Monday, 10 July 2017

This is MINE!

So I am still on the quest to find the perfect blogging style. Okay, maybe I am setting the bar too high, but seriously, I need to get this figured out!

So I have done some reading up on it. No, I am not SEO Optimising or anything like that. No adverts - at least not until my book is out!

But one thing I realised is that my reader engagement is low.

So, we either got off on the wrong foot, or I talk about me too much. Sadly, this post is going to be about me, but as a conversation starter, because I have no idea who 'you' are until you comment.

I read that blogging is like meeting a stranger in the street (or wherever you choose!). A stranger whom you have to talk to. The stranger has somehow come across your path, and you are trying to engage with them. Now, the thing about strangers is you don't know anything about them. Do they like sweet romance? Or bloody murder? Do they turn the air blue or say darn it?

In my experience, unless you are at a party or somewhere similar where you can't easily escape, a simple 'Hi' doesn't suffice. Now, this is the Internet. I could go all weird and say 'you have brown hair, a red top and a black Labrador panting in the sun on your patio in the background' - and undoubtedly one person will say 'Holy crap! How does she know that!' - but I can't see you, just like you can't see me. In the real world, when I come across a stranger (or they me) that I am willing to engage in conversation with, I pick something we can talk about. Their dog for instance, or how I have the exact same issue burying bodies in that spot but I can take you to a more suitable place, or where they get their hair done. You know, every day topics.

If you are here, you are either into writing, reading or both.

Over the coming months, I will be developing my true sense of voice. I hope it is quirky, mysterious and fun. But I don't know yet. But I haven't been 'myself'. That is both because of the medication and the rules.

So now, I am claiming this blog as my own. And I really would like you to say hi! And please, tell me why you came here, what interests you, and what you would like to read more of. I do aim to please, just don't ask me to kill your husband - that is always too obvious.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Branches and Roots

This is a very, very late post. Maybe the content will enlighten you.

I am a Christian who goes to church on an almost weekly basis. A couple of Sunday's ago, we had a visiting preacher from a nearby church. Having not heard her before, except once and I couldn't quite remember, I was dubious about the sermon.

She couldn't have had more of my attention! I could have sat and listened for hours as it seemed she spoke to me, and only me. With her talking, I was the only one in the room!

This is what she had to say, and it is relevant to Christians and non-Christians alike.

There is a group who write and perform songs based on our religion. The singer is called Mark Hall and he has written a book called 'Thrive'. I have yet to read this book, but what that preacher told us has made me want to buy it.

In the book he talks about a tree. There is a tree he takes his youth group to, and discusses how the tree has branches and leaves, and how the roots below the ground, those that we cannot see, are as deep and wide as the tree. The reason for this is that if they weren't, the tree would topple over in the breeze. Makes sense, right?

He then goes on to talk about OUR roots and branches. He describes our branches as us reaching out to others, doing things for others, and basically being selfless. The roots are us looking after ourselves, reading His Word, and just renewing ourselves. As for the tree, if we don't take care of our roots, the smallest thing could knock us over flat on our face. But if we don't reach out, what would be the point in those roots?

Like the tree, where the beautiful green pleases us and helps us live, we have to show the world we are here, and support each other. Like the tree frequently drinks the water, so we must frequently renew our spirit.

I guess it is a poetic way of talking about a life balance. But it really spoke to me. And made me realise my roots are in desperate need of watering!

How about you? Are you roots and branches doing just great? Or does some of your tree need attention?