In November, I will reach the four-year anniversary of being a blogger. I was reflecting on this recently. I realized that I could divide my blogging life into three neat sections.
I began blogging at the encouragement of my friend Matt Cannon. I was complaining one day at work about all of the ideas I had and things I wanted to say. Matt said that I should start blogging them.
My first blog was just about ideas that I would think about throughout the week. I would focus on a couple all week. On Saturday mornings I would sit down and crank out a couple of blog posts. I would try to write no less than 1000 words for each of them. I would post them and walk away. If a person or two read them, that was great. I simply blogged.
This stage lasted through my first two blogs and into this one that you are currently reading.
Sometime over this past year, I became what I call a blogger. On top of posting my own posts, I began participating in other people’s blogs. I have become a part of some really great communities and met some great people. I love the communities I have become a part of.
Recently, with the encouragement of Jeff Goins, I have entered another stage of blogging. I have declared myself a writer. I decided to stop waiting to call myself that. I write daily. I ship daily. I am writing an eBook.
I am a writer.
Three stages. I wonder what is next?
Have you gone through stages in your blogging life? What stage would you say you are in now?
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Today I just want to highlight one blog — Dan Black On Leadership.
Dan has become a good friend of Deuceology. He stops by frequently, comments and retweets the blog posts out. Dan loves leadership and encourages all of us who read his blog to become better leaders.
Check Dan out here.
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Approximately one year ago, I wrote a blog post that changed my life. You won’t find it if you check the archives. In fact, I deleted it some time back.
At that point in my life, I was going through negative experience and negative mindset. I would not have admitted that second part if you had asked me. I would have simply said that I was going through negative experience. I would have said that I was the only positive person involved in the experience.
This was not the only blog post that I was negative in, but it was probably the tipping point of some things that were to come. It was the one that pushed me past the edge of where I needed to be.
I caused myself some pain and heartache.
I caused my family pain and heartache.
But that is not what this post is about.
I hit rock bottom in some areas in my life. I needed to.
It was the only way that I was going to be able to begin the climb back to where I needed to be.
It was the only way I was going to take that particular area in my life and become positive.
It was the only way I was going to be able to make my blog posts positive.
It was the only way that I was going to actually see where I was and where I needed to be.
Thanks to all of those who stuck with me. Thanks to those who encouraged me. Thanks to those who were honest with me.
It made all the difference in the world.
Have you ever looked back over a year and seen the difference that was made?
I need your help.
Lots of restaurants have “How are we doing?” cards. They want to hear back on service, ect. I want to do something similar.
Deuceology in nearing its first anniversary. Few, if any of you, remember my first two blogs. Some of you will remember what this blog was like this time last year. Today, I really want to hear from you.
You may have never commented on this blog. Today, I would like for you to answer three questions for me.
What is this blog all about?
Why do you come here, subscribe or read?
What direction would you like to see it go?
You may think some of these are strange questions. I consider all of you who take time to visit, read and comment as partners in the Deuceology experience. I thank you for taking part of your day to visit here with all of the blogs that are available to read.
My first year is almost over. I look forward to another year with you.
Let’s jump right on in to what happened here in Deuceology land this week.
Sunday’s post was Diet Mountain Dew and The Glory of God. This turned out to be a well received post. Actually, I think it is the most read post of 2012 so far.
Monday brought First Church Year #4.
Collaboration, Community and Christ was Tuesday’s offering.
Wednesday’s I Killed My Bucket List brought my biggest day of the week. I wish, in hindsight, that I had given this post the title, Kick The Bucket List.
I gave some Christian Copouts on Thursday. Andrew Zahn suggested I write a book based on this one.
Finally, on Friday, Smells Like…… was the last post of the week.
I am going to add a new page to the blog. It will be my speaking schedule. It’s not like it is extensive, but beginning in May I will be speaking weakly ast a local campground. I would love to add some other opportunities. I will include this list for the main reason that I would love for my friends who read follow my blog to pray for me as I do this.
I also am taking baby steps to going toward a self-hosted blog. I would really like to have more flexibility in what I do here.
Also, I am preparing for my first video blog. I think I have enough material. Hopefully, I can pull it off in the next couple of weeks.
I hope everyone has a great week.
Tell me how your week went. Was a good one?
All in all, it was a good week. I appreciate everyone who visits and comments.
I would like to kick off February in two ways. I’m going to tell you a little about me. Then I want to know a little about you.
I’m 43 years old. I’m working on my twentieth year of marriage to my lovely wife, Jan. I have two outstanding kids, Lauren and Andrew, who will both be in high school next year. I came to know Christ when I was 25, even though I had been in church all of my life.
I surrendered to a call to ministry in 1999. I thought that meant I had to go to seminary and be a pastor. So, that’s what I did. I went to seminary for a year and then returned home. However, I never became the pastor I thought I would be.
Now, I preach in a campground from late spring through fall. I teach in church any time I can. We are also in the beginning stages in a new church. You can follow those adventures every Monday.
I love to write my blog and interact with all of you good folks who choose to visit Deuceology. I’ve made more mistakes than I care to admit while blogging. I love this community that I have become a part of in the blogosphere.
That’s my story.
What’s your story?
I want to take it to the next level.
Have you heard this phrase lately? How about using it?
I have to confess that I have.
Just a few weeks ago I was wondering how I could take this blog to the next level.
Here’s the problem.
What exactly does that mean?
Seriously. What is the next level for my blog? How many more views will it take? How many more comments? What is the next level?
How about our faith in Christ? How about our churches?
What is the next level?
How is it measured?
How will we know when we get there?
Let’s STOP taking it to the next level!!!
We may never know when we get there.
Let’s pursue Christ with everything we have. That actually may be next level.
What will you do to stop taking it to the next level?
I haven’t watched It’s A Wonderful Life. I plan to one night this week. It is a wonderful movie (how did you like that little play on the title?) that has become a standard and a classic. It’s a must see every Christmas season.
Hopefully you know the story of how George Bailey realizes what a difference he has made in people’s lives. That’s what it’s about, isn’t it? One man making a difference in a lot of people’s lives.
That’s what Christmas is all about, isn’t it?
One Man who came to earth. One Man who gave up the riches of heaven. One Man who obeyed. One Man who glorified His Father. One Man who made a difference in a lot of people’s lives.
What difference can you make can you make because of Christmas?
Can you make a difference with a blog?
Can you make a difference in your family?
Can you make a difference at work?
Can you make a difference with a friend?
Can you make a difference in the world?
What difference will you make?
Do you have a wonderful life?