It has been a few days since I last posted to the blog, and sadly I have broken my daily posting streak I started when lockdown began. I am a bit disappointed that I didn’t reach 100 posts in a row, but, as the title suggests, life happens!
Sincere apologies to anyone who came looking for a post and couldn’t find one!
On 17th March, I put up a post called Coronavirus, and that seems a very long time ago now! I posted each day for a few days, and that turned into an ambition to post something to the blog every day. Three months in, I did not miss a day until the weekend just gone.
It wasn’t a bad weekend or anything, but there were a lot of things going on in life and I just did not have the time to sit down and write. Something had to give in the end and I’m genuinely sorry it was the blog.
I am sure I am not alone in this. I suppose we have all had times where life just happened, and prevented us doing one thing or another. We love to plan our lives, and yet our plans so rarely work out! I praise God that He is in total control.
Writing a blog is actually quite time consuming – I’m sure fellow bloggers will agree. I don’t tend to write opinion pieces and largely try to focus on biblical topics. That requires a bit of thought and study, and so it may take a bit of time to prepare and write a post. While on lockdown, I gained a fair bit of time not spent on commuting to work, volunteering, and helping get children to and from various events. Now the lockdown is starting to ease in the UK, some of those things are coming back and my time is becoming more limited.
For example, I volunteer with our village’s local magazine which was suspended during COVID-19 restrictions. We are now hoping it can return in the summer, and so I am starting to pick up that volunteering again.
I’m sure the same is true for you. All that time you gained during lockdown is now starting to reduce as life – hopefully – begins to return to some new normal.
It is probably now a little ambitious for me to try and post every single day, as much as I would like to. I have seen some growth in blog readers and followers over the last few months and I do not want to let anyone down. I have to be realistic about my time however, and I certainly don’t want to put out posts which are not up to scratch!
After some thought and prayer, I will aim to post on weekdays, leaving weekends off. As well as my usual writing, I will try to incorporate an audio podcast and video as well each week (so perhaps three written blogs, a video and a podcast each week). That is still a fair time commitment, but I am hopeful I can maintain this in the coming weeks. If I return to the office any time soon, then I may have to review!
I am always happy to get constructive feedback, so do tell me what you think. I love writing this blog, and I really want to complete writing another book. Knowing the demands on my time, I need to create space in order to do that.
How are you finding the transition through the lockdown? Life changed dramatically when the restrictions came in, and I feel it will change again as it is reversed. What have you learned from this time of life? I’d love to hear your experiences.
Have a great day!
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Thank you for all the entries you have done, written and audio these last few months, I have loved them, found them informative, challenging and inspiring. I tended to binge read them and have to admit since the 14th of May haven’t been able to keep as up to date, Life happens! A.k.a a baby happend!
I think there is a fine line between people being encouraging and putting on pressure so I hope you feel encouraged and not pressurised to keep posting regularly. We all enjoy what you do post and find it Biblically sound. Thank you.
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Andy I have enjoyed your blogs and found them challenging. I admire your honesty on the matter of life and our limited time for things. I am one the new lockdown bloggers, I began in the first week of April. It has been a challenge learning all about this new format of sharing, and I have stuff still to improve on. I am blessed in that due to caring and health issues I have time to spare, even before lockdown happened. But if I must be honest, this whole blogging process has been about God getting me to obey by using my talents. I have had an ability to write for some years but have used it very rarely for serving God, to my shame. Prompts have come and gone but God has used Covid19 to make me obedient, Hallelujah! Then just a few days ago I found in a cupboard an old draft for a biography of a man of God, many years old. I will say one thing for our Father God…He is persistent. The long and short of it is that my writing journey may be a steep learning curve, but I will continue to serve Him.
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