One year ago, I composed and uploaded my first post, hardly knowing where this little adventure would lead. I didn't have any firm expectations about the project's longevity, being only reservedly optimistic about my own stamina. However, I soon discovered that, for better or worse, I was basically along for the ride. I simply had no idea that writing about nothing in particular for no particular audience would become such an engrossing hobby.
Writing is a very good discipline for honing both one's thought and communication abilities. Thought that has been hammered out into sentences attains a precision, clarity, and orderliness that it did not have before. Blogging simply happens to be a convenient medium for exercising this discipline. The rewards and benefits are not to be found in blogging per se, but rather in writing, whether in a blog or elsewhere.
At times, I still think of dropping the whole thing, usually during those weeks where my thought is going nowhere and I can't seem to squeeze even a single paragraph out of my dried up cerebral arteries. In those times, I will simply walk away and focus on something else, and before long the geyser will have built up enough pressure to resume eruptions.
I am quite used to doing work that no one sees, but I have very much appreciated the public and interactive nature of blogging. Feedback and encouragement are very gratifying and validating for anyone, writers especially. I have made it my policy never to solicit comments, and I intend to stick to it. At the same time, I do appreciate the support and encouragement many of you have sent my way, and I thank you.
I do not know what the next year holds, and feel a bit silly saying as much - as if anyone did know. I suppose it is healthy, however, to periodically acknowledge our limits and once again make a conscious decision to trust. There's a reason people quote Proverbs 3:5-6 so frequently.
Whatever happens, I hope I've made you think, stimulated you to read, encouraged you to write, and above all, helped you to focus on Christ - the bread from Heaven and the transcendent, incarnate Logos.
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