The New Year is almost upon us. It’s time to reflect and time to prepare for the upcoming year – 2014. What about you? What are you seeking to do, in the coming year?
You may have notice that I’ve taken a needed break. I needed time to work on some changes to Inspiration Point. What changes? Did you notice a new menu item? It’s located in the menubar and it’s called “Forum”. You’ll find two forums on that page. The second forum is named after the site and it’s open to guest posting.
I’m still working on the Shore Classified forum. There are some details that needs to be worked out. One issue pertains to private information that I don’t want seen by the public; as in the planet. Not on my watch! I’d love to get some input on these two forums.
Did you also see a menu called “Video”? What’s this item about? Some time ago, I tried my hand at creating a video blog. I’d sit in front of my webcam and just talk. I created a few videos; some impromptu and some planned.
After a few attempt, I checked to see how receptive viewers were. I’d say my videos were not too successful. I am not planning to dump YouTube; as it’s another way to draw people to Inspiration Point.
What kind of videos would encourage you to visit a blog site like mine? I’ve had a couple of friends suggest I’d use other people’s video. Obviously, I’d give appropriate credit. What about a new YouTube channel called “Inspiration Point”? What would be worth putting up on such a channel?
I do have another plan; however, this will have to wait. What about you? What’s your plans for 2014?
Is it time to write an e-book? This is not a rhetorical question; rather it’s a serious one.
The other day, I was reading a book written by a pastor named Ron Christian. It was a very nicely put together book. The title is “Practicing the Presence”. I decided to look up the author and came across the website of the group distributing Ron’s e-book. The site is called SmashWord.
After looking at the cost, I am thinking of giving it, a shot. Here’s my rough idea. I would like to create a memoir style anthology. I’m not seeking to write a straight memoir. Rather, I want to compile a series of stories found on this blog. Each story would conceivably make up one chapter.
The question is, “What story would be best for a book appearing on Barnes & Noble or Amazon?” This is going to be a straight e-book.
The theme is more than just “overcoming”. There’s also my personal view that my disabilities were never a prison. At least, I never thought so and neither did friends and family.
It seems I’ve come full circle. Years ago, some people have said that I should write a book. The time was not right. I simply was not ready. Today, I am asking “Is it time to write that e-book?”
So what stories should I put in “A Story of Grace”? As chapters will need to be longer than what appears on a blog; how can I expand on those stories? Each story would ideally take up a chapter. Any ideas?
Recently, I began volunteering at Community Reformed Church of Whiting, NJ. They run a food pantry, a clothe closet and a hot meal, during the week. It appears that they mainly serve my area. It’s a pleasure to help this church in meeting the needs of those struggling in Whiting.
I have heard how God can use a donkey, to teach someone a lesson. How about a wayward cart? Continue reading →
4Poor is he who works with a negligent hand,
But the (A)hand of the diligent makes rich. [Proverbs 10:4 NASB]
Some time ago, I had visited the site run by a woman with the handle, TimeThief. From Time’s OneCoolsitebloggingtips site, one could gain some very helpful guidance for building and maintaining a great blog site. Almost everyday, Time would update her site with some solid insights on blogging wisely. Yet, this story isn’t about Time; rather it’s about one who is diligent in the work before them.
I wish that I could say the same for myself; however it is first part of the proverb that I must take. I have not been diligent in my writings and the up keeping of this blog. As such, my writings and the blog has suffered. Not only this, others have suffered too. Our negligence will often snowball and impact others and not just the initial person. Continue reading →