This week, Days of Deepening Friendship will publish its 500th post! It seems I’ve done a lot of writing since we began during Lent of 2009. As we gear up for the coming autumn and the year ahead, I think of what I like about this site—and what I find challenging about it.
What I like about writing for the Days of Deepening Friendship blog:
- Practically endless topics. Our DDF readers are experienced, wise, and curious, which means that we can approach a wide range of ideas.
- Readers’ willingness to post comments. We rarely lack responses; they make the whole process more interesting and helpful.
- Community that develops because people respond to the posts and to one another. Much of the grace happens when you all respond to one another as well as to the posted material.
- I get to delve into everyday spirituality. I’ve been “spiritually” minded since I was a little kid—always kind of weird that way. Now I get to be weird on purpose.
- The ability to respond to what’s going on in the world. Blogs can adapt according to what’s in the news, what is happening in the church, or simply what readers are drawn to at a given time.
What I find challenging about writing for the DDF blog:
- Topics are endless, but my experience is not. Sometimes it’s difficult to write, or I feel that I don’t have much to say.
- Reader’s willingness to post comments. I have to remind myself that it’s not my responsibility to answer every question or to speak to every person’s pain, confusion, or anger. I want people to feel free to post what they honestly think and feel, but I must let go of the overall interaction and discern well before I respond to a response.
- I get to delve into the spirituality of everyday living—even when I’m not feeling too spiritual, even when I’m not terribly interested in the “deeper” aspects of life. In this way, writing for DDF continues to stretch my wisdom and endurance.
- The ability to respond to what’s going on in the world. This flexibility is great, but it means that I must pay attention to what’s going on in the world. Keeping up with current events is not only time consuming but sometimes also anxiety producing and just makes me sad.
- Speaking to a wide range of people in a wide range of situations. Every post I write will not appeal to every person who visits DDF. Some people want serious and deep all the time; others would like lighter topics scattered throughout. Some people who visit the site have specific needs to meet, while others simply enjoy a free-wheeling conversation. I have to satisfy myself that a post is worthy and well-written regardless of how many people will like it or think it suitable.
What is most helpful—and most challenging—for you on the DDF site?