After a month of blogging, I have to say that I’ve enjoyed the discipline of writing consistently. Discipline is the right word, because there are plenty of days when I don’t feel like writing. But I’ve found that it is a lot like working out, praying or practicing an instrument: motivating yourself to do it is the hardest part.
Setting parameters for myself (no more than 500 words per post), scheduling out time to write and planning future series has also helped immensely with the process.
I am currently working on a couple of series, which I will plan to begin posting this week. (My series tend to grow as I write them, but this is the basic framework I’m starting with.)
1. The Paleo Experiment
My wife and I just finished a 30 Day experiment with something called the Paleo diet. It’s pretty popular in the CrossFit community, and involves limiting your food to meat, vegetable, fruit and nuts. That means no processed food, no refined sugar, no grains, no dairy. In this series, I plan to share my experience trying to eat like a caveman for 30 days. Here’s the outline:
The Paleo Experiment (1): How to Eat Like a Caveman
The Paleo Experiment (2): Retraining the Appetite
The Paleo Experiment (3): Food or Fuel?
The Paleo Experiment (4): Takeaways and Tensions
2. Ministry and Family
Another series I am working on has to do with balancing ministry with family. Pastors are notoriously busy; one of the questions I am asked most frequently is how I structure my time, specifically as a husband and father of two children under 2. In this series, I am plan to share how my approach to balance has shifted as my family has grown. The road map:
Ministry and Family (1): First, Decide What is Important
Ministry and Family (2): Before Ben, Busyness
Ministry and Family (3): When Two Becomes a Three
Ministry and Family (4): When Double-Team Becomes Man-to-Man
So that’s what I’m working on.
Here’s my question for my readers: which series would you rather read first?