So I missed a couple of weeks of blogging, and was a little bit torn about how to handle it. There are basically two routes, and both are equally valid.

Route one would be to just pick right up with another post and not acknowledge the “gap”. This would work great for an impersonal and informative type of site. While I hope that what you find here is informative, I intend to be anything but impersonal. My goal here, borrowing an idea from Red Smith, is to sit down at a typewriter, open up a vein, and bleed. So if I’m not being personal, I’m not doing my job.

Route 2 is the “apology”. I am a fan of several podcasts, and also read several blogs. It is generally understood that most people who maintain these types of sites are busy people with families and day jobs and lives. So it is not uncommon for “breaks in the action” to happen. I still find it a bit comical, though, when a podcaster doesn’t post a new episode for a few weeks and then feels compelled to apologize and explain what they’ve been up to. (I listen to one podcast in particular that starts almost every episode with an apology!) But then I go and miss a few weeks of blogging and I see where they’re coming from. I don’t even know where to start, so I feel strangely moved to apologize and tell you what I’ve been up to.

How about a “secret option C”? How about I don’t apologize, but still tell you what I’ve been up to?

I like that route. So here goes nothing:

What I’ve been up to

  • I went vacationing with my family over Thanksgiving. We took our camper to the Florida panhandle for one last hurrah before it gets too cold. Speaking of too cold, it was a little too chilly for swimming, but we got in a good amount of beach time. We also did some geocaching and saw Frozen (great film, btw!).
  • I did the Black Friday thing for the first time in forever. We bought a TV on the cheap. I think I finally (sort of) get it.
  • I’ve watched a ton of college football. I try to be very diligent about not watching too much TV, but I usually kind of let it go during the month of December. Georgia Tech played Georgia valiantly and came up just a hair short. And then Auburn (my wife’s team) goes and beats Alabama and gets themselves into another championship game. So football fever is in full effect at the Lees’.
  • Third Day did a short run of Christmas shows with Michael W. Smith. We were in the Upper Midwest. The weather was cold, but the concerts were HOT (I just rolled my eyes at myself). Seriously, it was a blast touring with Michael and meeting some great fans in the Dakotas and Minnesota. Go here to read my blog updates on the Third Day website.
  • Beyond the above, I’ve been practicing a lot of guitar (brushing up on Christmas songs!) and gearing up for Winter Xtreme as well as The Roadshow in January. We’ll have a short break for Christmas, but then it gets just as hectic as ever!

So there’s what I’ve been up to. But why stop there? Here’s sort of where I’m headed with the blog over the next few weeks:

What’s coming up

  • Let’s face it – Christmas is a busy season. For me to try to post fast and furious like I did earlier in the fall would be unrealistic for me as the blogger as well as you the reader. Look for about three blog posts a week until at least the second week in January.
  • With New Year’s around the corner I have a couple of posts about motivation in the works. I’ve also been working on a post to coincide with the release of The Hobbit this weekend.
  • I was surprised and delighted with the response I got from the Bible reading challenge. I have thought about formalizing that into some kind of email series. It might be as involved as 21 posts to encourage people for every day of the challenge. If something like that interests you, please let me know.

With all of that, things should be pretty busy around these parts in the foreseeable future. If there are any other topics you’d like to see, feel free to let me know by sending an email or leaving a comment.

Thanks so much for reading, and I look forward to what the future will bring!