I’ve reached two milestones as a blogger this week.

First, I published the 100th article on this site.

Second, today’s post marks seven consecutive days of blogging, with a total of ten published articles.

The latter milestone is extremely exciting to me. It was actually Tim Challies who put this goal in my mind, as he has blogged consecutively for – at the time I’m writing this – 4,794 consecutive days!

After reading about Challies’ amazing faithfulness to blogging and writing, I also decided to set the goal of releasing one article per day.

This goal, while attainable, has already stretched me and encouraged me in so many ways.

Here are a few things I have learned so far.

Writer’s Block Is My Default Position

I hate the ads that pop-up before YouTube videos, however, one commercial that always catches my attention is an advertisement for a Master Class with Aaron Sorkin, the incredible screenwriter behind one of my favorite films, The Social Network. In the advertisement, Sorkin says that many writers tend to have the rather naive idea that they will sit down in front of their computer and the words will just flow out naturally. He responds to this common way of thinking with the statement, “I am in a perpetual state of writer’s block.” And that, ladies and gentleman, is probably the only thing I have in common with the Academy Award-winning writer.

Setting a goal to blog more consistently has certainly helped me become more comfortable and efficient in writing, but I’m by no means a pro yet.

There’s A Bunch I Don’t Know

Blogging – or writing of any sort – is a humbling thing. It reveals our limitations, our weaknesses, and how much more we have to learn.

Albert Einstein once said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

So often over the years, I’ve sat down to write about a certain topic, only to realize that I can’t articulate it as well as I thought I could. This pushes me back to studying, reading, and seeking to understand truths in a deeper way. This brings me to my third point.

Reading is the Key to Good Writing

I can’t stress this enough. If you want to develop skills as a communicator, you must develop a habitual pattern of reading.

“Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read.” – Charles Spurgeon

I want to further this point by encouraging you to read not just the top Christian best-sellers or the most recommended topics, but across several types of authors, topics, and positions. It’s been said, “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

Too many Christians read only to entrench themselves deeper in what they already think about a subject. They make no effort to understand other perspectives or to become educated in several positions.

As you read a variety of authors and topics, you will not only grow in knowledge but in your ability to communicate that knowledge on a deeper level.

There’s No End In Sight

While meeting the simple goals of blogging every day or publishing the ___th article on a site is somewhat exciting, the ‘big picture’ of blogging isn’t really a glamorous thing. In reality, I think that the best way to view it as a long-term commitment to developing yourself, and, Lord willing, influencing others. As long as those two thinks are a potentiality, I don’t think that I will stop blogging any time soon.

I return to Challies in conclusion, with an excerpt from his article, A  Call for Plodding Bloggers.

“Are you blogging to build yourself a platform, so you can be known and admired? No platform will ever be high enough and no amount of fame or admiration will ever satisfy. Are you blogging as a kind of necessary evil on the way to a book contract and a conference stage? You will forsake authenticity and true substance in favor of manipulative click-bait headlines. But if you are blogging out of a desire to glorify God by doing good to those who are created in the image of God, now you are in the spot where God can and will use you, even if he uses you in small ways and ways that are hard to detect.”

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