As if I wasn’t annoyed enough with Jon Acuff (his book Quitter woke me up, ending my slackadaisical lifestyle), the jerkface called me out on his blog for my review of his book. I only posted a review of Quitter because of a tweet he sent, asking people with a little extra time to go talk about it on amazon. It took five minutes to write the three paragraph jokey little review. It didn’t occur to me that people would actually read it.
But they did. Or at least Mrs. Acuff read it. She directed her husband toward it. That led to a phone call from my friend Lindsey, asking if I’d seen the Stuff Christians Like blog yet. She read it to me over the phone. So no, Jon Acuff. I wasn’t off writing a blog or a book; I was lazily sleeping in on my day off until the phone rang. My contacts weren’t in yet so when I pulled up the blog on my laptop, I read it all with blurry, sleep-filled eyes. I was still laughing about it until I read through the comments. Reading those comments hit me with this tremendous weight of expectation. Lindsey summed up that weight: “I think you need to work on your blog.”
Family and friends are always telling me to write more. Church members have told me they enjoy my newsletter articles. It’s always nice to hear compliments. I shrug off most of them, though. I do youth ministry. Most middle school and high school kids don’t care if I can string sentences together. They’re more impressed with invented games like “Chicken Chucking” or my ability to find every patch of rumble strip while driving a 12 passenger van. Yes, I know I have talent for writing but I love my day job as Director of Christian Education. Quitter was an inspiring read, but I can pretty easily convince myself that I’m already living the dream.
Then these internet people start commenting about my writing. It was just three honest and silly paragraphs. After receiving a couple emails and a few tweets, I realize I need to write more. More accurately, I need to get my writing out there so other people can interact with it. I think that starts with resurrecting a blogging life. The last time I blogged regularly it was on that old, beloved site called myspace. I know I have it in me to foster community through a blog. Laziness is all that’s in the way.
I’m going to shoot for 5 new posts a week. I’ll be experimenting a little, but if you dig Stuff Christians Like and took the time to track me down after reading my review, you’ll probably enjoy my thoughts and stories. I’ll share a mix of church thoughts, a journey towards being healthier and updates on pursuing the hustle. Tomorrow I’ll elaborate on what led me to use a note, a mix cd and a book to break up with a guy. Spoiler alert: some of it is Jon Acuff’s fault. But then, you knew that already. Just wait until I tell you the part of it I blame on Dave Ramsey.