Baseball Posts

So at this point you’ve probably noticed that I’m not writing about much other than baseball lately.  And the regular season doesn’t even start until April!  It may be a phase I’m going through, to be sure, but I’ve started writing elsewhere when I’m writing about baseball.  For now at least I’m calling it the Baseball Economist.

This will allow me to keep a different focus here that keeps with the themes of the blog.  I’ll occasionally post here (and you’ll see in my twitter feed) about what I’m talking about over there, but if you’re interested in baseball at all you’ll want to subscribe to that blog somehow too.  You may see this blog with not much appearing for periods of time when I’m only interested in writing about baseball.  I don’t think it’ll be my only interest for long, though.



A Chord or a Nerve

I finished a post last week that I started months ago on anger, sanctification, grace, and consequences:

Sanctification, by God’s grace, has led to improvements.  Huge improvements by comparison, but God’s still not done rooting out this particular sin.

Source: Consequences (Change takes time) | #Optimism and Irony

..and this post for whatever reason has already almost twice as many views as any other post in the history of my blog.  I set a new PR for visitors in a day (nothing by a lot of bloggers’ standards and the post keeps getting more hits than anything new.

It was also a deeply personal post (which there have been more than a few of on this blog) but it apparently hit people in a way that they shared and clicked through in droves that I’ve not seen before.

I’m honored (assuming that’s what went on here) that God has used His rooting out of my sin to help others and humbled by it.  I’m also continuing to re-think what I’m best suited to speaking and writing about, and this is new food for thought.  I don’t get caught up much in my “stats” but I do want my writing to be read by others, and when it is I always wonder why.

To my regular readers who are reading even the “less popular” posts:  thank you for sticking with me as I write.  Feel free to give feedback here and on FB or Twitter, constructive and positive, that will help me grow as a writer.  To those who are only reading here and there:  thank you for giving me something to think about.

I don’t know if I struck a nerve or a chord, but I’m glad to see my writing doing something.  Even if it’s just gathering virtual dust most of the time.

I Can’t Even

A favorite meme during the new year was “Make 2016 the year that white girls learn how to even.” For those who are internet aware, this is a mild jab at the tendency of some modern internet communication to use shorthand, sometimes not even remembering what the shorthand is for.

In this case, I’m pretty sure it’s short for “I can’t even begin to explain/understand why this is ……”

I can’t even begin to explain why this blog has been dormant for as long as it has. I’m choosing this morning not to go back and find out when my last post was. I’m pretty sure (read: 100% certain) I didn’t post at all during February. I don’t know if I posted during January, especially once the kids video project fizzled out (it had a 3 day power outage helping them get urecoverably behind schedule).

How many blog posts since school got done have started with “I keep meaning to write more and then don’t?” A lot, I’d imagine. Continue reading

Yeah….I’m Still Here

It’s December and I haven’t posted anything new all month.  As I mentioned a while back I have to find blocks of time for writing and I just haven’t made those blocks work lately.  This is the first post I’ve written since I got back from vacation.

I really do like writing.  I’m not quite sure, other than my lack of personal “oomph” applied to redoing my 168 hours, why I have not set aside adequate time for writing.

It may be that I have so many things that are yet undone that need to be done in my life.  Is this the new normal, I wonder?  Will the rest of my life have an every growing “not done” list?  Or am I just not figuring out how to order my life as I should?

A year ago yesterday we moved to our new house.  Our old house is still not ready to rent.  I have lists of excuses and reasons lined up in my head but all of them feel inadequate when I cross-examine myself.  Have I ever mentioned that, as a general rule, I am my own worst critic?

Anyway, I’m trying to get a bit more writing in and will hopefully get back on schedule as we approach Christmas.  It’s been a full year now since I got done with school, and I’m really wanting to find a place for writing, reading, and speaking in my time boxes.  Don’t give up on checking the blog here just yet!  #optimism

Writer Blocking

When I restarted blogging I thought it would be easy to step back into the habit of blogging regularly and posting 2-3 times per week. Obviously that didn’t happen.

The big part of the problem is that I didn’t go back through and update my 168 hours and plan time for writing and research. And so it was hard to “find time” to do it.

So this past Friday night while I was playing “soccer dad” and dropping children off at separate parties near the old ‘hood I stopped in at some of my old haunts and did some writing. I stopped by Blue and watched our local artist/activist on TV (see story here about her beautiful Mural) and grabbed a sandwich and then I was off to my favorite study haunt from when I was in school: Broken Tree Coffee.

It was nice.

I was able to focus for a while without interuptions.

And now I have some blog posts done. I needed to find a block of time where I would write and work through the topics and reading and whatnot so that my brain could get thoughts down into draft posts.

I was also able to look at the time budget for a little bit and try to figure out when I’ll be writing. I’m still working on that, of course, because my schedule is not as rigid as it had to be when I was in school.

Going back to old haunts where I was used to being creative can be really helpful. And taking time away from the normal routines to give my brain some margin to creat.

And that’s what’s needed to write. Blocking time out so my brain can create. And that’s what I’m going to try to do. And today, I’m optimistic it’ll happen.

Social Media, New Apps, and Slipped “Tongues”

“Loose lips sink ships.”

That’s an old saying that we all know…if people talk too much they’re likely to reveal something they shouldn’t.  And while my blog is anything but a national security concern, I made some plans this morning that due to some misunderstandings with a new app I had downloaded to my Macbook caused a couple of schedule blog posts to be shared via social media.  Those posts were supposed to (and will) go live next week.

So the cat is out of the bag…this long dormant blog will become active again next week.  That’s all I’m going to say, but thought I should say something since the blog got hits this morning and the publicized posts were already removed.

Monday.  New content arriving Monday.

Marketing and Textbooks

I wrote last week about textbook writing and how awful it is sometimes. And then Friday I started the marketing module.

And it occurred to me: writing a textbook is totally a marketing based transaction. Or at least it should be considered to be one.

You’re a professor. You’re smart. You know a gazillion things about your subject matter (in the case of the book I was lamenting, marketing. Go figure, right?). A gazillion.

And if you’re a marketing professor, it stands to reason that you want people to study marketing. Certainly you could be one of those professors who got into education for the short hours, big vacations and job security of tenure and don’t really care about spreading knowledge. But assume you’re not. You love marketing and you want everyone to know more about it because it’s the coolest thing ever. It must be. You spent 10 years in school getting your PhD on the topic.

And now you’re writing your life’s work on the topic.

Wouldn’t you want it to be exciting? To excite younger minds on the topic and allow even those who will never take a marketing class a great chance to understand the topic? I know I would.

There are a few topics I’m passionate about. Some of them hit the blog from time to time. I want to write and speak about those topics for years and years to come, and I want to excite others and interest others in how great, say, preaching, can be when you really understand it. So whether the topic is managing a non-profit, public speaking, the life of a baby or redeeming the city, if I write I want it to be interesting to somebody. Actually, a lot of somebodies.

So here’s my value proposition on my future writing for anyone who’s going to read it:

  • If I teach a class, you’re going to get a book that you’ll use the rest of your life (unless the material becomes dated, but I’d try to avoid it)
  • When I write a book or an article it’s going to be fun to read, and I’m going to attempt to interest you in the topic, no matter how mundane it is to you
  • When I write a book I’m going to make sure that at least one person outside of the general discipline reads it before I go to print so I know it’s accessible
  • When I write a book it’s going to be available on kindle so you don’t have to find room in your backpack for it

And that’s another reason why I’m writing this blog. To get better at writing, and to communicate with the world out there and test what I’m thinking and learning in the open. So I can learn from you, my careful readers, before inflicting it on another 20 or 30 people later. So thanks for reading, and for those of you who give me feedback. And if anyone reading this is working on a book: let my wife read it first. She’ll have great ideas about how to make it interesting to just about anyone. And we’d be glad to help you put out a better product.