So as you can see, I have not blogged since October 24, 2010, more than six months ago. Shame. Shame. Shame. I am now blogging for the first time this year and there are a few reasons. Let me explain:
First, I have been writing a book. It is my reflections on the Apostles’ Creed and it will be released next month. It is difficult to write sermons (my primary calling and vocation), write a book, and write blog posts. There will be more on the book in future posts.
Second, I am a slow writer. Eugene Peterson, who I met at a pastor’s conference, told me in a letter that he is a slow writer. I find it hard to believe that a guy who has written 30 or so books and translated the entire Bible is a “slow” writer, but I think I know what he means. Writing is a slow process. To be a writer is to be slow. I am a horrible proofreader. (I assume there are errors in this blog!). So I have to read and reread what I write to remove errors and clean it up. Writing takes time…whether it is a book, a sermon, or a blog.
Third, twitter is killing the blog-o-sphere. I have become much more active on Twitter and Facebook. I have been posting to these sites, things I have blogged about in years past. It seems to me that this has become a trend for other bloggers as well. The average blog (for me) is 300 to 500 words. The maximum tweet is 140 characters. You do the math. By the way, you can follow me on Twitter @DerekVreeland.
Fourth, my family and I are moving. As you can read on my previous post, my family and I are moving to St. Joseph, Missouri in less than four weeks. Getting a church ready for a new pastor and getting a family ready to move across county and getting a house ready to sale has taken a lot of time.
With all of these excuses out of the way, I am announcing that the blog is back. I am going to be blogging over the next few weeks talking about my new book, Primal Credo and then I would like to do my best to blog through the move. The posts may be short, but now that the book have been written and gone through five re-writes (no joke – the manuscript has gone through five rounds of edits), I have no excuse. The blog is back.