Why I Write

I was trying to figure out why I have this blog. In no particular order, here is what I came up with:

  1. I write for myself – to think “out loud” so to speak. I write to tease ideas and to make them seem a little more concrete. I write to clarify ideas that are swimming around in the molasses that constitutes my brain. So, probably more than any other reason, I write for me.
  2. Sometimes I write because I have a real burr under my saddle. Something has become a burning issue, and I cannot get rid of it until I pontificate on it and let everyone know just how much I have cornered the market on the truth of a matter. Judging from my responses, that rarely happens; but hey, that is the reader’s loss, not mine. (Snark).
  3. Occasionally I write because I have read what some other doofus has written, and it irked me. I never mention these doofuses (doofi?) by name in order to protect their doofusness. For the most part I can overlook a lot of ignorance and posturing. But, sometimes, enough is enough.
  4. Sometimes I write to generate a conversation. Rarely happens. This blog is scrupulously ignored by millions of devoted readers.
  5. I write because I am a frustrated author. Real writing – as in preparing a manuscript for publication by a reputable publisher – is brutally difficult. I would like to get my dissertation (appropriately edited, that is) published, and I have probably two or three other manuscript ideas floating around in my head. I am stymied by two intractable barriers: one, I doubt anyone would be interested in reading (therefore purchasing) what I would write, and two, I’m a perfectionist, and I’m not sure I could ever say what I want to say as perfectly as I want to say it. In this blog my imperfections reign supreme.

So, in a few words, that is why I write. Do you write? If so, why?

Author: Paul Smith

Paul Smith was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He holds the Bachelor of Science in Youth Ministry, Master of Biblical Studies and Master of Divinity, all from Abilene Christian University; and the Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Paul's passion is in teaching and preaching the gospel. Beyond the study of the Bible, his main academic interest is in the life and theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is an unashamed mountain-goat, and longs to spend his time with his feet in a cold trout stream.

5 thoughts on “Why I Write”

    1. Thanks, Tim! And I was going to specifically point out that there are other blogs that I read whose authors I rarely, if ever, disagree – yours being chief among them. But I decided not to cast any reproach upon you by associating your “Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts” with this spot. I do really appreciate your writing – and in those very rare situations in which I do actually disagree with you, very often it is your thoughts that cause me to fruitfully reexamine my own.

      Thanks for the support!

      Paul

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    1. Thanks, Luke – and ditto to you. Good luck in this last final stretch of (at least this portion) of your academic study. There is, however, always one more degree to earn (if the Mrs. will allow it.) I don’t think I’ll have any time left on this earth after I get this last one paid off! 🙂

      Paul

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    2. Thanks, Luke – and ditto to you. Good luck in this last final stretch of (at least this portion) of your academic study. There is, however, always one more degree to earn (if the Mrs. will allow it.) I don’t think I’ll have any time left on this earth after I get this last one paid off! 🙂

      Paul

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