How I Blog (and Why I’m Taking a Break From It)

Yesterday I made another thrilling video of myself talking into my MacBook. But when I went to mount it on YouTube, I got a message from YouTube saying that my account had been “permanently disabled”! I have no idea why that should happen. Perhaps someone at YouTube watched my first tape, and understood immediately that it needed to stop there.

I’m trying to get YouTube-enabled again—and get the distinct impression I’m failing to. YouTube makes it pretty impossible to contact them. But I’ll keep You-bugging them.

The reason I was drawn to make another video is because I’m afraid that lately I’ve grown a tad burned out on blogging. Small enough wonder—each blog entry, for me, involves … well, I don’t know how many steps. So lemme see:

1. Think of idea for post. (This is virtually no work. My Blogging Brain is like my bladder; it fills up all on its own, and then, via increasing internal pressure … well, you know.)

2. Wonder if my idea for post will offend too many Uptight Christians.

3. Change idea for post.

4. Open up WordPress; start writing post.

5. Adjust, cut, rearrange, reword, rethink, restructure, hone, hone, hone, hone, hone post until I’ve made it sound about as carefree and effortlessly phrased as I know how.

6. Preview post.

7. Be amazed yet again at how dramatically the form in which a piece is physically presented effects the words themselves. Final, structural context is everything! Change text; preview it; change it; preview it; change it; preview it; remember I have a life; finish it.

8. If there’s a photo, take mucho time and steps to deal with/insert into post.

9. Hit “Publish” button.

10. Wonder if I spend way too much time blogging, since by now easily two to four hours have passed.

11. Go view post on site. Wonder at marvel of Internet. Marvel at wonder of Internet. Whatever.

12. Reopen post in editing mode.

13. Open new browser window; log onto the publishing program of Crosswalk.com

14. Select and cut title of post on WordPress.

15. Paste title post on Crosswalk.

15. Cut body of post on WordPress

16. Paste body of text into Crosswalk.

17. Think of a pithy little Blog Post Tease for use on the Crosswalk page where they present all their latest blog posts.

18. Make sure everything in Crosswalk Land is perfect.

19. Hit “Publish to Blog.”

20. Wait a few minutes for the Crosswalk post to appear so I can check it one more time.

21. Be finished.

22. Crash a bit.

 

That’s the gist of it. Happens five, six times a week. Like a machine I am!

But now I’m broken. Or my … cogs need adjusting, or something. But for sure I’ve got Blog Burnout. The videos were proving an excellent way for me to Switch Up ye oldye content delivery method—but, alas, I’ve been “Not YOU!”-tubed. So now I’m stuck.

So now I’m going to have to take a break from le’ blog ala moi. I don’t know how long the break will last. Last time I backed off the blog (which, interestingly, was also in October: What’s up with that?), I think I non-blogged for about a week.

If you like my blog, please feel free to poke around in its archives, see if you find anything there you like. There’s a ton of material waiting back there.

I’m looking forward to reading more blogs, which is something I never seem to have enough time to do. I love the blogs run by a lot of the people who leave comments on mine, so it’ll be great to catch up on their stuff. I’ve also lately been inspired by two new book ideas, and so I’ve got to take some time to at least get those started. I think one of them’s gonna make me a fortune.

Anyway, right. Onward.

See ya’ in the funny papers! Even though I have no idea what that saying means, or where it came from! But see ya’ when my break is over!

Love! Peace! Togetherness! I’m voting for Obama, but you vote for whomever works for you! Which really has nothing to do with this conversation! Later, skater!

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About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. John is a pastor ordained by The Progressive Christian Alliance. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. And don't forget to sign up for his mucho awesome monthly newsletter.

  • http://www.mediocrity.us David Barach

    Everyone needs a vacation every once in a while. Enjoy it! See you here when you get back.

  • http://www.kellykirbyfisher.blogspot.com Kelly

    Enjoy your time off….but, please come back! I love having other bloggers, like yourself, to bounce ideas off of and just plain rally together in complete rebel form against all the uptight Christians. How about writing a book titled "Quit Walking on Eggshells – One Man's View on Uptight Christians"? ;)

  • Greg Johnson

    John: This is your agent talking. You get two weeks, tops. Then it's back to the salt mines for you! Blog, blog, you're getting sleepy, very sleepy. Blog, blog…you will blog until the Lord returns…John…it is ….your…density (um, destiny).

  • FreetoBe

    Love your blog. Enjoy your break. I've read all your posts and have gone back to see if there are any new comments on some of my favorites…maybe I need another hobby…

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    Peace /|

  • http://www.sisterfriends-together.org anita

    I'm at Starbucks dressed in scratchy sackcloth buried in a pile of ashes. My garments have been torn. A black band of fabric is tied around my upper arm. No amount of caffeine will ease my sorrow, comfort my heart, soothe my soul. All is lost. I grieve and find no solace. Life has become meaningless. No reason to rise in the morning. I suffer and moan in agony. Dante's inferno is Disneyland compared to this moment.

    But good for you. Take your break. Go. Sit in the sunshine. Feast on the glories of God in creation. Marvel at the brilliant golds and reds of sunset. Let the sand and surf warm your weary bones. Spend time languishing through the long hours of the day.

    I'll be fine. Just fine.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Ah, Anita. Of all my tens of tens of readers, you're the weirdest.

    That's the first time my agent Greg ever commented on my blog! Clearly, he's got too much time on his hands. I KNEW it!! (Greg: that "density/destiny" joke was TOTALLY FUNNY! I am so stealing that)

    All of you: Extremely sweet. Thank you. So far, break-wise, what I've done is sleep. Whoo-hoo! Now I'm eating and apple, lounging on my couch, and …. oh, crap. Blogging again, I see, almost.

    Whoo-hoo! I mean, no. Wrong. Bad.

  • http://sharpiron.org Christian Beyer

    Sound like the whole Crosswalk thing is adding to much work to your tiresome load. What the hell's a Crosswalk anyway? (Last time I asked that it cost me 60 bucks.)

    See you in a week.

  • Dan Harrell

    Take care John, now I'll have more time to actually work when I'm there instead of sneaking looks at the blog, who knows, I might even get some work out.

    See you soon.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Christian: Crosswalk.com is the flagship online presence of Salem Communications, which basically OWNS Christian radio in this country. VERY conservative; very active politically. I'm one of their bloggers (and how that happened, I have no idea). Everything I run here on Suddenly Christian also runs on Crosswalk and Salem's other huge site, Christianity.com. Crosswalk.com gets some 2.5 million views a month; they have some 300,000 subscribers.

    Anyway, part of the difficulty of what I do with this blog is that, given the venue in which my stuff is primarily seen, I have to be careful not to tread upon the sensibilities of the Salem people. So I'm forever walking that line. But it works: every month, I'm Crosswalk's second or third most popular blogger, behind the Souther Baptist Convention's Albert Mohler. And there's … more than you wanted to know, I'm sure.

  • http://www.momof2.wordpress.com Lori

    I'm going to miss reading your blog for a week or so…I just can't imagine my e-mail without you! You should blog about why you're voting for Obama. Hurry up and finish your break! Is it over already? *sigh*

    P.S. I just had to sneak that Obama thing in since you did so at the end of your blog. :)

  • http://sharpiron.org Christian Beyer

    Jeesh, John. My bad.

    I checked out the site. Outside of your blog….

    Townhall?

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Townhall? I don't even know what that is. It sounds familiar, though. Was it one of those things that pop-up at you when you visit the site and cover the whole site until you find the close button?

    You'd think, after 18 mos. of writing for those guys, that I'd know/remember what "Townhall" is … but, alas, I …. well, don't.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Townhall? I don't even know what that is. It sounds familiar, though. Was it one of those things that pop-up at you when you visit the site and cover the whole site until you find the close button?

    You'd think, after 18 mos. of writing for those guys, that I'd know/remember what "Townhall" is … but, alas, I …. well, don't.

  • http://www.rbfproject.tk rbfproject

    I have greatly enjoyed reading your blog. I'll definitely have a stroll through the archives until you decide you miss blogging!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Thanks … rbfproject, very much. (And thanks for commenting. It's your first time, isn't it? Loser. I mean … it's so kind of you.

    Ha! I still got it!

    Sadly.

  • http://wineymomma.wordpress.com wineymomma

    Oh nos!!!!! Where will I find uptight Christians to discuss things with?!?!

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Didn’t I mention Crosswalk.com?

    Kidding!

  • http://sharpiron.org Christian Beyer

    It's a conservative e-mag hosting columns by like Pat Buchanan, Phylis Shafley, Cal Thomas, Ann Coulter and…..Chuck Norris. That'd be something to see….a co-effort by you and Chuck Norris. Yep, that's what I'm talkin' about.

  • http://sharpiron.org Christian Beyer

    It's a conservative e-mag hosting columns by like Pat Buchanan, Phylis Shafley, Cal Thomas, Ann Coulter and…..Chuck Norris. That'd be something to see….a co-effort by you and Chuck Norris. Yep, that's what I'm talkin' about.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Is it a Salem Web project? Cuz if it is, I COULD do … dueling columns with Chuck. It's be fun to bitch-slap that goon…

    Okay, I'd be terrified.

    I should totally look into this, though. Sounds fun. Sounds like what I'm ALREADY doing….

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Whoa. Never mind.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Whoa. Never mind.

  • http://www.yvettenietzen.com Yvette

    Enjoy your break, but since your a writer, I imagine it won´t be too long.

    Blessings

  • Jessica

    Have a great rest.

  • http://ww.sheppardministries.com Greta

    If, while you retire for awhile…hm-m-mm…and you’re looking for a new book along the line of “I’m O.K….You’re Not!” then look for this latest book: “Jesus, save me from your followers!” Dave Gilpin is the Writer… A pastor who almost burned out. He is famous for another quirky book: “Rage Against Beige”.

    His website is http://www.newwineministries.co.uk

    Don’t be gone too long! Hurry up and rest!

  • http://ricbooth.wordpress.com ric booth

    Enjoy your break John. I will miss your humor, your writing, and ahh… you. Your blogging process looks very familiar except… you left out the “take break to eat”, “take break to respond to significant-other”, “interrupt train of thought to deal with snarky commenter” etc.

  • Judy

    You deserve a break, but I have a feeling it won't be a long one. You keep popping back in here reading and making comments. You can't help yourself. You like us, don't you?! :)

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    No, I don't. I have no idea what you're talking about.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    No, I don't. I have no idea what you're talking about.

  • http://samwrites2.wordpress.com samwrites2

    John,

    I’d just cut down my visits to your blog to about 3 a day. Dang.

    Have you ever posted something about… Nevermind. If I bring up a topic it might encourage you to abandon your well-deserved break.

    -Sam

  • http://angelbearoh.wordpress.com angelbearoh

    Wow!! How can I start doing that Crosswalk part of the job?

  • http://angelbearoh.wordpress.com angelbearoh

    Wow!! How can I start doing that Crosswalk part of the job?

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Christian: Yeah, I see where Townhall.com IS a Salem product. And it's pretty exactly what they do. That's … who they are. That's what they do.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    Christian: Yeah, I see where Townhall.com IS a Salem product. And it's pretty exactly what they do. That's … who they are. That's what they do.

  • http://ricbooth.wordpress.com ric booth

    hmmm… so this is what a break looks like. Just commenting. Ok. I can live with that. When we weary of commenting on this post you can link over to another older post.

  • http://ricbooth.wordpress.com ric booth

    hmmm… so this is what a break looks like. Just commenting. Ok. I can live with that. When we weary of commenting on this post you can link over to another older post.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    I do see your point.

    BUT: commenting on comments: Zero effort.

    Writing whole new post: Monster effort.

    It's the difference between floating on your back in the middle of a pool and doing serious laps.

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    I do see your point.

    BUT: commenting on comments: Zero effort.

    Writing whole new post: Monster effort.

    It's the difference between floating on your back in the middle of a pool and doing serious laps.

  • http://mormonsoprano.wordpress.com mormonsoprano

    I sooo totally relate to your creative process and time commitment and energy-sapping-blog-life. (and what's up with You-Tube anyway?!)

    My blog process is even longer, I hate to admit. I am such a "paralyzed perfectionist" I frequently spend hours on a post I end up leaving in my "draft" pile and then starting all over. Pulling all-nighters for blogging is seriously deranged, don't you think? I'm deranged. I need help. Is there a "Bloggers Anonymous"? I think the two of us should join.

    Ohmigosh, guess what, there is! Read about the signs of "Blog Addiction" here: http://darmano.typepad.com/bloggers_anonymous/com

    That is seriously too funny – imagine an "online support group and reading materials" for people who spend too much time online already? HAAHAAHAA!!

    OK – take your "break", John, and then come back and join the rest of your sleep-deprived bladdar-brain blogging buddies. (But wait! I see you peeking in here and commenting continually – you really are a true Blog addict, congratulations & welcome to the "Compulsive Blogger Syndrome" club!)

  • http://mormonsoprano.wordpress.com mormonsoprano

    I sooo totally relate to your creative process and time commitment and energy-sapping-blog-life. (and what's up with You-Tube anyway?!)

    My blog process is even longer, I hate to admit. I am such a "paralyzed perfectionist" I frequently spend hours on a post I end up leaving in my "draft" pile and then starting all over. Pulling all-nighters for blogging is seriously deranged, don't you think? I'm deranged. I need help. Is there a "Bloggers Anonymous"? I think the two of us should join.

    Ohmigosh, guess what, there is! Read about the signs of "Blog Addiction" here: http://darmano.typepad.com/bloggers_anonymous/com

    That is seriously too funny – imagine an "online support group and reading materials" for people who spend too much time online already? HAAHAAHAA!!

    OK – take your "break", John, and then come back and join the rest of your sleep-deprived bladdar-brain blogging buddies. (But wait! I see you peeking in here and commenting continually – you really are a true Blog addict, congratulations & welcome to the "Compulsive Blogger Syndrome" club!)

  • http://www.johnshore.wordpress.com John Shore

    (Lori: Sorry to be so late on the response, but I’m voting for Obama for the same reason I guess anyone would vote for either candidate: because I think he’d be the better president.)

    Mormon: I checked out that link. I think I MIGHT have a Blog Addiction! Yowzer. How awful.


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