It’s amazing to think it’s been two years since Driving Toward Morning’s first post! Thank you to everyone who has read, liked, and commented on the blog. A special thank you to anyone who has shared it with their friends or used what they found here to encourage others.
Looking back on my 1-year anniversary post, here are some thoughts on how I’ve done with my year 2 goals:
- Re-blogging old posts to get closer to posting something every day: I posted almost twice as often, and almost a third of the posts were repeats. Still not every day but moving in the right direction.
- More predictable post length: Most posts are now in the 3-to-4-minute read range, with less variation. Again, progress!
- More posts on history, holidays, groups of quotes, and other topics: I think this has been the same in year 2 as in year 1, and I want to work on these more in year 3, especially moments from history.
Also, I’m learning that a blog is not good for: Writing serial posts. There’s no way to know what order people are reading things in, and whether they remember what was in an old post (especially if it takes me a while to continue a series!). So, I’m working harder on making each one stand on its own.
The Big Picture
Although each year seems to have its own goals, I don’t want to lose sight of why I started this in the first place. Right after I launched the blog, I decided each post should meet 3 criteria: every post should be Compelling, Clear, and Charitable, meaning:
Is it about something that matters eternally, and is written in a way that connects emotionally and is worth reading? (Compelling)
Is it logical and makes sense, or is it likely to be misunderstood? (Clear)
Is it written in love, to build up whoever reads it? (Charitable)
In a way, these are just a modified version of Ephesians 4:15-16, which says:
“Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
The compelling and clear parts are the “speaking the truth,” and the charitable part is the “in love” part. However, the three criteria are not equal. If I am compelling and clear, I might come across as clever, smart or a good writer, but without charity, “I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1). Without love, I’ve done it wrong, and therefore being compelling and clear should be tools used in service of being charitable.
I am still thrilled to be writing and am encouraged by the impact it’s had on my life, from challenging me when I am complacent, from encouraging me in my faith, and from growing deeper connections with friends and family, plus new connections with other bloggers.
Working on this blog has encouraged me, and I hope it has encouraged you as well. Every one of us has something important to offer for God’s glory and for the benefit of the world around us.
Please leave a comment on what you’ve liked and what you’d want to see more of!