Well, we're more or less at the halfway point of my Big Serious Blogging Experiment. I have to say that this has been a very rewarding experience.
First, as I mentioned before, I started writing some of these out before the official Experiment started. I wasn't sure how much time I'd really get to spend on these once I was in the midst of it. I knew that we had childbirth classes starting and that Lent is a typically busier time for me church-wise, so I wanted to get a leg up.
As it turned out, I was able to get a few legs up. Green was finished before Lent started, and I'd at least begun working on Darren. There's at least one other one that I haven't posted yet that I began early, too. Otherwise, I take advantage of days off or other evenings when Coffeewife is stuck at work.
The writing has come easier than expected. By the first weekend, I had the first four (remember that "Darren" counts as two) finished. It was just a matter of waiting every few days to post them. Seriously. That's how surprisingly easy this has gone.
To me, that also presented a downside. Don't get me wrong...I've been glad for the extra discipline put into my writing and I'm mostly proud of what I've presented so far. At the same time, since I've limited myself to these "essays" the past few weeks and was able to set up a posting "schedule" for weeks at a time, there was a lot of sitting around blog-wise. There were other things that I've wanted to post about the past few weeks, but because I wasn't willing or able to post about them in the "essay" format, I've had to give them up.
In other words, I wanted to write more, but couldn't. Basically, I've logged on every few days to hit "Publish Post," and then walked away for another few days. I've replied to a couple comments, but that's about it.
On the other hand, I've been very intentional about how often to post, and how much time I should give in between "essays" so that they get enough exposure before the next gets posted and the previous entries move down the blog. As a result, I've received fairly extensive feedback to what I've written. So this has taught me something about patience and payoff.
At this point, obviously a minimum of five more will be posted. With three weeks left, they'll be slightly more frequent. So business will pick up a little the rest of the way. Still to come: wanting to preach at General Synod, demolishing what you think you know about preacher's kids who go into the ministry, and a fable about a cat.
Hope you've enjoyed it so far.
I have. Mostly.