New ministries start out with high ideals and lots of energy. We forget that any work worth doing will have some challenges. How quickly we turn into wimps*! Read how it happened to me.
February 20, 2011
Dear Diary, Megan and I are talking about writing a ministry blog. I like the idea of getting our ideas out there without too much commitment. We decided that, of course, our blog must:
- Be well written. Don't contribute to more cyber space junk.
- Pay attention to web design principles. The words are like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
- Contain short posts so people take the time to read it. Jakob Nielsen said, "The average page visit lasts about 30 seconds."
- Show real truth. Apply the truth of the Bible to the reality of ministry life.
- Not expose the failings of close friends and relatives who do not want their sins to go viral. Some details are better left alone and offline.
- Make a difference. Aim to help, encourage, convict, inspire or cheer women in ministry.
- Have a following. A blog is not worth doing if the blogger's mother is the only one interested.
July 20, 2011Dear Diary, I haven't written for five months because we have been busy with the ministry blog. Boy, was I ever wrong about the commitment level it requires! In reality, a blog is:
- Time consuming to write. Blogs do not fly off the keyboard into the RSS feed. And, split infinitives always get in the way.
- Technologically frustrating without CSS and PHP fluency. Couldn't we allow people to make a simple comment without asking for a retinal scan?
- Difficult to keep short while being real, truthful, considerate, worthwhile, fresh, relevant and varied. Is my personal goal of 400 words or less even possible?
- Making me divulge more struggles and shortcomings than I thought I had. Example: I just admitted to being a wimp!
*A person who is regarded as weak or ineffectual (Yahoo! Education)