A Time To Blog, A Time to Journal

I came into the blogging world kicking and screaming.

Even though it seemed like a positive tool for communication in the local church, I was leery. There were privacy issues: how many people would access it, and how much information should I share? There were also questions about content. I'd read many a blog post to which my response was, "That should be in someone's journal--not on the internet!"

Despite the concerns, I strongly felt that I needed to start this blog.

And I'm so glad that I did.

It's been exciting to see the blog evolve from weekly church announcements to devotionals to "musings" of a granola-baking clergywoman. I've cautiously tried not to mix my personal musings meant for a journal with this public reflection space. At a writer's workshop for pastors in 2011, the instructor frequently asked us, "Who is your audience?" In my journal, I am the audience. Here on the blog, you (and I) are. I am so grateful for & humbled by your listening ears (and eyes).

For the next month, I am going on a blog sabbatical. Ecclesiastes 3 poetically tells of seasons, and I would add to that list, "a time to blog, a time to journal." A time to write publicly, a time to write privately. For a short season, I need to be my own audience in a journal.

The blog is not going anywhere. In fact, it will probably undergo a makeover that will include a permanent photo of Isaac the Insightful Dog when I return! I plan to resume writing here on July 12, one month from today. If that changes, I will let you know by publishing a post here. If you subscribe via email, there's no need to sign up again. When I start writing again, you'll start receiving emails again. If you want to read past "musings," go to www.darianduckworth.com and search the archives on the bottom, right-hand side of the page.

I may have come into this mode of writing with reservations, but now it is one of the highlights of my week. I know many of you personally, but some of you I have never met in person. Thank you all for joining me in looking for God's extraordinariness in life's seemingly ordinary experiences, for growing in relationships with God and each other. And thank you for understanding my personal need for a break. There are many more theologies and insights for us to gain together, and I look forward to them.

all good things to each of you, in all of God's seasons,
Pastor Darian