Beginning Again

April 27, 2011 — 1 Comment

A bit over three years ago, I began a blogging experiment as a part of my work in parish ministry. Lacking much imagination, I named my blog “Tosa Rector”. Lacking much technical skill, I simply started blathering away (would be preachers are good at that!). The blog wasn’t very visually appealing — words, words and more words. Entries were erratic at best and sometimes I’d forget to write anything for months on end. Quality was, (how shall I say it?) “uneven”.

Then, between January 8 and April 20 of this year, I made it a point to publish something every day. Again, the quality was uneven, but I found that every now and then, I actually managed to say something reasonably coherent. Writing became fun for the first time in years.

Then, I found myself frustrated with the platform I was using. Every time I would think of adding some new thing or another, I would find there was no (at least for me) simple way to do it within the platform. I also became increasingly uneasy with having my “online” identity so tied to my role as the rector of an Episcopal Church. Certainly, serving as the pastor of Trinity Church in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin is a part of who I am, but the work I do in the parish isn’t the sum total of “me”.

So, here we go again. People who have used this particular platform continually tell me how flexible and “user friendly” it is. This is one user who definitely needs “friendly” when it comes to the blogosphere! The site will be morphing in the coming days…be patient with me as I learn the “ins and outs” of becoming a WordPress person — and as I attempt to grow my writing style as well.

Here goes nothing and (hopefully) something.

One response to Beginning Again

    Jan Kwiatkowski April 27, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I am feeling the same struggle with uneven-ness as begin my adventure in the blogosphere, and probably even more important is the struggle to find an authentic voice/identity outside of the roles I (we) play. As good as they are, they are hardly the sum total. Thank you for normalizing my baby steps at this. Right now, I am in the sort of getting things out and figuring out how it all works. I will look forward to your pondering and wonderings. I am going to look at WordPress. Maybe the discipline of writing something every day is to be considered.

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