Six months ago, I shared about going back to work to take on an administrative pastor role at my church. I was already the youth pastor there (still am), so I didn’t know how the time commitment for the new role would impact other areas of my life. I wasn’t sure I’d have the time or desire to keep writing for this blog.
I emailed quite a few bloggers to share the news and ask for their advice on what to do. Should I keep writing at my current frequency, scale back or consider selling the site? I really was at a loss as to what to do.
Amidst the great responses I received came a noteworthy piece of advice from a very experienced and successful blogger. He said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “Think about whether you want to hold on to the blog as a means of expression and connection. Even if you have to scale back it may be worth it to keep it.”
The meaning I took from his statement was this, “Hey, you never know where a blog can lead or how it may evolve.”
Since then I’ve thought a lot about that statement in relation to my writing, my career and my goals in life. What I’ve discovered is going to cause a minor evolution at Luke1428.
A Thematic Pivot
For basketball players, the pivot is an essential skill. It allows you to move in a different direction to avoid a defender or execute an offensive move. If you can’t pivot you’re stuck in one spot and a player stuck in one spot really isn’t much of a player.
The tagline I’ve had on my site since early on has read “Hope for your financial life and beyond.” I’ve dedicated this blog to writing about personal finance topics (“…your financial life…”) all the while sprinkling in my views about faith (“…and beyond”) as it relates to money in the Bible. I’ve loved sharing my ideas and helping my readers.
I believe properly managing your personal finances is one of the top two or three things you can do to have success in life. That’s why I chose to dedicate this blog to that topic. It’s why I’ll continue to write about it.
But what I’ve come to realize in the last few months is that there is more to the “…and beyond” for me as a writer.
In short, my passions are evolving. They are moving beyond a singular focus on personal finance. I can feel them wanting to push themselves out in my writing. To ignore that would hold me back and lead me to lose my love of blogging altogether.
What are these passions? Well, as someone working in the church they center around issues of faith, the Bible and church life. As a husband and father they relate to marriage, child rearing, teens and relationships. And as a leader they relate to concepts of leadership – leading oneself and leading others.
That may seem like a giant writing pivot into new and scattered topics. However, those who have been reading for some time know I’ve sprinkled these concepts into my writing before. The only difference now is that I’ll write about these topics with greater frequency. There will be less money talk and more “…and beyond” talk. And I’ll be reaching out to new audiences who might be looking for such material.
So in the coming months you’ll see these new themes in my posts. Thanks to all my readers who follow this blog. I hope you’ll chose to continue reading as Luke1428 pivots and begins to evolve.
Questions: How have you seen your life evolve? What caused the change? How do you manage through the pivots of life that come your way? For bloggers out there, has your blog ever developed into something new that you didn’t expect?