Why a blog?
Writing is a pastime that I enjoy. It is often cathartic.
I usually write in the first person… not to appear self-absorbed, but rather to be transparent, such that others might find a point of reflection in what they read. I try to maintain an equilibrium that conveys what is happening inside of me without sounding as if my case were outside of the parameters of normal human experience.
It is challenging. Each post represents my best effort at the time. Nothing is published impulsively. Sometimes, that could be embarrassing. If someone were to ask, "Is that the best you could do?" The painfully honest answer would be, "yes."
My spontaneity is usually in place where humor is involved... but after unexpected questions or confrontation, I seldom feel that my answers were adequate. By the time I work that out in writing, I think that I have responded more correctly and completely.
Sometimes I write because I am lonely... just looking to find a kindred spirit along the way. I enjoy that part. There are more possibilities for that now that we have Internet.
Do I want to market a blog? Shouldn't it look more professional? For now, my base criterion is: ”simple is ok.” I want it to be about the words.
Not many people will read my stuff. But if I do this well, it could turn into something of a legacy. After I am gone, grandkids and great grandkids might have a way to know more about me. Good enough for me!
Greg: father, grandpa, pastor, missionary.