I have a question. It’s going to sound confrontational and for that I am sorry, but I am curious.
Why are so many of your posts about women and what they should or should not be doing? And I don’t mean this Jessica Biel stuff, but all the other posts about Christian behavior for women. It seems skewed. Each time I have visited here, I have wondered why more of the posts don’t concern general Christian themes, or posts for men.
Is this purposeful?
I don’t find her question at all confrontational as much as informational. In fact, it caused me to reflect all weekend. So, I looked back over my posts for this month. I’ll spare you the details, but what I found was that there were four things that got a majority of post time: Women’s Issues (the modesty series and my weekly commentary on abortion), Technology (fixing trackbacks, website reviews and weekly tech help), Marriage/Parenting (Who creates the bonding, teen online conversations, and culture at large), and General Christian topics (KJV Only, How to fight addiction).
So, I’m probably not as balanced as I can be– but when it comes to what to write about, I think that there are a few main things that drive my topics:
- What I’m interested in. This goes without saying. If I’m not interested in it, I’m probably not going to put in the time necessary to write something. I have so many things that I read see and think about that it’s hard to write it all (just look at my del.icio.us links and then multiply it by two for the non-computer topics floating around in my head.
- How long does it take? I’m a dad with kids. I get only a few hours a week to do this and I have to make them count. If I were to spend hours doing research from something (which I have done) I would only get one post out that week and then where would we be? 🙂 It’s a tough one, but it’s true.
- Who is my audience? To be blunt, my audience (you the reader) is mostly ladies– and more specifically, ladies who have asked my opinions about ladies issues. I was asked about what I thought was modest, what I thought about marriage, etc. Being a married guy, and reading a lot of parenting books, relationship books, etc., it’s something I’m thinking about (hence the new Weekend Kindness focusing on relationships!)
- What my friends are talking about. I read a lot of blogs (headlines, parts of posts, full posts). That which is the current item of discussion in my circle tends to drive some of the topics that I talk about.
Does that help, Terri? I do write about more than women’s issues, and if I were back to writing four posts a day I think you’d see that. Hopefully you’ll come back more often to see my other topics and realize that there’s really a lot to discuss.