Why this blog?

There was a time that I dabbled in journalism. My favorite thing about it was the opportunity to learn. I did not care as much about crafting the story or getting a byline. I was most excited about researching and interviewing people, hearing their stories, and learning what makes life meaningful for them.

In this blog, I want to share lessons I learn in my own life … from simple things like which kitchen storage containers I’ve found to work best to more personal issues like how I stay in touch with those closest to me.

I can also share lessons from others’ lives. When I considered what I have to share with the world which could add value to someone else’s life, I thought that one of my gifts is passing along what others have taught me. I can tell their stories for them. Many people do not have the time or the avenue to share. Some just don’t like to write or don’t think about writing.

I am not an expert in any one thing. I like food and travel and finances and organizing … but I am not interested in focusing all my energy into one category. I know that successful bloggers find a niche. Being a seminary student and pastor, one would think that I’d blog about spiritual stuff. Part of me likes that idea, and part of me wants to do something broader. Or spiritual, but less direct. I do not read religious blogs. So why would I write a religious blog? I read blogs that are more informative. Ones that help with everyday life stuff. I don’t want to hear someone else’s opinion about God. It can sound preachy. Sometimes I disagree. Over-spiritualization is annoying. Anyway, I don’t want to force out a blog entry about God when I’m not feeling especially spiritual.

So maybe I’ll write one tip, one piece of advice, one fact to hold on to … every day. Will I learn something new everyday? I don’t know. This exercise will probably encourage me to be more thoughtful and introspective. To listen more. To dwell on the day and pull out one thing that is worth remembering. I like that idea. Even if it benefits no one else … even if it doesn’t end up adding value to another person … I believe this idea has potential to add value, at the least, to my own life. And that is why I should do it.

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