The day before yesterday was the official launch day of my blog. It still seems a bit daunting and scary to me. I didn’t write yesterday because, well, I was busy getting ready to head back to work (I’ve been on vacation). I finished up some household projects such as taking down the Christmas tree, the accompanying decorations, and finishing up my church’s annual report.
And if truth really be told, I had writers block. So soon? Yep. In fact, that is one of the reasons I set becoming a better writer as one of my professional goals this year. I thought that if daily writing became a discipline for me I would get better at it and suffer from writers block less frequently. I know I just started, but I’m dubious.
I took several classes in seminary from a teacher who was a writer. She would always give us a writing prompt for the writing exercises we would do in class as well as for our projects and other assignments. It was a word, a phrase, or even an object to get us started. It was surprisingly helpful and I sometimes marveled at what those prompts would cause to bubble up within me.
Today WordPress gave me my prompt. Since I’m a newbie at all of this they thought I could use one. Duh. The prompt was this: What change would you like your blog to make in the world? Talk about intimidating. I’ve always wanted to change the world, but never once have I thought my blog could do that. I’m still not convinced. However, it did prompt me to think about the direction this thing might go.
The other day a colleague, a seasoned blogger, asked if he could link my blog to the site he manages for our association. I declined. I did so because as I just stated, I’m not sure the direction this blog is going to take and so I’d rather wait. I still don’t know where this is going, but what I do know is I have to keep plugging away at this and I’m sure as someone encouraged when I began, I’ll find my voice. And yes, WordPress, I’d love to change the world. Thank you for asking. In the meantime, I have a sermon to write.