The web is clogged with blogs, newsletters, and more data than anyone might master in a lifetime. How many of us get that daily email from the site we decided to follow and delete it without opening it due to the sheer volume crossing our plates? Information overload is a reality for most of us.
My blog postings have slowed in the last months, but I have not been loafing I assure you. I invested the last quarter of 2017 making substantial changes to the public platform and introduced two new sites. This endeavor forced me into writing code in a language with which I was unfamiliar. Am I nuts? Probably, but my purpose was to give more focus to the writing initiatives.
What sets the NicholsNotes family apart from the crowd? Why would I add to the electronic tumult? I hope to touch hearts, encourage readers, and challenge seekers who want to mature in their faith. I also desire to share projects, techniques, and successes from the DIY world. The goal is not to crank out a deluge of words but to make a point in a concise manner that meshes with busy lifestyles.
Writers have seconds to convince a visitor to a site or an email recipient to continue beyond that first peak at the content. From data I’ve collected (thanks to Google analytics) I can see events where visitors stayed with the post for minutes, devouring the content. I also see the other extreme where click and close was the option. I must do better as a writer, yes, but I also must be clear about the content a reader or subscriber will find. Consistency. Brevity. Quality.
Some of my readers are interested in DIY, some want to be inspired with devotional thoughts, and others are looking for garden related articles. I am attempting to channel the content and posts accordingly. Here are the general descriptions for the streams.
This is the existing site and blog which you so graciously support. NicholsNotes will continue to offer a combination of devotional thoughts, book reviews, inspiration, insights and occasionally, humor. DIY and gardening content will be phasing out for this blog in 2018, and readers interested in those topics can visit GodPlantedAGarden.com.
GodPlantedAGarden.com will offer DIY projects, garden visits, garden experiences, book reviews, and photos galore. Check it out and should the content be of interest please sign up for the new blog. The content posted on GodPlantedAGarden.com will be different from that posted on NicholsNotes.
Will I see two emails a week if I sign up for both blogs? I envision an either or posting arrangement with a weekly post to either NicholsNotes or GodPlantedAGarden but not both. Your email load should not increase by joining both blogs. And both blogs are free with the same promise that I will not sell, rent, or publish your email address.
Have you discovered the Bible for yourself? The question is not, “Do you attend church?” but rather, “Do you read, study, investigate, and analyze Scripture on your own?” We share this idea that the Bible is a special book yet often we know little about its contents. BibleBuildingBlocks.com is the site for inquiring souls who desire to learn more about the Bible. Take a few minutes and read the description from the site: AboutBibleBuildingBlocks.
Think of a database filled with useful information to assist in personal as well as group Bible study. Bible knowledge functions like a stack of blocks added one atop another. We learn, understanding builds, and we grow. As we grow that learning drives a hunger to know even more. Why? So that we may become Bible information storehouses? No, not at all. We learn and grow that we may prove more useful to God in His work. We study to prepare ourselves for service.
Someday I hope to offer a newsletter specific to BibleBuildingBlocks.com but for now the NicholsNotes blog will often reference the content from this site.
And please email me or use the Contact page to give input.