My Conundrum

It has been more than three weeks since I last posted. And in the last couple months, my posts have become fewer and farther between.

I’ve hit a wall of sorts.

I’m not sure what the problem is. It might be writer’s block, it might be a lack of time and space to write… or it might be Twitter.

It’s not that I don’t have ideas. Lately, I’ve been feeling like I have too many ideas rumbling around. Complex ideas that I’m not sure how to articulate. Ideas that may be more appropriate for books than blogs. To be honest, I feel overwhelmed; I don’t know where/how to start. But I want to write.

So I’m just going to start up again, fumbling along the way. I’m just going to write.

I might start a series that never gets finished. I might seem more random than usual. I might not make much sense (or less sense than normal).

There might not be any regularity to my posting. I might not always post in the morning. I know I won’t post every day, and I might occasionally post two things in one day. I’m going to stop worrying so much about the blogging “rules” and building my tribe.

I’m just going to write.

And I appreciate you coming along for the ride.

Your Opinion is Requested

I am tinkering with a major overhaul of the blog. And I had an idea for a snazzy new header (which is the top of the page and the first thing someone would see when they stop by), which I then “created” in Pixelmator (a wonderful and cheap version of Photoshop made for the Mac). The issue is I know it’s a little out there, but I also think it’s unique and attention grabbing. It’s a creative way to express God “friending” us today… or maybe it’s heretical, I don’t know. But don’t just take my word for it… give me yours.

Please ruminate on the picture (you should click on it to get the full effect) and then share your opinion by rocking the vote. BTW, the voting booth will be closed in a week. Thanks!

Hit Pause, Restart

Two years ago I started this blog as a way to provide the students in my youth group with online devotionals. Silly me: Trix are for kids, and kids don’t read blogs!

It quickly morphed into a blog for families, a resource for the parents in our church to reinforce what we were talking about and to have faith conversations at home. A novel idea, I daresay, but also naive. Silly me: Teens still don’t read blogs, and they don’t talk to their parents unless they need money, food, or clean clothes.

In February 2011, I began blogging with what could mistakenly be called regularity. I was still trying to provide worthwhile material for parents of teens, but I had a handful of faithful readers that were encouraging me to write by their presence and comments (shout out to my mom!). And sometime this last year, a love of writing was reawakened in me.

(Sidenote: If you are a bazillionaire and you’d like to sponsor me and my family for the next few years so I can write full-time, I’m still waiting for your call. My number is 1-800-Wishful-Thinking.)

Along the way, I think I have stumbled on the purpose of this blog: to articulate and give attention to the Story of God in a way that inspires and empowers the People of God. I still write for my youth, their parents, and of course, my mom. And now there are two handfuls of readers, and I write for you as well.

But mainly, now I write for myself. I have found blogging my thoughts and wonderings to be an incredibly enriching experience. I don’t know what this blog will be a year from now, but I know I’ll still be writing.

Thank you for coming along for the ride.
Thank you for reading and commenting.
It is an honor to write, and a greater honor to be read.

A Guest Post on Family Christmas Traditions

I have a guest post going up this morning at Sight Regained, the blogging home of Louis Tullo. Louis is quickly becoming a friend, although we’ve never met and only know each other through the magic of the interweb.

Louis is hosting a series of guest posts on Christmas traditions and graciously asked me to write one. It’s a good series, and you can check out my post here.


So, I changed the look of the site again. I also overhauled the FBC logo, which can be found at the bottom of the page. What do you think of the changes?

And I also created a FBC Facebook fan page, so if you’re on “the Facebook,” clickity-click here and like the new page (por favor)!

I have been rethinking the purpose of this blog, and I want it to become something like a community in which faith conversations can take place. That, of course, does not depend solely on me. It depends on you.

What kind of things do you want to talk about? When it comes to the realm of Christianity, what kind of topics are you most interested in? Let me know in the comments (por favor).

Read Like You Mean It

I’m gone for the next couple of days; I get to hang out with a couple college buddies. So in the meantime and in-between-time, here are three great blog posts I’ve read recently that you should check out:

Christ is the Point – if you’re only going to read one of these, read this.

Obituary for the American Church – lengthy, but good, and spot on.

On the Gospel – even lengthier, but good read if you’ve got the time. These guys continually churn out really good stuff, lots of good stuff to process. I highly recommend checking out their blog.