On the 11th day of Christmas…
These are 15 random things that over 8 years of blogging have taught me. People that analyse every comma and clause and look for watertight systematic thought should look away now. It is rather long, but then it is my penultimate posting (for now).
(1) Be yourself: try not to be an image of someone else or someone that you would like people to like. This is your platform: nobody else’s. People may not like what you write, but you write for you.
(2) Blogging is easy- it is just like writing a poem: you just open a vein and let it bleed.
(3) Try not to get too ‘preachy’. If you want to put something across, be ironic, playful and sometimes indirect. If you haven’t got a sense of humour and cannot be self deprecating, do not bother.
(4) Try to have a blog title that doesn’t involve your name. ‘Graham Peacock’s blog’ or ‘Insights from the ministry of Graham’, complete with a masthead of the writer with one of those preacher’s mics attached to the side of their head, probably says an awful lot about their ego. If someone does that, they probably need counselling before they attempt to blog.
(5) I do have a Faith: the best posts on that tend tangentially refer to it or occasionally be confessional about it.
(6)On Faith: there are few things that I understand any more but I know You are there. I have more questions, I am less sure & I mostly I just don’t know. But I know You are there.
(7) I have seen so many things and people crash I am painfully aware of my own fragility ( and that of my family,my life, my circumstances, my faith etc). This could all end at any minute. I have found my first (actually 2nd blog- the first one was back in late 2007/early 2008 and had 2 or 3 posts) www.diggingalot.blogspot.co.uk: my writing has changed a lot as I have got older and more aware of this reality.
(8)- Most people can’t cope with ‘telling it like it is’. I am no expert, but rather talking about your own questions, shortcomings or even ‘Hey people; the king has no clothes on.’ is something many people struggle to process. Many Christians want to hear Easter Sunday: Holy Week and the desolation of Good Friday are like an embarrassing relative that has to be endured/ignored before the real party begins. The trouble is, our everyday reality has a lot more Good Fridays and Easter Saturdays.
(9)I feel I get on better with those who have a divergent view to me; you discover more in trying to speak of what you believe and trying to listen to what they believe. Hell; it is more exciting.You often find strange and unlikely friends.
(10) Bloggers like those I have encountered and have got on with over the past 8 or so years tend to be out in the ‘wilderness’. Their voices are often more beautiful to me than those safe in the ‘city’.
(11) Every blogger has to be aware of ‘theological masturbation’: merely self pleasuring and producing little that will help any one, only the like -minded.
(12)-I’m getting old. Really I am. I have really felt this in the last year- keenly aware of a younger generation, of children growing up, of life shifting. This makes a difference to how I see the world; one result is the things that used to work me up don’t any more. I prefer songs in minor keys even more than I did.
(13) Within the Church, I have encountered the greatest love & support I have ever known. I have also seen some of the greatest bastardy as well.
(14) Use good grammar. I blogged daily and had many grammar fails. Too many and anything you write is hard to follow.
(15)I can never, ever get past Grace; I haven’t experienced anything else like it under the sun. The challenge has always been to show that in my blogging: I have rarely managed it.
Why 15 things? Because there are…