My weblogs are born of what interests me: a recent experience, an observation, something I’ve heard or read, or a memory. It starts often as a dream in the night or as thoughts in the early morning hours. I tend to make a mental draft of what I want to communicate.
WordPress allows me to write drafts visible only to me. Several drafts may be in process at the same time. I put words into short sentences, and sentences into paragraphs. I try to use one syllable words. The dictionary and thesaurus help me to know the meanings of bigger words. Yet the meaning of a word is finally determined by the sentence it is in, and a sentence is best understood in the context of a paragraph. If a word or sentence stands alone it is bereft of context.
While drafting I add links that I consider helpful. A link may be attached to a person, place, or idea, and a click on the link should provide information for skeptical, curious or studious readers. Pictures are selected from my Picasso, drop box, or google images and placed in the draft.
If I have done what I can to the weblog, I publish it with password protection. The title of the weblog is visible to the public but only three people have the password. Two are Eldon and Rachel Stoltzfus. Between them they have had much experience and they are concerned for both the church and me. If the subject is particularly sensitive, I ask one or both of them to be sure to read my protected blog with care.
My Joy is the third person who knows the password. She reads almost all weblogs before they are visible to the public. I often make a reference to her, and it is right for her to know what I am writing. She often reads the weblog to me by phone and catches typos, corrects punctuation and points out obscurities. I know I must rewrite and clarify if she can’t understand it.
After the protected weblog has received the scrutiny of these three, the password protection is taken away and the blog is visible to all.