Changes On This Blog

After some thinking, praying and conversation, I’ve decided to step back from blogging a bit.

This doesn’t mean that this blog will no longer exist.  I am going to continue to blog at this address.  In addition, I’m going to continue to try to blog with excellence.  I want to continue to engage the culture, apply the gospel to all of life, and do what little I can on this site to advance the kingdom.  I would encourage you, then, to stay with me, and to sign up for my RSS feed (look up a little bit and to the right on this page–see the “Subscribe to RSS Feed”?  Click that).  All that’s involved with an RSS feed is this: you sign up, and whenever I blog, you’ll get my blog sent to your email inbox.  That means you won’t constantly have to check this site to see when I blog.  If you don’t want to do this, simply check back 2-4 times a month and you’ll catch the content I put up.

I started blogging to get writing experience.  I wasn’t getting enough practice at writing, and so I started a blog.  I didn’t really try to follow anyone else’s blogging model, but merely tried to write my thoughts on a given topic each day and see what people thought.  It was a very helpful exercise, and I’m glad I did it.

Now, though, with lots of commitments and responsibilities, I need to step back.  I need to focus more on permanent things.  Blogs can be immensely helpful, valuable, and edifying, but so can other things, and certain other things may last longer.  Blogging is a great intellectual and spiritual discipline, but as other venues of edification open up, one may have to focus less on blogging and more on family, church, classes, projects, and other things.

Don’t misunderstand me.  I love blogging, support it, and will continue to do so.  I am finding in my own personal experience, though, that as I get older, other commitments and responsibilities press on me.  While fun and meaningful, blogging can at times be something of a chore.  In my case, I think the benefits of day-to-day blogging have made themselves clear.  In this season, it’s time to reap in other fields.

I may at some point jump back into my blog on a full-time basis, and I’m thus being careful not to close any doors unnecessarily.  When I don’t have other writing commitments, I could definitely see myself picking this back up.  Perhaps that will happen next summer; I’m not sure.  For now, though, I’m going to keep blogging but on a limited basis.

I do hope that the posts I turn out in coming days will be well thought-through and rich.  Perhaps blogging less will increase the quality of my posting.  We’ll see.  At any rate, I do hope that readers will stick with me and not abandon me.  I’ve seen less-regular blogs like theologian Paul Helm’s blog Helm’s Deep or Russ Moore’s Moore to the Point (when he gets busy) remain immensely stimulating and edifying.  I’ll try for the same on this site.

In conclusion, thanks to those who regularly read this blog and those who comment.  It’s a joy to keep this site going, and I look forward to further interaction and edification in the future.  Starting now, I’ll be posting a little less, but I will continue to do what I can, and I hope you’ll stick around.

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  • Al

    You have my support! Take care of important things first.

  • Ian

    Hey, it’s me again –

    Thanks for letting us know. While I don’t really comment at all, I have enjoyed reading your insightful posts and have been blessed by them. Yes, blogging can be very rewarding, but it is all too easy to let it consume time that is better spent elsewhere. I will sign up for feed to get your posts when they come out.

  • I like the approach of not completely shutting down . . . but changing the frequency. The cool thing is with a feed reader we will be alerted if you do post.