A New Plan

by Penni L Smith on January 25, 2013

Blogging is not as easy as it looks.

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Image by Jeroen Bennink

Sharing one’s thoughts, one’s knowledge: it seems like a perfect fit for me. My passion in life is to make things better, and if I can do that through instruction and sharing, that would be a joy. But I’m finding it to be quite a challenge–and I haven’t done that much of it yet.

It’s not this site that’s really difficult. I have two sites going now, and I’m blogging on both. My other site, http://www.wordandwebsmith.com, is for business. I want to post blogs that are helpful and relevant primarily for small business owners. I hope they will find me to be a good resource for information, and possibly for the services they need. For some reason, however, I am finding it difficult to blog there.

But this site–well, this site should be easy. Here, I just want to provide interesting and useful posts that will have you coming back. Although it will be good if I have a number of readers here when I (eventually) get a book published, my main goal is just to have content you enjoy and value. I planned to write on a variety of topics.

My goals haven’t changed, but after five whole posts, I’m revising my publishing plans somewhat. I’ll still address a variety of topics, but I’ve decided that I will have a set schedule on which I will write in three main areas.

A Wonderful Life

On Tuesdays, I’m going to write on practical matters that will help you live well. My current series on Financial Fitness will continue on this day for a time, because good financial practices reduce stress. Speaking of stress, I may talk about stress or time management. I may write some humorous things just to produce a laugh–laughter is part of living well.

Reasoning Together

Thursdays will be devoted to commentary addressing issues we face as a society. My plea is that we don’t tune out others who disagree with us, or shut them down through vitriol. The only way to solve problems is to discuss them respectfully and work with each other. That means listening–really listening–to all viewpoints, and being willing to compromise to find resolutions. That’s why I echo the invitation issued by the One I love: “Come, let us reason together.”

Creating and Recreating

Theologians have long debated what it means that humans are made, as the bible states, “in the image of God.” Does being in his image mean that we have intelligence? That we have free will? That we have a spirit? Yes, yes, and yes. But it also means that we create. Although there may be different degrees, there is no such thing as a person who is not creative.

Saturdays will focus on creative expression, especially through writing and photography. I’ll also looks at recreation, for play is an essential part of life. In addition, when play takes place in nature, we can experience a special bond with the one who made it all.

Well, that’s the plan. Then again, I didn’t even get this out until Friday, so I’m off to a great start. I really hope you will consider subscribing to the blog through e-mail, or through an RSS feed. If you want, you can subscribe via RSS feed to just the categories you want. If you can’t subscribe, please make it a point to come back regularly.

Leave a comment and tell me what you think or what topics you might want to see.

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Patty January 25, 2013 at 7:43 AM

Hey Penni-

I love the breakdown. I think in your creativity pieces you might want to explore the varieties of creativity and creative living. I think that would be great fun to do and read.

Patty

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Dee Ann Bellows January 28, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Very nice stories

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