Rethinking the Blog

Thinking.44121810Some days there are things far more important than writing a blog.  That has happened twice this week.  Once it was a friend in trouble and tonight it was my dear aunt who needed a ride home from visiting my uncle in hospital.  Those things have to take priority so in the next two months I’m going to have to do some rethinking of the blog.

I made a commitment to write one each week day all year and I fully intend to live out the promise but now I need to begin considering what the next steps are.

One of the reasons for the blog was to develop a daily discipline to write.  I’m not sure I could keep that up without the blog.  Discipline is a big word for anyone who is pulled in lots of directions.  It is so easy to digress when the commitment is only to oneself.  There is something valuable about being responsible to someone or something outside ourselves.

Looking back at my numbers I should be able to figure out which days people read my blog most so perhaps picking two days would be a good idea.  Ideally it would mean I still have to write daily but perhaps I could do more research or do a little more depth in the writing.

It is obvious that the best read blogs are the ones which flow from the heart and tell stories about my life and the people who touch it.  Those sorts of blog posts should likely be my focus.

Taking another blogging course like Blogging 201 might be a good idea.  I’ve taken 101 twice now.  The first time was a bit of a disaster but I pretty much got most of the second time.

I have some other things which needs some writing skill too.  I have to prepare a brochure for my Spiritual Direction and revamp my web page and those will take some time and thought.

I dream of writing a book about my life which may never be read but I think the blog might be a good place to begin putting pieces of it together.

To my faithful readers I tip my hat with thanks for your patience on the days I haven’t much to say and your encouragement on the days it touches you.

Lots to think about.

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About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises, I work as an "Associate Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and soon to be, spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 20 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. My own passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director. I am studying with the Ontario Jubilee Program. This new field I believe puts all my talents with people into one place which and may​ become something I can continue into retirement. Supporting people is what I do best. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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