Life is like a box of chocolates…
…you never know what you’re going to get (Forest Gump). Lately, my chocolates have been expensive and not so tasty — like the orange cream ones that taste like baby aspirin, the strawberry cream little rectangles that taste like ridiculously sugary super-concentrated pink frosting, or the chocolate fudge kind that are so hard to chew you could lose a dental crown or throw your jaw out of alignment.
Medical and dental expenses, ridiculous electric bills, and a bunch of other money-sucking surprises have reminded Tim and I that we aren’t part of the old money or new money crowd. We don’t have post-secondary degrees or high-paying white collar jobs. But we’ve got a leaking roof, a leaking oil pan gasket, a leaking refrigerator, a leaking dishwasher, two leaking faucets, one leaking pipe, and lately, a leaking bank account.
Thankfully, I’ve been incredibly busy at work, and my boss told me that I could put in extra hours (above my salary) as an independent contractor on nights and weekends if I want. This will definitely help smooth the rough financial road ahead.
So why am I bearing my financial soul to you, readers?
To provide some context to a change of pace here at WhatGodDoes. In the spring of 2012, after offering an explanation about time constraints, I implemented a different approach to blogging, limiting myself to five sentences per blog. Occasionally, I allowed myself to break the five-sentence limit. When my schedule became less demanding, I ditched the teeny-tiny blogs and resumed my encyclopedic approach. It worked out rather nicely, I think. Regular readers didn’t seem to mind, either.
Blog experts say it’s better to limit your word count, but blog experts define success differently than I do. To me, a successful blog (assuming it isn’t blog that’s supposed to generate income) is one that consistently engages a community interested in a specific topic or genre. Anyhow, life has backed this blogger into a corner, and I need to take the advice of blog experts for while. So, here’s what to expect…
- a unique theme for each day of the week
- guest blogs (hopefully… hint, hint)
- short posts — a five-sentence limit
- posts redirecting readers to other blogs or websites
- an increase in comments from readers (hopefully… hint, hint)
- occasional breaks from the theme and the five-sentence limit, because I don’t want to completely tie my hands as a writer
Unique Theme for Each Day of the Week
Musical Monday – I’ll post the lyrics to songs, because I think it’s a great song, has spiritual significance, draws attention to some noteworthy subject, or for other reasons. I’ll offer a brief explanation as to why I chose that song. This is an especially non-intimidating guest blog format. Any takers?
(I’ve already got one picked out for this coming Monday, not because I particularly like the song but because it’s related to an interesting, conversation-starting story.)
Two-Minute Tuesday – With a two-minute writing limit, this should be a special challenge for me as a writer. I won’t pick a subject ahead of time. I’ll just sit down and start typing about whatever happens to be on my mind. No editing, no backspacing, just typing non-stop. When the timer rings, I’ll stop immediately, even mid-sentence. You might want to skip Tuesdays! Or maybe you can help finish the blog post in the comment section.
Wednesday’s Word – You’ll discover the etymology of a word that’s been mistranslated, misinterpreted, misapplied, or otherwise hijacked by religion.
Throwback Thursday – A photo, at least a year old, along with a short explanation about who/what/when/where/why.
Friday Favorites – You’ll never know what to expect. It could be a favorite recipe, blog comment, family story, product, place, moment, work of art, book, TV show character/episode, hobby, news story, youtube video, quote, etc.
Sacred Science Saturday – Who says science isn’t sacred? Let’s explore the possibility that “everything is spiritual” (Rob Bell).
Sunday Sermon – If there’s ever a day I cast aside the five-sentence limit, this will likely be the day. On Sundays you’ll find a link to an online sermon along with a sermon review. If the post content is too lengthy, then it will continue to the following Sunday(s).
Oh, and BTW, any bloggers out there who want to steal these ideas, go for it. You don’t have to link back.