Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried to write a more or less daily blog post. Trying to come up with something substantial and interesting on the subject of world mission hasn’t always been easy, but many people have been kind enough to say that you appreciate what I have done. However, it has become clear to me over recent weeks that I would not be able to continue blogging in the way that I have done in recent years. There are a few reasons for this.
- I don’t actually have much new to say. It isn’t unusual for me to write a blog post and then to realise that I wrote something very similar a few months or years earlier. I’ve even recycled a number of titles.
- Writing a daily blog post takes a fair bit of energy; energy that I’d like to use on more substantial writing projects. To be honest, when I have finished writing a blog post, I find it very difficult to then switch to working on my PhD or writing articles for publication be they academic or popular.
- It isn’t much fun anymore!
For the foreseeable future, I will be blogging far less often and the focus of this blog may well change. It started out as a way of sharing news of our work and as a vehicle for raising financial and prayer support and as such it has been spectacularly unsuccessful – but it might be time to revisit this angle. I will continue to write book reviews and if I find that I have something worthwhile saying, I’ll say it, but I won’t push myself to churn something out on a regular basis. I will also provide links to articles and talks which appear elsewhere. It is not impossible that I will return to regular blogging at some point in the future, though I suspect there will be a shift in focus if I do.
For those who want a regular fix of British thinking on mission, I would point you to the Global Connections blog.
This video feels appropriate – even if the visuals are not up to much.