What is a Blog? and Here’s my Treadmill Desk – 1 John 2:1

treaddesk1I started my blog in 2007 because I wanted to be more public about who I am, and because there are those who want to hear what I have to say. It could be scary to think my writing might be on display for people around the world to scrutinize, but to me the effort is worthwhile.

What is a blog?

The word blog comes from joining the words web (World Wide Web) and log, or weblog. It’s a journal, diary, report, story, or whatever you want to call what happens when you feel compelled to write words.

It’s easy to start blogging. I’ve used Blogger and WordPress, where a simple blog costs nothing.  There are probably others, but these are the two I’ve used. Both these sites have a selection of templates, or layouts, to choose from, with the option to upgrade for a price.

Where to start

It is a good idea to visit blogs to see what others are writing about (blogging). I suggest you start with Dorcas Smucker’s Life in the Shoe. From there you can type in a Google search for any interest you may have, like homeschooling blogs, or dalmatian breeding blogs, or how to sharpen knives blogs. Here’s another one: “how to start your blog on WordPress.com.”

Find your purpose

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin” (1 John 2:1 ESV).

Why do you write? The apostle John made his reason for writing his letter clear in this simple sentence. You may change how you define your purpose later on, but taking the time to identify your target before you start writing can make the process easier.

My treadmill desk

After I identified what I wanted to write about, I dove in. I have never been able to sit still for long, and now I know why. After typing for just an hour or so, my back and shoulders ache. Altering my ergonomics did hot help much. Then I learned about standing work stations.

In my research I found that treadmill desks were becoming popular in work places that normally require a lot of sitting. And though bodily movement may slow down typing speed, overall it actually increases productivity.

I asked my husband to build me a pulpit-like box to set on my desk, raising my keyboard and monitor. He cut the pedestal off my old treadmill (which came from a friend who’d found it in an abandoned storage unit) so it would slide easily under the desk.

Blog away!

Now that I can work at my computer many more hours per day, I am more motivated to keep growing in my writing. I enjoy editing my posts (or blog entries), even if it’s been months since they were published. It doesn’t hurt my feelings to find imperfections and correct them.

Like painting or sewing, or any art form, improvements can be made by adding a different hue or removing a few stitches and re-sewing.

We can’t be afraid to make changes.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

Lifestyle and Money Management Tips from Proverbs 27

When I was studying to become a medical transcriptionist I was warned the industry was changing, so from my first job in the college health clinic I kept looking ahead for adjustments I might need to make.

Pay Attention to Good Management

“Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds; for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations” (Proverbs 27:23-24 NIV).

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I need to manage what I have carefully, saving for the future and preparing for the times when things might be harder. The line that says “a crown is not secure” means the places where I hold authority today may not be the same tomorrow, so I need to be aware.

Work Hard

“When the hay is removed and new growth appears and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of a field” (verses 25-26). Nothing beats a good work ethic, bringing in my earnings and caring for them properly. And cultivating multiple ways to increase my assets will bring more security. The part about the goats providing “price of a field” means that I can trade what I produce to invest in additional ways to increase my productivity.

Share the Abundance

“You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants” (verse 27). They key here is the word plenty. Paying careful attention, managing my resources well, will give me more than enough for my family’s needs – enough to share with others.

Prayer: Lord, thank you that you created this world to produce plenty under our management. I love being a part of creating increase! Your kindness is overwhelming. Thank you for teaching us your ways.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis