Just in case you hadn’t noticed, I’m new to blogs and blogging. Although I have used a computer for years, I’ve never been able to sustain a journal. This is because I’m not all that introspective – I’d rather be doing something than reflecting. Nevertheless, I am committed to keeping in touch with my friends and am determined to pass on what God is teaching me through his Word and my life experiences.
Blogging, at least for me, is reminiscent of an experience in junior high school (now referred to as middle school!). My assignment was to write a term paper on any aspect of the Roman Empire. After trekking to the community library and selecting several volumes from the shelves, I began reading and making notes on the prescribed index cards. I soon accumulated a lot of information, some of which was even recorded on 3 x 5 note cards. This process persisted for far more than two trips to the library. The project due date was approaching and I knew that I should begin to actually write the paper. My big problem was deciding on the subject. I had amassed heaps of information but was not quite sure how to organize and present it. So I sat there gazing at a paper just as blank as my mind… There was a lot I could write but it was difficult to get started.
Well, here I am now staring at a blank screen and wondering what to write which will be not only interesting but also edifying and uplifting. I’ve had tons of good ideas and in fact have written several outstanding blogs as I passed the night my bed. I have things all worked out and worded just perfectly. The problem is that by the time I get out of bed into my computer, you guessed it – my mind is blank. By the way, I was recently telling someone of the three sure signs of old age: memory loss…… I can’t recall the other two just now, but I know that they will come to me a little later!
You might be wondering by now about why it takes so long for me to get up and get to the computer, or why I don’t just write down some notes. If you are, please poke around on this blog site a little bit; find the “Welcome Page” or “My Story” to see a quick explanation. I’m not lazy but it does take me about three hours to get up, dressed, into my wheelchair and at my computer.
Another issue I struggle with is how to best address you, my readers. Some of you are reading this on a computer screen, others on a tablet and still others on cell phones. I have been tinkering with this blog a bit and will experiment with its form. I will attempt to write short blogs and then make reference to other, longer posts which will fill in details and give the expanded explanations. In the words of one of my professors, to expatiate! The target length of shorter posts will be 500 to 750 words. For your information, my word processor informs me that I recently dictated word number 500. Hopefully this length will accommodate tablet and cell phone users. If you are interested you can then get to a computer to handle longer posts. If you have read this far and are interested, please let me know what you think. Hopefully my future posts will be a little bit more substantial.
Just in case you’re wondering, I don’t know why there are two different fonts on this page. I tried but obviously my attempt to correct it were unsuccessful. I told you I was new to blogging.