebook and a friend got excited about something that I wrote. He said he wanted his church board to read it. That one event kept me going, thinking “if one person somewhere gets something out of a post that helps the ministry of the gospel somewhere, then I should keep going”.

This blog is not widely read. I probably get a couple dozen page views on each post. I don’t actively promote it. I have tried to post at a consistent, sustainable pace. I try to write and refine about 4 weeks in advance, so that I don’t feel pressure to get stuff out.

I really wasn’t involved in the larger ministry community (beyond my church). Sometime around the end of July this year, I re-engaged on twitter. Still not sure why, or what actually prompted me to go there, but I did. Wow – I found that there was a whole bunch of people who write the same kinds of things that I write (and much better). It is always amazing when I find others that think like me.

And so where before, I did not have a source for inspiration (except my experience and the scripture) I now read a couple posts every day from folks that I follow on twitter. So I decided that I will publish links and commentary on the stuff that I read and like on this blog. These posts will likely be much shorter than my “regular” posts, just a link to the other post, and a few thoughts.

You can follow me on twitter if you like, I am @regenerateweb.

Technical Stuff
I use as a blog host. I like it for several reasons:

1) it has an e-mail interface – so I can send an e-mail from anywhere to post – this became a requirement because I wanted to be able to post from my blackberry which does e-mail really well.
2) it automatically connects with my social networks (facebook, twitter) and lets me autopost to them.
3) it lets me schedule posts in advance so that I can get ahead.
4) it supports some custom theming – which I might do when I get 20 free hours. but has enough basic themes so I can pick one that is not too obnoxious.

Most of my posts are written as I ride the train to and from work. I spend about 35 minutes each way, and try to write about 3 posts per week.
I use a note taking tool called ZIM Desktop Wiki. It is extremely simple, but lets me maintain hyperlinked notes – so that I can make a “page” related to a topic, and make links to those pages there, so I can organize my posts. Also, using the wiki metaphor, to make a new page, I just create a link and click it and a new page is created.