A few of you may be wondering about whether I have taken a vow of silence — or perhaps just erratic non-silence. Truth is, I’m trying to figure out where to invest in some things, particularly in regard to writing.
“Distinct Impressions” has been my primary tonic for self-therapy and release for many years. There’s a little bit of everything in these pages. For those around long enough, there’s a lot of everything in the original pages that were distributed by email and not by blog.
Recently, I’ve been contemplating branching into a multi-blog format. I’ve already set a few up.
- Distinct Impressions (this one) – reserved for those “ah-ha” or humorous moments. No particular themes. (And yes, still a great source of therapy for me. Just think of it as my way of not tying up your time with late-night phone calls and visits. Also easier for me since I’m predominantly introverted.)
- Reconciliation (http://reconciliation.theobloggers.com) – concentrated on peace and reconciliation from a spiritual view.
- 3Cs (http://jcope.wordpress.com) – nothing here yet. I intend to focus here on more general concepts of peacemaking — useful to students, leaders, and everyday people like me who occasionally are looking for ways to get unstuck from conflict.
- The Foster Dog Chronicles (http://myfosterdog.wordpress.com). This one requires a little more explanation. If you’re my FaceBook friend you might be aware (unless you’ve hidden my posts so as not to be annoyed by them), that Nancy and I are foster parents to our son’s dog, Zoe. As I got involved in FaceBook, I was conflicted (yes, it’s true) over what to write about in this social network community. Knowing that a good number of my “friends” are children and their family members from church, I wanted something safe but enjoyable. Except for kids (and perhaps cats, although it’s a stretch) nothing is safer or more enjoyable than sharing the adventures of a dog. So, using Twitter as my feed source (which means, for you non-Twitter people that I can only use 140 characters or less for any single post), I have been giving the people what they want. In truth, my “friends” are far more enamored with Foster Dog’s life than with my own. I’ve been encouraged to do a more in-depth treatment of some of Zoe’s adventures and thus “The Foster Dog Chronicles” blog has been established for that purpose. Problem is, I can’t quite get past the 140 character-Twitter thing. So, no chronicles yet.
There’s the update. If you have thoughts let me know. Also, I’m thinking about migrating all of my blogs over to a single site. My friend, Brad, and I will be in conversation about that sometime later this year. I’ll post that info here if that happens.
Oh, I’ve never really written blogs that encourage comments or interaction. A large factor in that is that people don’t always want to comment on what I write. And I’ve never really written blogs that many people read. I’m not opposed to comments or questions or contrasting views. But I would encourage you to contact me if you have preferences or suggestions regarding my current writing crisis. Comment here or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for reading.