FMF: Going for a Record

It’s five minute Friday time again…Ready, Set, Go!

I’m on a role this week and month on the blog with consecutive daily posts. I think I’ll see if I can actually blog every day this month. I need to take a look at my blog and see if I’ve ever actually done that in the 3+ years I’ve been part of Sparky’s Blog Challenge. If I haven’t I may just have to make that my goal this month since I’m already off to a great start…well 5 days into the month. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve tried to think of something to write all day and nearly just called it a night without posting, but then I remembered the 5 minute Friday post and thought I’d just go for it. No one will be up to read this tonight so it really isn’t like I’ll be wasting anyone’s time by writing about nonsense for 5 minutes. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, you thought you’d check out my blog over your Saturday morning coffee? Sorry to disappoint, but this is all I had for this post. Hope you do enjoy your weekend and your quiet time! Are you reading anything interesting while you drink your cup of coffee…well, besides my blog, of course?

I was supposed to be at a softball tournament this weekend, but the flu bug has hit our house. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

16 seconds until this post is done and it can’t come fast enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

What did you call me?

This weekend I was asked how I got started blogging by a writing coach during a casual conversation. I’ve been at this now for over 3 years and it doesn’t get old because I enjoy doing it. I’ve been blogging since August 3, 2011. This will be my 910th post. That almost makes me want to hold off on talking about this until I hit 1,000, but then I wouldn’t know what to post today and I need to keep going if I intend to make it to 1,000. I hope I am paying attention when I get there and have something really great to say that day. Who would want to waste a milestone with just some random thought?

I started this journey as part of the Sparky’s Blog Challenge group. The very loose rules of the group were to post daily at least 3 sentences or a picture and a sentence. ย You could recommit or sit out on a weekly basis, so there was no real pressure. The only consequence of failing to meet your commitment to blog daily was a little friendly harassment and the threat of finding yourself carrying a trail of toilet paper on your shoe. I think those are the rules. I am sure someone from Sparky Nation will correct me if I am wrong and toilet paper my house or something.

Somehow those consequences and the threat of toilet paper attached to my shoe didn’t keep me going for very long. If the rules and threats were motivating me, you would now be reading my 1,186th post and I would likely be very tired of this game. In reality, I’ve missed nearly 9 months of blogging opportunities over the past 3 years and 3 months.

Did you know that with all that writing I don’t consider myself a writer? Writers write books. Writers publish important articles in magazines. Writers create scripts for plays and movies. Writers put together lyrics for singers. OTHER people write blogs. I’ve posted nearly 23 entries a month for the past 39 months but I’m not a writer…what?

Can you relate to that?

What are you? What kind of title would others give you that you haven’t yet accepted? Why not? What holds you back? What makes you doubt your abilities? What would have to happen to move you from how you see yourself to how others see you? Do you value who others say you are? Do you believe in yourself? Do you need more recognition? Do you need a bigger platform? Who told you that right where you are in your growing skill or talent isn’t good enough? Who told you that if you aren’t published by a major label that you aren’t good enough to call yourself who He made you? Is it about money? Do you need monetary value attached to something to call yourself by that official title…whatever it is?

Welcome to my stream of consciousness….maybe some day I will invite you in to some of my answers to those questions. Right now I am going to go think about what I’m going toย post write on my blog tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hide and Seek with Daddy! :)

I just finished writing and posting my blog for the day. It is 9:35am and I have writing marked off my mental to do list for the day. I’m sitting here alone in my thoughts with the rest of the mental to do list. The handsome fella is finishing up a short day at work and will be home soon to begin some extended time off for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The girls are doing what teenage girls do when they don’t have to get up to go to school…sleeping in. I have much to do but I want to keep writing. In reality, I may notย write as much as I’d like this week, so why not take advantage of the fact that something caught my eye right after I entered my last post and caused me to want to keep going?

After I entered my last post, I clicked over to take a look at the stats on my page. I was particularly curious to see how this month was looking because it hasn’t been a stellar month for me in the daily blogging challenge. I wanted to see if I was going to be anywhere near pulling off a decent month after a very rough start. My blog is mostly read by close friends and family, so I don’t get huge numbers, but this month will be half of the usual hits for the first time in 7 months. The graph on this site shows a 30 month cycle. At least this month isn’t an all time low on that chart. Although this month will likely be about 50% less than the past 7 months, there was a month on the chart that was actually 50% less than this month.

Why was my blog traffic so low in June 2013? Why was I drawn to that fact this morning?

Well, for one thing there were only 9 posts that entire month. You don’t actually get many readers if you don’t supply them with something to read. I thought I’d look for clues about why I wasn’t writing much that month, but instead I found something God wanted me to see for right now. ๐Ÿ™‚ Click here and you can read the post He led me to. If you’ve read my earlier post, you will know that I wrote about my relationship with Him. You will know I wrote about hiding. You will know I wrote about seeking. And just as I’m finished writing about those things, He found a way to highlight something He wanted me see. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking things above, where Christ isโ€ฆ Set your mind on things above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Him. Col 3:1-3

Um, yeah! God has a little to say to ME about Hide and Seek, doesn’t He? ๐Ÿ™‚