5 Things I’ve learned from Blogging Daily

I decided on June 21, 2022, to post daily. In no particular order, here is a list of five things I’ve learned over the last 34 days.

1) Discipline breeds more discipline.

Discipline. The word evokes negative images in our mind, but really discipline should be viewed as a positive. For example, when I decided to start riding my bike to regain my health, I noticed my eating habits improved. I became disciplined in one area, and it led to making better choices in another area of life. I’ve learned there are similar benefits from setting aside time to write every day.

Before jumping into the deep end of the pool of daily posting without floaties, I would make every excuse for not writing. (I’m the king of procrastination.) However, when I began to see the “streak-notifications” in my WordPress feed, it felt good. Like Jerry Seinfeld’s red x’s on the calendar, these notifications motivated me to write.

2) People are supportive.

We all know people can be negative. Just visit Twitter or Facebook, right? However, after posting to my blog daily, I’ve noticed many people are encouragers. Family, friends, and complete strangers have cheered me as I plod my way around the blogosphere trying to find my voice.

3) Your gift makes room for you.

I’ve also learned that your gift will make room for you. If you’re familiar with this phrase, you know that is comes from the Bible. Proverbs 18:16 states, “A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men” (KJV). Through the practice of sharing my thoughts with others here, I’ve been allowed to have conversations with others that would have never happened otherwise.

4) Every thought doesn’t need to be groundbreaking.

We all want to be original. But to be original, your thoughts don’t have to be groundbreaking. For example, I wrote about riding my bike in the countryside in a post called Bluefish Solitude, and people loved it. All I shared was an average experience from my perspective. It doesn’t have to be groundbreaking to garner attention, people love reading genuine pieces written from a unique point of view.

5) Every thought doesn’t need to be published.

Finally, I’ve learned I don’t have to publish every thought. When you’re trying to say something unique every single day, you worry that you’ll run out of things to say. With this fear comes the temptation, to slap something up, so you can check it off the list of things to do. Over the last month, I’ve been guilty of this. But as I continue to write, I realize some ideas need to ferment and others need go straight to the garbage. However, if I hadn’t begun to write daily, how would I even know which is which?

A New Category Emphasis

If you’ve followed the blog any length of time, you’ve learned that I’ve always wanted to write a novel. The dream of becoming a published author began in third grade after my teacher selected me to attend the Young Author’s Conference. The young adult and children’s author Avi was the guest speaker that year. I was hooked. I wanted to write stories others would enjoy.

As I grew older, God led me down the path to vocational ministry, and I assumed my aspiration of being a storyteller was only a childish fantasy. After serving in ministry for several years, I came across a book called God as Author: A Biblical Approach to Narrative by Dr. Gene C. Fant Jr. It may sound nerdy, and maybe it is, but this book was a game changer for me. Although I had known the power of story, this book opened my eyes to the possibility of using stories to tell (or retell) the greatest story of all, the story of God’s redemption of humanity in Christ.

Why am I sharing this? Well, I’m wanting to concentrate a blog category here on writing (especially, fiction). I have rows of books dedicated to the craft of writing in my library, and I’m always gaining more, so I want to work my way through them, posting my thoughts along the way. The first book, you guessed it, will be Fant’s God as Author: A Biblical Approach to Narrative. It’s basically a theology of writing fiction, so it may be a little nerdy for some’s taste, but I think it will be a good place to start.

If you’re like me, I’ve often struggled with understanding how God can use fictional writing to further His kingdom. Of course, there were stories like Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, and Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, but how could stories I create be used? This book helped me wrap my head around how God can use imaginary plots and characters to point people to the hope found only in Christ.

I invite you to come along on this journey with me. If you choose to, please let me know in the comments section. Also, be sure to grab a copy of Fant’s God as Author as Author if you follow along.

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Early Gratitude

The following piece is from a writing exercise. I’d love to hear some feedback. The goal of the exercise is to capture a scene, so the reader feels present within it. How did I do? Let me know in the comments. Be honest. All constructive criticism welcome!

The pain in his bladder forced him to open his eyelids. He laid, staring blurry-eyed at the bedroom ceiling, until his visioned focused. He slipped from the covers and tiptoed across the hardwood floors to the table where his cellphone was charging. Flipping the phone over, the light from the screen cast a blue hue over the bedroom. 6:39 a.m. He quickly switched off the glowing screen, as not to wake his wife, and eased his way into the hallway.

The house lay still and dark, with faint sunlight fading through the curtains. Although his body creaked and moaned, the solitude of the moment wrapped a welcoming arm around his shoulder. After a brief stop by the bathroom and making coffee, he made his way to the screened porch in the back. Clutching his prayerbook and Bible, he settled into the swing and listened to creation begin its wake-up call.

Birds warbled. Squirrels scampered. Cars hummed in the distance. The family cat met him with a glance. He soaked in the sights and sounds, appreciating each one as a gift from God. In the privacy of the early morning, he realized how much he had to be thankful for. Even if… especially if, he couldn’t sleep in on a Saturday.