Social Media – Go Big or Go Home?

Being an influencer in social media is not all unicorns and rainbows. Being famous in the social media world has its price, just like all choices have consequences.

One of the last social media platforms I though would fall to political correctness was WordPress. I have used it for many years, had a self-hosted account not to long ago, until I decided to “rebrand” myself and use the paid version of WordPress.com. I like the convenience of not having to do the heavy lifting of the self-hosted account and the social media aspects as well.

A few days ago, a well-known conservative website was booted from WordPress.

I like growing my audience organically (just like the food I partake). Many on social media like the large numbers. I get some of my news from the bigger accounts. But sometimes the numbers matter more than the message.

Sometimes I want to be well-known and I am envious of those that are. But I pull myself back to the ground and say again to myself that I am where I am supposed to be. (Though living under Oregon state government is not easy right now.) Not to mention the fact it would overwhelm me.

I recently watched my video Moms’ Night Out. Allyson wants to be a mom and a mommy blogger. She has only a few followers at the beginning of the movie, but by the end decides to be herself and ends up with 235 followers for which she is grateful.

My inbox was full of messages from email lists today to be me, and some referring to your online presence. Something the Lord told me seven years ago when I moved here. Little did I know how revolutionary that truly is, but I have persevered. But not without some burnt dinners.

The link below is a social media prophecy about downsizing social media sites (video included) – to decentralize to our own home website bases, with social media on the side. This is something I knew back when blogs first started and want to see again. Not that social media should go away, NO! Just to put them in their proper perspective.

PROPHETIC DECLARATION OVER SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE SPIRIT OF UNBELIEF

Holy Writing

Looking at the Vine’s Dictionary, the New Testament definition of holy is long, with different Greek words that are used. I see two things that stand out: conduct, but also a separateness from the world. Specifically, “ ‘Sanctification’ is thus the state predetermined by God for believers into which in grace He calls them, and in which they begin their Christian course and so pursue it.”

For Christian writers, the calling part is a given. I used to think it would be easy for me, being an introvert and not having to deal with the outside world per se. But in writing you can’t hide – even from yourself – whether or not you chose to publish in the myriad of ways available now. If God calls you to write, He might call you to write some hard truths.

Whether we chose to use foul non-gratuitous language is not a foundational conduct issue. Grace has to be given here. The real issue is being set apart from the world to write what truth God would have us write.

Longfellow’s Psalm

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.

Life is real! Life is earnest!
And the grave is not its goal;
Dust thou art, to dust returnest,
Was not spoken of the soul.

Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.

Art is long, and Time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.

In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!

Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act,— act in the living Present!
Heart within, and God o’erhead!

Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time;

Footprints, that perhaps another,
Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

“A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Solitude Work and Privacy

I have always enjoyed my own company, reading books and travelling by proxy to other lands and cultures.

Seriously lacking in our current culture is minding our own business. With societal lack of privacy and isolation, it is tempting to throw up our hands and let it all hang out. Even despite extreme technological abilities and the people who use it, my privacy rests in God. This is a biblical concept.

Stated in a previous post, I wrote that I hated writing a sonnet. Not as easy as the haikus I write. But today I decided to concentrate on the task at hand, and came out of it with 50 minutes of work and a decent 1st draft of my second stanza. I struggled for years thinking writing poetry was not work. Behind this was caring what others thought of me. It did nothing but rob me of poems that were not written.

Finished Walden. Henry David Thoreau loved his own company for two years. This is a gift.

Deliverance Roller Coaster Style

The more I live on this earth, the more I have come to appreciate God’s love for us.

I can attest to the goodness of God. The times of trouble were hard, gut-wrenching at times, but victory was sweet. And the times I did lose the battle, I can look back and say God knew what He was doing for me, though at the time I did not. The trials were losses incurred towards winning the war.

America is positioned at the top of the roller coaster, and the national exposures are going to make our stomachs’ swirl. The ride is just beginning. Buckle up.

Though it may not seem like He loves us in the next phase of our nation, He does. He has heard the cry of many Americans, and is setting us free from the forces that wish us all to be cookie-cutter citizens. We each have an unique, individual calling on our lives, and we have to be free to do the will of the Father. The world was formed out of darkness, and God said, “let there be light.” (Genesis 1:1-4 NKJV)


Have a blessed weekend!