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I Moved! (Important, Please Read)

To make a long story short, I’m switching over to Blogger. Yes, it was a hard decision and I think that WordPress and blogger both have their pros and cons, but I had a beautiful design made for me by my dear friend Abigail and no one to convert it to CSS and I didn’t want to pay the yearly fee, so that really tipped the scales in favor of blogger.

I’m working currently to import my previous content to blogger, but I’m running into some glitches so we’ll wait and see what happens. So head over (and change your subscription if you subscribe to this blog) to http://www.nobody416.blogspot.com. Also, what do you think in the Blogger vrs WordPress debate? What are your preferences?

I apologize for the inconvenience that this may have cause some of my subscribers. I hope you enjoy the new blog and continue to read my posts.

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Writing and Bad Blogging

I think I’ve forgotten how to write.

Lately every time I sit down to write something I either have a strong bout of writers block come over me or I start writing then realize that what I’m saying is not what I wanted to say and that it’s not coming out right. Of course, I’ll probably think that with this post as well… who knows if it will even actually be posted. ;)

The truth is that I have a LOT of unfinished drafts going right now, both for this blog and for Imperishable Beauty (but I’m better at writing for the second one). For some strange reason, writing has been just plain hard for me. I see all those people writing posts four times a week and they are amazing posts… and… then there is me: spastic blogger that when I do write something, I’m not happy with the quality of work displayed.

Maybe this is God’s way of telling me that I need to rely on HIM for all my abilities or maybe this is just a result of me being lazy. Maybe it’s a sign that writing just “isn’t my thing” like I thought it was or maybe it’s just a way to humble me. Or… maybe it’s something else. Maybe I’m just being over critical of my writing…

Though it seems that this has occurred to many bloggers that I’ve known in the past, at least the inconsistency with blogging. That makes me wonder if there could be some psychology behind this… some sort of reason behind struggling with writing and blogging… do you guys have any ideas? Any guesses at why my blogging (and many others in the blogosphere) is just almost starting to cease? How could I have many ideas on what to write about, lots of inspirations… but just can’t seem to capture much of anything on the page?

And maybe it’s all summed up already for me by a great writer of the past:

“The difficulty of literature is not to write, but to write what you mean” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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Happy Birthday Blog!

*Happy sigh* It’s now been one year since “Nobody416” was “born” (June 26th). I had started writing a little before and I felt that words without someone to hear them are pointless (I have since changed my mind on that matter slightly). I had very little clue what blogs were and how to get one… all I knew is that the Rebelution had started as one. :) I had the silly idea that if you started a blog you would end up with thousands and thousands of people reading it, a book deal, and a national conference. My current response to that is… “yeah right”.

Even though I haven’t been offered a book deal or a chance to talk to thousands… I’ve learned a huge deal through blogging this last year and met some amazing people! I’ve had the chance to make some wonderful friendships that I would never of had the chance if it wasn’t for this blog. Both casual friendships (I term them my “blog palls”) and some of my closest friends. I’ve had some contact with some people big in the blog world and even the assistant to one of my heroes Leslie Ludy.

I’ve also seen growth as a writer. I look back on some of my first posts and I cringe at times and I’m sure I’ll do the same with my current writing in the future. It’s amazing to see how much natural progress has come from just sitting down and writing. Writing has produced spiritual growth as well as I’ve learned how to articulate my beliefs better.

So now I want to hear from you! All of you that have stayed in the backgrounds and refuse to comment (or rarely do), come on out and let me know who you are! I would also love to hear what some of your favorite posts have been. Also, what would you like to see me write about in the future?

Because of a very busy past few days (and my longing to go to bed)… I’m going to stretch the celebrating out for awhile with some new fun stuff. Stay tuned in the next week or so for a intro to a new series (or two ;)) and maybe even a book giveaway! Thank you all for your support and readership, without you I would have no one to write to! God bless!

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Changes and Twitter

 Hey Y’all! 

 Lately I’ve been really busy with school and my little bros and all that sort of stuff. My older brother is graduating high school this month and we have major work to do in order to host a few hundred people at his open house. It’s also that time of year where you are scrambling to finish your work in time for summer, there are concerts and graduations, and general business. Instead of feeling pressured to have to get a post up several times a week I’m going to work more on writing better posts. Many of my posts haven’t been very good lately and I haven’t been satisfied with the quality. 

 I do have some treats coming up for you though! I’ve been starting work on a series entitled “Hope for the Prostitute”. (I’m not saying any more about it.) You guys are in for a big treat with a guest blog series by my good friend Joshua on the topic on Biblical manhood.  (He is also very busy right now with finishing up school for the year so there might be a little wait on this.) I’m also planning on getting some book reviews up here since I plan to do a lot of reading this summer. Last but not least, I’m adding a new page entitled “My Favorite Things” and will try to update that often with some good picks of books, music, quotes, and whatever else happens to come. So check back there often. (Note, as of now I have very little actually on it. Be patient please!)

 One very last thing, you guys can still keep in contact with me, especially through Twitter. I caved to the fad last night and am testing it out right now. (If I find it too addicting or too pointless I’ll delete my account.) So all of you on Twitter be sure to check me out! 

www.twitter.com/nobody416

 

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The Battle Against Blog Views

 This summer will mark a year of blogging for me. May was the month that I first started writing blogpost like articles and started thinking about starting a blog. I’ve gone from having no clue what server to even use to giving opinions to my family members on the pros and cons of Blogger vs WordPress, blogging on both, and starting a blog for my own mother. I even learned how to make a picture link button widget thing! (Though don’t ask me to repeat that…) 

 Blogging, meanwhile, can be both good or bad for our pride (or good or bad for our humility). When you get a comment that says you did an excellent job or that there should be more people like you in the world, your ego rises a few hundred points. When someone shows you catosrophic errors in your reasoning, philosophy, or general writing, (or even no comments at all) it’s easy to get discouraged. It’s the same way with blog stats… oh those condemning or glorifying numbers! 

 Since I’ve started blogging, stats have been one of those things that it’s hard to get past. All along I’ve known in my head that I’m writing for an audience of one, that the number of people it reaches doesn’t mean the amount of impact, and that getting views is no reason to have a blog, but those opposing thoughts keep returning. I keep finding my mind wandering to how I can get more stats and trying to comment on blogs or find ways to get links to my site from other sites just for purposes of views. When I hear of those that have many more hits than I do, I must admit to a pang of jealousy that occurs in my heart. 

 So what is the point of telling you all this? Why should I admit to this struggle with my pride and coveting? Part of it is showing the fact that I am so very human! I know that a close friend of mine who I met through my blog reflected that it wasn’t until we met in person that he realized I was human. I like to show people my good sides, especially on my blog, and I don’t like to express my struggles in life. In reality, pride is my biggest battle everyday. I think that my lack of views may be only helping that battle. 

 When I have a day that the views are high, my pride is soaring as free as an eagle! On the other hand… when I have a day that my views are pathetically low, it’s a reminder that I need to focus on Jesus instead of the people that I’m writing to. It’s easy to think of ways that you can get more blog posts with interesting titles or topics, but that’s not what God has called me to do in my writing. God has called me to write from my heart, sharing my meditations, thoughts, and life in a way that will glorify Him and encourage and inform others. The issue is not popularity, the issue is faithfulness.

  So all you bloggers out there on blogosphere, can you relate? Has blogging become about stats and views rather than the message that you are trying to convey? Has the focused changed from being about glorifying our heavenly Father to getting a good rating from others? Is blogging a way to puff up your pride? I know that my answers to those questions are not what they should be so it’s time to search my heart and let God once again remove my pride and people pleasing.

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Bloggin’ Mamma

 I’m very pleased to announce that my mother, after much nagging from me, has started a blog! We got this blog set up a few months ago before we got the boys and then life got too busy to actually do anything with it. Hopefully she will be posting regularly and I’m so excited to read her blog! She has impacted my life so greatly with her parenting, wisdom, and friendship and I hope that you all will benifit from her as well. So go over to Radical Womanhood and be sure to leave a comment and encourage her to keep blogging! God bless you all.

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Pearls of Wisdom

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  Hello everyone! Over at my other blog Imperishable Beauty, we are starting out a new feature with my mom and Abigail’s mom (Mrs. Kraft) entitled Pearls of Wisdom. They will be answering two questions a month each and it will be a great way for them to impart their knowledge and wisdom with our readers. These are two godly and wonderful women, both of whom I admire and look up to so I am very excited for this endeavor. So if any of you, especially you girls, have any questions that you would like an answer to from two wise women, go on over to the blog and ask away! 

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