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Time To Start Marking The Bench but Not Marking Time On The Bench Because I Could Fall Off And Get Hurt

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It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to dust off the old promises you made to yourself. It’s interesting to me the different ways people mark the new year and what they plan to accomplish. For some it’s resolutions, others call it goal-setting. I know several people who opt out of doing either of those but choose rather to have one word or phrase that will be their guiding principle for the whole year. This last is, in my estimation, the easiest, depending on definitions. I didn’t do any of that this last year or the year before but I have in the past. I don’t know why I’m thinking about this. Well, yes, actually, I do. I’ve got an itch. On August 9, 2019, I made myself happy. I started streaking. What‽‽ Good heavens, no! Not the Seventies kind. You’re just being silly with me. You know what I mean. I started a streak where I posted something every single day. And even though I really felt under pressure, even stressed out about it, I still did it. And I was happy with myself.

I was being too hard on myself and I needed to relax and take it easier and not stress out about getting something down every single day. But my problem is that if I don’t have any set parameters stuff just kind of spirals away out of control and I wind up going weeks at a time, then eventually months at a time, and finally, years have gone by and my poor blog has floundered into nothingness with only the very most loyal followers still with me. I got to thinking about this again after reading the erroneously named “Dumbest Blog Ever” and realizing he posted something every single day. Now he does do a very different kind of blog than I do and some of his posts last year were just junk, howbeit quite witty and clever junk, but he did it. I had gone for over a year posting every day, also, but when I slacked off you can see my lack of consistency.

Another thing that got me thinking about setting a benchmark on some goals was reading a post on the Brother’s Campfire blog that my son does. his post called Faith First Fully and Goals Glorifying God really set me to thinking along these lines as well.

But yet, in the same breath, I have to sort of agree with the people who said I was pushing too hard. What I really need to do is make a commitment that is realistic, but firm. I have a couple of things cooking in the works which will make me have to buckle down, at least somewhat. One is that I may have a deal cooking to edit someone’s book. The person is a professional person and a creative and she feels confident that, even though I don’t have a formal degree, I know about writing. This is true, but a bit humbling because she does have a few degrees. I do talk about offering proofreading services in my Curriculum Vitae page on the main site(if you go there and get a security warning from Chrome it’s because I only have an HTTP on that site and not an HTTPS) but I really appreciate the opportunity. Honestly, I don’t know what to charge. Do I charge by the word? By the page? By the mistake? I have been proofreading stuff for scholars of all ages and levels of academia for a long time now. I have fixed and enhanced and helped a lot of college-level work in my time but nothing as big as this. All that work was pro-bono for family and friends and because I can’t stand to read misspelled words and glaring punctuation errors. I am not sure if it will be a work of fiction or a professional work but if it’s the latter then my course on medical terminology will pay off. I have found a couple of articles online that I think will help me with pricing but I know there are also professionals in my audience(another humbling thought) who may know these things better than I do.

The other project I have decided on is the writing of a memoir. A memoir is (or should be) not an autobiography but rather a creatively told story from your life. It can be about a certain time period or about a specific subject. I’m thinking of writing about how I came to be Born Again and what that meant and means. It’s very emotional and just thinking about doing it is making my palms sweat and my ears turn red. It will, I think, as far as I can tell at the time of this posting, be the hardest project I will ever have undertaken. I have no intention of quitting blogging and as this blog continues to grow I realize I need to make a commitment to other parts of my writing life as well. I also have my personal journal which I have shared here in part from time to time and just write with good old paper and ink. Plus proofreading. What I’m thinking is posting here three times a week and working on my other reading/writing projects as well.

I have kind of put the Patreon idea on the back burner for now. I really am considering doing some sort of vlog or podcast of Sunday School stories and will continue to write them up here as I feel like it but the more I thought about turning a profit on it the less enthused I became. I know that my talent for telling stories to kids is from God. He gave it to me freely and I have never tried to bury it but have always tried to grow it. I just don’t feel like I should charge money for something I got for free. One of my projects for this year, lockdowns or no, is to start making recordings but I can’t see myself charging for it. Depending on how that idea goes I might try my hand at freelancing some audiobooks. I would charge for that.

Here’s my plan, thus far. And while I know that if you want to make God laugh tell Him your plans for your life, I also see how His plan has worked out a lot better for me than anything I could dream up. I will use this post as a sort of benchmark and see where I have wound up by this time next year if the Lord wills and delays His coming or I should live that long. I will post on the blog at least three times a week, I will write in my paper & ink journal, and I will work on proofreading and vlogging/recording on the other days.


19 responses to “Time To Start Marking The Bench but Not Marking Time On The Bench Because I Could Fall Off And Get Hurt”

  1. Lisa Mae ❤️ Avatar

    I proofread a book last year. It was way out of my wheelhouse, thus very fun!

    1. Herb Avatar

      Sounds fun. Were you paid or did you just do it for a friend?

      1. Lisa Mae ❤️ Avatar

        I did it for free as a favor to a friend. I wanted the experience and I had never done it before.

      2. Lisa Mae ❤️ Avatar

        I did it for a friend. Wanted to see if I liked it, if I could do it, and what it entailed.
        I would do it again, but next time I would charge.

  2. dumbestblogger Avatar

    Some of the stuff I post is not only junk, but dumb junk! These are some good goals. I look forward to your memoir, and would love to hear a Bible Story podcast or some such.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you for your encouragement.

      1. dumbestblogger Avatar

        You’re welcome.

  3. Tony Laplume Avatar

    I was set to proofread a book for someone, and they asked about pricing, so I went online and thought I came back in the low range. But they thought it was too much so they walked. I thusly have no advice for that.

    1. Herb Avatar

      That’s pretty messed up. I appreciate you sharing that story. Well, I haven’t stuck my head in the clouds too far about it.

  4. achme24gmailcom Avatar

    That’s pretty awesome stuff Dad

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you.

  5. cheriewhite Avatar

    Great post, Herb! And resolutions? I sucked at them before. This year, I’ve made some serious goals. I think I need to stop calling them resolutions and just call them goals- that seems to help me stick to them (LOL) Keep us all updated on your memoir! And congratulations on the podcast! I wish you much success and happiness in the new year!

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you for the encouraging words.

      1. cheriewhite Avatar

        You’re very welcome! 🙂

  6. Margy Avatar

    I edited the first draft of a short memoir for my daughter. Fortunately it wasn’t too long, because it probably took me as long to edit it as it took her to write it. The edit really helped her to get her thoughts in order and gave her an outline that made the rest of the writing much easier for her. No charge, of course.
    I follow a blogger (who is a writer) and he posts twice a week (Tuesdays and Saturdays I think). Seems to work well for him to have that commitment.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thanks for the info. I figured it would take some time. Some sort of a schedule is needed for me.

  7. Beverly Avatar

    I think your goals are amazing and will keep you in prayer on these endeavors.

    1. Herb Avatar

      Thank you so much, Sis. You are such an encouraging person.

      1. Beverly Avatar

        You’re welcome, Bro. Thank you for the feedback. It is so important for us to edify each other. 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

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