Write. Don’t Edit. Part 2

This is the 2nd part in a 30-day challenge to myself to write without editing. I’m trying to put aside my need to perfect what I say and simply say what I think. I realize what I’ve got to say may not be the most exciting thing ever, but hopefully as I keep writing, I’ll start getting to the more interesting stuff.

The really challenging part now is “what do I write about?” Now that I’ve set the challenge, I’m in a bit of a predicament. Can I really sustain a coherent message over 30 days? (My Twitter feed would suggest otherwise.)

I suppose my passions come together in the areas of business and biblical studies, and that’s probably why I’ve gone back and forth on this blog. It doesn’t seem like there are a lot of people interested in that combination. But maybe there is. How do you know if you don’t at least try to build a community?

And a community is what a blog is really about, right? I mean, I know I want a personal outlet. But I could get that in a journal. What I really want is the affirmation (and on a good day I can convince myself I also want the challenge) of a group of people. I want to feel my passions and interests resonate with others. I want to feel like I’m not alone.

But how do you go about finding and building a community of people? Fish other blogs, leaving comments hoping to bait people to your own? I suppose I could just start writing on the topic and see who lands here. After all, isn’t that what Google’s for? To help people who are interested in this sorta thing wind up here?

And then, supposing there is a community for a theology of work and business as mission, and supposing I could actually attract that community here, do I really have anything to offer them other than some opinion? I mean, people like opinions (when they share them), but even then, the acolytes of CNN and Fox News are drawn to the entertainment surrounding the opinion more than the opinion itself. I suppose academics might be interested in the sort of topic I’m thinking of, but as graduate student, still a ways off from completing my Masters degree, could I even hold their attention? And what about business folks? I often feel alone in my desire to introduce theology into the marketplace. Even if I wrote one article to reach entrepreneurs, would I even be able to sustain their interest with more content?

Okay, not counting the numerous times I had to walk away to help Eisley (who’s busy crying in her crib), I’ve hit my time limit. I need to bring this article to a close. Writing without editing means I’m writing slower in one sense because I’m trying to say it right the first time. If I keep this up, I’ll have been writing for 30 minutes. That’s a good goal, but I think I should start with 15 minutes each day.

Until next time….

3 Comments Write. Don’t Edit. Part 2

  1. David Quinn

    I have a question. Actually, I have a few. What is this theme you are using for your site? Did you create it yourself? I would like something clean and simple like this. I am also highly motivated now to take up this challenge. I need to write more and edit less, at least for now.

    1. Jon Berglund

      Thanks, DQ. It actually felt really good to see a little “new comment” icon next to the post this morning. Appreciate the encouragement.

      Oh, and to answer your question, I grabbed this bad-boy from ThemeForest. $50 goes a long way toward a WordPress theme you’re not ashamed of.

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