New Plans for This Blog

Since I started this blog on New Year’s Day 2014, I’ve been asking myself these questions: “Who am I writing for? What am I trying to achieve?”  I’ve read the experts and I know that I’m supposed to have a specific topical focus and a specific audience for this blog.  Here’s what I’ve decided.

Hemingway knew how to meet a deadline. [photo by Robert Capa]

My New Purpose for this Blog

I’ve decided that I’m going to be writing for one reason only: to learn how to write, and on deadline.  Ideas aren’t my problem–I have plenty of ideas–my problem is consistently applying the seat of my pants to the seat of my chair.  My problem is the discipline of writing.

I want to learn the discipline of writing in the same way that I’ve learned the discipline of preaching.  I preach about 46 original sermons a year.  Preaching a few good sermons is relatively easy; what’s very difficult is to preach week in and week out, to preach when you’ve had a week of funerals, to preach when you’re tired, to preach when you feel as if you’ve already said everything interesting about Christmas Eve, to preach when you feel as if you aren’t prepared–that’s what’s difficult, and it’s that discipline that I’ve been learning when it comes to preaching.  It’s that discipline I need when it comes to writing.

My New Schedule

I will publish a new post at 5:00 AM 3 times a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  After I keep up that pace for a month, then I’ll see about publishing more frequently.

The Fox and the Hedgehog

The Philosopher Isaiah Berlin, drawing on a line from the Ancient Greek poet Achilocus, wrote a famous essay in 1953 entitled “The Hedgehog and the Fox.”  The basic idea is that the fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.  (Berlin’s essay applies this formula to Tolstoy (fox) and Dostoevsky (hedgehog).)  Foxes have a variety of interests; hedgehogs have one stubborn idea.

My New Topical Focus: Fox and Hedgehog

I’m going to follow my interest wherever it takes me (like a fox) while always writing in the service of The One Big Thing (like a hedgehog).

What’s that One Big Thing?  You’ll have to read to find out.

 

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8 thoughts on “New Plans for This Blog

  1. Discipline is great and is absolutely essential for writing and for so many other things in life (including sport). But discipline can also become a counterfeit God as our dear Tim Keller would say. Also be careful not to set unrealistic goals that will almost always end in failure and therefore disappointment. Not to say that your goals are unrealistic, only you know that. All I can say is that 5 a.m. is the idle of the night for me! Btw I never got your birthday message (maybe you need to wake up at 4 am…) Love and courage. Dan

    • I’m going to publish at 5 AM, not write then. But yes, I don’t want to set unrealistic goals. And, yes, I owe you a message. Maybe I’ll make it into a blog post….

  2. Setting deadlines for adults in personal life is hard. We had deadlines placed on us in school for our school work and I often remember waiting till the night before the deadline to actually do the assignment. Now as an adult when I have a work project I find it better to get started as soon as possible and keep a regular progress schedule so I am not overwhelmed. And in my personal life setting a schedule, I find is hard, since often the tasks are choices rather than a necessities. So, I know you have your some hard work ahead of you and it looks like your already formulating a plan, so God Speed with your writing. Also, I really like the Fox and Hedgehog analogy if you can draw you should make a little cartoon of the them. Can’t wait to read the new stuff so good luck.

  3. As a senior citizen, I do under appreciate blogs, however if your blogs are similar to your sermons and Bible studies; I will be an avid reader of them. May God continue to bless you with the knowledge and enthusiasm of this new effort to connect us with our Lord.