POSTING and undivided attention?

POSTING and undivided attention?

I’ve been thinking about what people are drawn to, when it comes to reading posts.

There are posts I quickly gloss over, they just don’t interest me.

This is inevitable – disinterest is common to us all.

There can be a certain switching-off that we all engage in when we get the initial gist of what a post is about.

We cannot read everything.

We cannot be interested in everything – to the same degree.

If we are interested in poetry – a poetic post gets our attention and we give it a try.

If I see someone posting on a religion I do not adhere to or one contrary to my own beliefs – I pretty much pass on, and don’t finish the post.

Unless I become curious and read it through to see someone else’s perspective, even when I know by experience it is not a perspective that is compatible with my own.

We all write our posts to be read. Else why do we write ‘em in the first place?

But if it’s all about getting people to follow us, getting folks to hit the like button or comment, or if it’s about becoming popular, then – it would be best to post on something that you know for sure will get the majority of people’s attention.

This way we can have a ‘so called’ successful blog.

But (or is it just me?) – the ‘novelty’ of this wears off.

The more folks that read the post, the better – of course. But we largely have no control over this, even though there are clever ways of increasing our noticeability factor.

I notice for example how my poetic posts get more likes than the Christian teaching, on my blog.

No surprise – as no man having tasted the old wine straightaway desires the new. For he says the old is better.

Luke 5:38-39 New King James Version (NKJV)

38 But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. 39 And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’

Now what’s your take on the verse I have just quoted?

Especially if – up to now – you are not a Christian? And you are not really interested?

Sometimes we miss by dismiss…

Dismiss by not giving due consideration and attention.

But then what if I perhaps – ignore your post?

I then, am definitely not practising what I preach – right? 

Having just failed to give what you say – due consideration and attention, how can I ask you to give the same to mine?

Attention getting. How do we get people to pay attention at what is a matter of life or death?

Well, in the context of the content of seedsinmotiontruthnart – I am unable to get your undivided attention. Just as you are unable to get mine if your post subject matter does not interest me.

However there is one element I have not mentioned, and that I claim is unique to a blog of Christian content.

And that element is the God-factor. God Himself made Himself known to me in an unmistakable manner. You can tell me it was my over-active imagination, or that I am gullible, or whatever way you would seek to dismiss my experience. But I-know-that-I-know-that-I-know, having tasted the new wine.

So If God is influencing you right now – trying to get your attention. He is doing so because He wants your co-operation in order to cause things to go from ‘attention’ to ‘undivided attention’.

He may well be influencing you to draw you to Himself:

44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.

Are you taught by God? Willing to be taught by God?

He needs your undivided attention in the first instance, if true revelation of truth is to dawn upon your mind, will, emotion and spirit.

So you must become conscious that He is indeed at your side seeking your co-operation.

Seek the Lord while He may be found,

Call upon Him while He is near…

Notice while (you sense) He is near.

 …Let the wicked forsake his way,

And the unrighteous man his thoughts;

Let him return to the Lord,

And He will have mercy on him;

And to our God,

For He will abundantly pardon.

So – have you reached the end of this post, or lost interest half way?

6 thoughts on “POSTING and undivided attention?

  1. I’m with you, Ken. I do find that “lighter” more devotional writing wins the day over direct and deeper Bible teaching. This is just the way things are. But, as you mentioned, people have different tastes and preferences. All we can do is write what is on our hearts, let the Lord use it as He sees fit, and move on.

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  2. I read the whole thing but to be completely transparent I’m interested in people and the things they do in general. That’s not to say I read everything on every blog I follow. And it’s not always a content issue. It might be a style of writing, a similar life journey/experience, a contrast, the unfamiliar, helpful information, or even just someone making an effort that I find interesting.

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  3. 😄Long posts put me off, but if they grab me from the beginning and keep me interested – like this one, then I read till the end.

    I have a large variety of blog interests, but if the first two sentences are boring, I will skip large chunks. If I’ve got time to plough through a subject thread, I avoid all who have more than 20 likes. I love to support those with few likes, especially those with less than 10. I very rarely ‘like’ a post if it has 440 odd likes already, which many poetry posts do. And those with thousands of followers, I presume are well-read by many already, so I tend to avoid those.

    The other posts I avoid are those I have previously commented on regularly but have never received so much as even one reply back – that’s just rude. They are obviously too wrapped up in themselves to be bothered about any other bloggers. To me, WordPress is as much about supporting others and learning about what others think as it is about our own opinions. Great post!


    1. An interesting strategy. I do some ‘speed’ reading first and then sometimes settle for a ‘proper’ read.
      Our time schedules all differ – I think this comes into the mix also. But thanks for taking your
      precious time to comment. Have a great day.

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