I’m Stuck

They said this would happen.  I’m stuck.

I have only been blogging for a couple of weeks but I find myself looking forward to it less and less; unless, of course, I have that great inspiration which demands I write.  All the “experts” that I read when I was thinking about blogging warned that this day would come.  Well, here it is. 

This is a great little diagram that I found over at one of my favorite daily blogs, Indexed.  I am somewhere in between the Evaluation stage and the Frustration stage with this blog.  The frustration stems from not being able to answer the questions that I am asking as I evaluate.  Who is my audience?  Why am I writing?  Who am I helping?  Am I blogging for me or for others?  Does blogging make a difference for me or for others?  Does blogging prepare me or help me along the way to God’s ultimate purpose for my life?  Should I continue to post three times every week or should I just do one longer post?  Or maybe I should do a really short one everyday?

These are just some things I wandering about; some things I’m stuck on.

What about you?  I would love to hear from you! 

What is your dream?  Your project?  Your ambition? 

What stage are you in?  How are you handling it? 

What are your suggestions for moving past the frustration stage and renewing imagination?

Also, a little feedback from you would be great.  What do you like as far as length and frequency of post?

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10 thoughts on “I’m Stuck”

  1. Keep at it regardless of frustration. Right things done repeatedly over time compound success.

    I often procrastinate on a writing assignment and finally force myself to sit down and start writing. Putting those first few words on a blank page is the hardest. Then, I wonder why I eve delayed in the first place.

    I recently completed a lesson on holiness entitled “Just Because I Love You” that I started five years ago.

    Now, I’m trying to set goals of writing at least one article or lesson per week. And I just keep clicking away at it. I have several projects on the go right now. I pray about it and then work on the one that seems to be the project for the day.

    I try to use my best hours of the day to fulfill my vision. In my case, I’m a morning person. So, you can imagine what I’m doing in the morning…if I have half a chance.

    Sometimes I throw my ideas into a mental crockpot and let them simmer for a while. It really helps.

    I also network with a sharing group, or will. They throw out ideas based on what I’m writing. It gives another’s perspective and adds to the cross-cultural part of what I do.

    I usually get at least one to four people to read through my stuff and allow them to edit it, offer suggestions for improvement, etc. I like the feedback, most of the time. If I don’t like the comment or don’t feel it adds to what I’m doing, I just don’t use it.

    Posts. Short. Brief. Interesting. Relevant. Once a week.

    I also keep a journal but one that has a difference. I don’t necessarily write what is going on every day but what I learn from prayer, reading, etc. every day. I write them in my journal and keep it close when I pray, go to church, and simply am thinking. The subjects start coming together as I go back through the journal and highlight the things that pertain to that subject.

    I would NOT go with longer blogs. I feel you will lose readership and those that do visit will browse.

    Why are you writing? Probably because you MUST write.

    Hope something above helps!

    JGP

  2. Tyler… PLEASE keep writing. They are excellent and although I don’t have time to respond or comment on every post, I do read them and can not express to you how much they encourage & challenge me every day. Often times, I read them in the morning as I’m going through emails at work and just taking a moment during the “busyness” of my day to switch my thinking back to my morning devotion mindset helps me to refocus my thoughts and priorities.

    My thoughts/feelings on your postings… write as often and lengthy as you feel the Lord leading you to write. Personally, I find the shorter posts to be better for me because of time BUT… there is no doubt your words have been annointed and if God inspires you to write… there is a reason! Whatever it is, however long it is, whenever it’s posted… it WILL benefit someone IF God is behind it.

    Keep up the good work. Proud of you! Love & Prayers ~ Rebecca

  3. I just recently discovered your blog. My husband suggested I read it. I’ve been tremendously challenged and blessed by your blogs. I’m in the process of writing a blog about our lives as deserts and God’s word, church and prayer as spiritual oases. Your blog is one of those spiritual oases for me. I think that allowing the Holy Ghost to be your guide and inspiration is the best suggestion I could give. God somehow always seems to know what we need and when.

    But my personal thoughts:
    shorter posts are better in interest of time; and once a week would be frequent enough for me. More would be great, but one a week would be sufficient. Just knowing that there would be something to read that would plug into my spiritual life would be refreshing.

  4. Whether they are shorter, longer, wiser, or whatever…keep them coming. They are helping people out there. I can promise you that.

  5. Tyler-I started a blog on word press. The website is heidititus.wordpress.com. It has past blogs from my blogger account as well as some I’ve written from a professional standpoint. I’d love any feedback you could give. Thanks for the latest post. It was great.

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