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BLOGGING COMMUNICATIONS

Most bloggers – to state the obvious – feel they have something to say.

They want to pass on to others – some angle on a particular subject that they consider others should hear or receive.

The subjects bloggers share about – are of course numerous.

But everyone wishes to communicate or pass on their ‘findings’.

Is anyone ‘convinced’?

They are – if they buy the product, put the given advice into operation in their life, put into practice the health suggestions, take on board the ‘how to’ demonstrated, learn from an instruction, enjoy the communication and store it away in the grey matter, implement some lifestyle change – and so on.

This is part of what makes the world go round. We humans want to communicate. Share our lives in more ways than one.

We all follow certain interests. That’s what clubs are for. That’s what organisations are about. Communicating and sharing and agreeing that certain things are worthwhile, important, or just plane good fun.

Then there is political beliefs. So, some, in the party of their persuasion, join the campaign at elections. Throw their ‘lot in’ with a given crowd of fellow adherents.

Then there is sport and the teams we support. We all like to be part of a particular ‘clan’.

So to be part-off, to give one’s opinion, to ‘present our case’, to seek to influence – is common to all (we hear the term ‘influencers’ more than ever).

All of this is part of the human race’s mental make-up.

Then perhaps in recognition of this, and with a desire to be ‘different’, – some looking for the alternative – go for seclusion. 

‘Let’s get out of here, ‘let’s leave this rat race’. So the path of non-communication and social escape is sought through reclusiveness. (Off grid etc.)

Various religious orders accommodate this approach to life.

But one thing we can say is that God Himself has always communicated with mankind. Even after mankind chose to disobey what He said, God still communicates through His leaders and prophets, and ultimately through His Son. (Heb. 1/2).

So the desire to communicate, is part then, of God’s personality also.

What is the most important thing one person could communicate to another? Do we need to know a particular scenario first, in order to answer such a question?

i.e. the most important thing will be whatever the given scenario calls for?

For Christians the most important piece of communication in existence is John 3/16-17:

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

This covers all scenarios, problems, or difficulties. All catastrophes, illnesses, heartbreaking experiences. All loss, all hurt, pain, disappointment, turmoil and confusion.

This is the most important communication in existence – in all life or death situations.

Conversely there are communications to be shunned and rejected.

I Timothy 4/

But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

I have highlighted in bold, in this verse the reason John 3/16-17 is the most important communication on the planet:-

having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.

Winter Corner

Winter Corner – Watercolour by Ken Riddles

Watercolour 22

The paintings I have been posting in recent days signal a return to pure watercolour. All may know that it is a unique medium – like no other.

It is – it’s uniqueness and unpredictability that is both a challenge and a joy.

All my paintings go up and down the scale from the intuitive to the naturalistic.

At the moment they are naturalistic as expressed uniquely through the dance I have with the watercolour medium.

(You may have noticed a few trees in recent posts. 🙂)

This blogging thing…

Imaginary landscape – felt tips – by Ken Riddles

This blogging thing…

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am well past the ‘new fangled-ness’ of blogging.

Past the ‘what must I do to improve the spread of my posts’.

I have never made much effort in the promotion department.

I know it is a recurring topic with some bloggers, how to get the hits, the likes, the comments, the thumbs up etc.

There are of course, blogs on how best to blog.

But I’m afraid I have settled into an average eleven-likes syndrome, and reception of the odd comment.

I’m kind of resigned to the idea that whoever needs to, will stop by.

As a matter of interest when I show my paintings I will get the most likes. Rightly or wrongly I put this down to the readers needing the least amount of effort when deciding to hit the like button.

All that is needed is a few momentary glances at a painting, and bam! Moving on already to another blogger.

Those who are hungry for God’s truth, I hope will find Christian feeding on seedsinmotion, and those who like words for words sake might find a few poems to enjoy. Accessible ones, and not so accessible, fun poems, serious poems, Christian message poems, quirky poems.

Paintings?

Intuitive paintings, abstract, semi-abstract, naturalistic, expressionistic, designs, the descriptive terms could go on…

As I am writing this, I’m thinking it should be an ‘About’ – but when I look at my statistics (I look at these once in a blue moon) – I seem to have 728 followers (I thought it was more, but haven’t looked for a year or two). I guess we can lose followers – is that right?

And as I do not often ‘follow back’, that would be no surprise 😍.

So this blogging thing, – well – we just must – isn’t that right…?

Blogging – what again!?

Blogging – what again?

Just a note (or two) on blogging.

I don’t know if it is a ‘leftover’ from having lived a few previous decades before this one – long enough in fact, to not be totally enamoured with our IT/computerised-village-green communication substitute – world.

Where everyone meets online – rather than sitting on a bench in the village square.

This square or oblong glassed fish tank in front of us bloggers, robs us of the sweetness of actual live, in-the-flesh, camaraderie meet-ups — for the exchange of news and ideas by orally traditional means.

All kinds of other by-products being the result of this front-of-screen fellowship. With the resulting lose of many precious human face-to-face communicative experiences.

Like the proverbial ‘nod-and-a-wink’, ‘audible mutual hearty laughter’, ‘would you like a sweetie (candy)?’, ‘the look on your face – ha ha ha!’, ‘physical pats on the back’, the ‘actual colour’ observation of the sweater you are wearing’ and so on. 

I’m not putting this loss down to Covid – which only added to the drift of how humans are separating and substituting basic great-connecting-bliss, for something much less and Zombie-ish – practices.

I’m just going to stop there. As I am getting way off my real reason for this short post. Laughing at my own detour.

So take the above as the pontification of a gentleman who is as young as you – but a lot older. (😅)

Blogging: – we all (I think) have run the full gamut of thoughts that come and go over the period of time we have been blogging.

One by one a lot of the thoughts that might cause us to do things differently – disappear – without any action being taken.

There are of course still plenty of ‘how to’ posts to be found on all the passing queries that have entered and exited our minds, with regard to the whole subject of ‘to blog or not to blog that is the question’

How to increase traffic for instance and…

To prove my point I will now stop there at the ‘…’

I will refrain from mentioning all the other blog facts and factors, outlooks and recommended actions, forsaking the desire to sound like I have brilliantly covered the subject to the applause of the balcony.

Not hard to forsake my measly knowledge on the subject.

I am in fact ‘a mole and I live in a hole’.

My hole is a pleasant one – where I reflect on better times. Maybe I’m talking of my man cave? My time warp man cave.

Is it an actual Man Cave you might ask?

No, just rather, a place of comfort via reminiscing.

Maybe if someone just reblogged my stuff ad infinitum, that would save me from having to enter the 21st century and actually do something to ‘promote’ this blog?

What you hear is someone who has drifted into doing his post every few days (and little else technically).

Still – one must write – and here I could give you all kinds of reasons why I must, as you could – me.

So is there anything new under the blogging sun?

Yes – your next post.

My name’s Ken from…

by Ken Riddles

My name’s Ken from…

I have been blogging since 2015. I’m not exactly a technophobe – but can think of better things to do with my time 😎.

By so stating I’m indirectly communicating that I take minimal interest in my ’stats’ regarding followers, viewers, etc. I commented recently to a fellow-blogger that I look at my stats about once a year! ☺️

A bit of a tongue-in-cheek remark but more or less true.🙂

[Notice: that is three emoji’s in a row. A record!]

Initially I posted my paintings more or less – all of the time.

Then I removed all paintings and settled for posting my Christian teachings, and poems, with the odd painting still displayed.

This is more or less how things are at the moment.

My idea back when I starting blogging was to let the work speak for itself. No need to proclaim ‘boring’ details about myself (?).

So that the art, the art appreciation, the poems, the Christian teaching would stand (or fall) on their own merit.

Up until this point little to no, personal references as to who I am, where I live, what I do (daily life), has been revealed.

I’ve decided to share along the above lines. I feel another emoji coming – 💡

My name is…

Well that’s already been revealed

What hasn’t been revealed is that I hail from Northern Ireland, that six county province on the island of Ireland.

[Maybe this ‘whereabouts reveal’ – comes as no surprise – maybe ‘I thought so’ might have crossed your mind – or you remain non-plussed either way?]

What has been revealed before, is that I married my sweetheart from The Netherlands. We celebrated our fortieth wedding anniversary back in March.

Other snippets of ‘identity’ can be found somewhere in the fog of old blog posts.

I came to a revelation of The Lord Jesus Christ on the 20th November, 1970, when I was overwhelmed by the Presence of God. And fell to my knees in repentance in my bedroom, in a little terrace house in Belfast. The house and therefore the room no longer exist.

The house was demolished many years ago, as part of the redevelopment of the area.

So I was born in one of the three upstairs rooms. And was born again in one of the two remaining.

[Mostly natural births today, in western culture, are in hospital wards as you know – although don’t quote me].

So what difference does this beginning of further information make?

I’ve no idea.

But I must confess I find the personal story of others – interesting. So maybe time to explore that approach in some writing.

That’s about it – carry on eating your lunch. Any questions?

No? Well, have a nice day.

Posting/composing

POSTING/COMPOSING

Roll up! Roll up! There’s plenty to like

If you don’t like anything then – ‘on yer bike’

Who can force you to embrace all blogs?

Some kind of dictator who has gone to the dogs?

                              …

Free speech is fine and good

Trouble is – it’s a licence for many to be rude

That aside – freedom of speech wins

Even though society democratically sins

Good points – bad points in a democratic system

Don’t go for dictator(ship)

Be glad you’ve dismissed him

                               …

You tap your keys and gleefully post

Hoping for likes and comments and a toast

To your efforts anyway – you’ve given your time

To try to make something that will rhyme/chime

With those who check-in i.e. a common thread

All bloggers enjoy – post the one – you misled

Give us a look at that post of yours

The one you found again on your desktop tours

The one you weren’t sure about

But now – you have no doubt

Where am I going as I compose the next line?

(pause for effect)

… I will just stop there – yes – that will do fine

Posting

POSTING 2021

Choosing what to post, is an exercise that all bloggers obviously and necessarily go through – pre-next posting.

Do we consider our ‘audience’ when doing so? We might ask: ‘What’s the point of posting on a topic that is contrary to the world view of the majority of our ‘followers’?’

Are we posting in order to sell snow to the inuits? Or e.g. In the politics of a certain nation – Are we posting to ‘Republicans’ sharing ‘Democrat(ic)’ things? Or are we perhaps breaking into everybody and anybody’s world view in order to direct them to our own? Are we out to convince them? Are we simply wanting to share what is – a joy to, or at least of interest to – us?

And so on… we could reason, as to the what’s, when’s and wherefore’s of our decision making process, in the context of audience.

How about we all agree as bloggers to give each blogger a day, and on that day we shall all visit their blog, and refrain from posting anything ourselves, on that very same day?

Wow! – they would get some traffic right? 😎

At this point I have to confess – I am not sure where this preamble is going…

So let me change gear and include the introduction of a change of thought, but related.

THE ‘OLD POSTS’ dilemma?

I’m sure someone will answer this. What do you do with OLD POSTS? Do you delete them?

Are we realistic about the fact that people will not take the time to search through our blogs to find them?

Old Posts have had their day?

No – not if never read by someone before…

But there/here, they ‘lie’ unattended to, like paintings in an art gallery vault – locked in the basement and never seeing the light of day.

What shall we do? Delete them?

Well, someone might tell me what they think?

Before I hit the delete button….

Interested?

INTERESTED?

Here we go – perhaps stating the obvious?

I was thinking of things that interest me.

Having mentioned (in a previous  post), the ‘interest’ factor when it comes to what posts people will read.

It must be one of the simplest conclusions one must arrive at, when it comes to examining why your posts and mine receive their quota of ‘likes’, or not as the case may be.

Some posts get a four, and some get a twenty-four for example.

And so the “why?” question.

I still say it is the interest factor. I too will read what catches my attention/interest, and ignore what doesn’t. I quickly glean whether the post is worth pursuing or not.

I think it’s safe to say that, like you (?), the time element also comes into it.

Posts too long, usually get bypassed for that reason.

All because you and I have things to do. We have our own world to engage with. Trying to hit a balance with work, rest, and play. (Let me add pray).

Some excellent writing therefore is bound to be bypassed along the way.

And so good writing is not a deciding factor in what gets read.

Is writing ability over-rated? Well yes and no. Try reading a post by someone who has little writing ability.

Conversely think of the innumerable multitude of decent writers.

Subject matter – is either of interest to you or isn’t. You will read accordingly – or not.

We know that our ‘followers’ total, means little. Please correct me if I’m missing something?

But there are hundreds of my ‘followers’ who have not visited seedsinmotion for a loooong time.

But heh! Neither have I visited them. So who can complain?

Where’s this all leading to?

Actually I suppose this is where promotion comes in.

Those who must have constant attention and traffic etc. – go mad on promotion. All social media outlets taken on board.

Every which way they can – promote, promote, promote.

I feel a spiritual point coming on.

Jesus was the most sought after person on the planet within His sphere of service (Israel).

He had the goods, as we say. He did the opposite to promoting Himself, with sentences such as: 

Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, “Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead.”

Then He commanded them that they should tell no one; but the more He commanded them, the more widely they proclaimed it.

Notice the more He told them not to ‘promote’ Him – the more He became famous, and His mighty deeds were noised abroad.

Amongst the many attributes we see demonstrated in the Life of The Lord Jesus Christ – humility comes to mind.

He so had every attribute worthwhile to living life – that all came to have a look. Have a look – and get their needs met.

Now before this becomes another Post, suffice to say – for those who are earning a living online – keep on promoting. I am not earning a living online. So I have no tricks, free mugs or T-shirts, but bid you “have a nice day 😎”

PS (To that one person who is helped by anything I write – you make it all worthwhile)

Posting

POSTING

Something by no means unique to a particular blog’s subject matter – is the question of what to put in and what to leave out in a post?

I imagine – Too long a post and we lose readers.(?)

Especially in this instant coffee day and age in which we live.

Attention spans have changed.

When it comes to posts with Christian subject matter in pursuit of readers – here’s how it looks to me:

Many are posting. Many send out the Word of God, hoping and trusting that God will use it in ways we know not of. Based on the scripture that tells us: 

Isaiah 55/

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,

And do not return there,

But water the earth,

And make it bring forth and bud,

That it may give seed to the sower

And bread to the eater,

11 

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;

It shall not return to Me void,

But it shall accomplish what I please,

And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.

Now of course, for it not to return void (in the sharing of Christian teaching sense) – it must be accepted in the first place by the readers to whom it is sent. Or at least listened to.

For most of my fifty years as a Christian I have sent forth God’s Word – not as prolifically as I would have liked. 

But needing something to describe what I do – I became seedsinmotion. (Preaching, teaching, evangelising, writing)

Most Christians agree that the times we are entering into are times of hardship and a ‘falling away’ is taking place, rather like in the days of Noah.

II Timothy 3/

unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

We are also told that there will come a time when: 

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;

So some will not even get past the title of a Christian post, before they decide it’s not for them.

The preacher gets his listeners on a Sunday morning. Usually an expected ‘ready made’ audience.

But sending out blog posts is potentially hit and miss for bloggers.

Usually having many genuine readers and not just followers, in my opinion, depends on the interest factor or lack of it.

It is not based (again – in my opinion) solely on writing ability.

It is true for myself also – if I am not interested in a particular post – I trash some of my email notifications without even reading the posts in situ.

So I shouldn’t be surprised if others do the same with me.

However there are those I return to again and again for the opposite reason i.e. I’m interested enough to do so.

Also – perhaps to the chagrin of the ‘poster’ – I sometimes read their post in my emails and don’t sign in to click the like button (naughty I know).

There is no doubt Christian or non-Christian when you read a Christian post – you are ‘exposing’ your mind to content that can be used by God to do something inside you. That is the most important thing when it comes to Christian posts.

Not just primarily that you have been educated or informed intellectually but rather: is God saying something personal to you, that you can take into your being, and because of which you allow Him to bring change?

That’s the question you must ask. There is no way of knowing how many ask this question.

And that is something we (i.e. more specifically I) must leave to Our Heavenly Father.

It’s no surprise to me that often my poetry gets more ‘likes’ than posts with Christian subject-matter (though not always). The following scripture explains why non-Christians do not respond to Christian teaching.

However if they respond to the powerful Word of God – they might stop long enough, to examine the claims of Jesus the Christ, and pursue these claims to find salvation and/or the truth making them free!

1 Corinthians 2:14

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Which message?

Which Message?

Throughout history, messages for their time – have sometimes made a resounding difference to what took place subsequently.

Most of us ‘ordinary’ folks, are not going to make such speeches or write such messages.

One immediately thinks of Martin Luther King. Television has given us snippets of his famous speech, periodically, ever since it was delivered.

As I am not from USA, I hazard a guess that the message means more to Americans than the rest of us. Even though we can appreciate it’s contents, and how historic etc. it was.

Churchill’s famous radio speech(es) during war time, is/are another example.

Perhaps the best speech you have ever heard was when your teacher drew you aside and gave you an exhortation about behavioural matters, or presented you with a different mental outlook than the one you carried up to that point in your young life. You were never the same again.

Maybe a circumstance arose that meant you had no choice but to travel a certain career path, and it led unbeknown to you at the time – to a lucrative lifestyle. And the proverbial ‘haven’t looked back since’ came into play in your life.

Maybe you were going well astray into crime, and a caring policeman went the extra mile in showing you interest and concern. So that through his counsel you found a path to wholesomeness.

A good example was the influence the Preacher Man David Wilkerson made on a young Nicky Cruz. You can read the whole story in the famous book: The Cross and The Switchblade’.

Different deliverers of the message, different content, different times, words in season, when you needed to hear them.

Proverbs 15:23

A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!

Isaiah 50:4

“The Lord God has given Me The tongue of the learned, That I should know how to speak A word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear To hear as the learned.

So is there a word for you in this season? Think of the enormity of the messages flying around the internet. Think of the enormity of the messages being posted as we speak.

Think of the ‘Likes’ you will hit, if you spend time reading posts. Each blog a different message.

Messages, photos, communications, philosophies, religions, teachings on ‘how to’, humour, zaniness, etc. etc.

All come at a certain time, or season.

According to Proverbs 15/23 we can have joy by what we say, by what message we pass on. Even ‘Hello how are you?” Given at the right time to the right person, can help.

In Isaiah the writer tells us that God can actually give teaching to us. Messages from the heart and mind of the Creator, written in the many books compiled into what we have named the bible.

The writer, given the tongue of learning. With the purpose that he should speak the right word at the right time.

Now all we need is a willing heart ready to act on what we have read or heard.

James 1:

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer…

Fry

Fry

Rustle up some grub

As hands are rubbed-in-friction together

Get the smell of bacon on the fry

Leave that window half-open

And let the draught enhance our smell

With it’s seasoning of quiet sigh

Set the table with fresh tablecloth

And make a good display

Cups and saucers, knives and forks

Sauce if you wish and pepper spray

Watch the gulping appreciation

Of you and I

Smiles and laughter at how we devour

What we have been waiting for at this hour

Persuaders…

Persuaders…

After four poems in succession, my pendulum swings again to spiritual matters:

God in Christ wants all men to be saved/delivered/set free – indeed all of the above. He desires to make Himself known to us.

But not everyone (needless to say) is going to see things that way.

History has unfolded the proof of this. It has always been so. The gospel of Christ is not readily accepted, and is just plain rejected by many. Just as Christ Himself was rejected.

The world is full of different belief-systems, faiths, doctrines (call them what you will) that people adhere to – the old saying has application: ‘but never the twain shall meet’. This summarises how these ‘faiths’ will never agree. Indeed it cannot be, and is not meant to be.

Light has no fellowship with darkness, would be one way of describing why doctrines don’t gel, in ‘faiths’, they are simply not the same.

Still, adherents to whatever belief, mostly feel it part of their ‘duty’ to spread their message. Spread the message to an often unheeding public.

An offer of a free £1,000 spending spree in a local store, will make most ears prick-up. First thought? Is this a scam? Having proof of it being a genuine offer – who in their right mind is going to reject, ignore or refuse the offer?

So the gospel message, if it is to be ignored, is ignored perhaps on the false premise that it is a scam?

The exponents of this gospel message are only after your money, it is thought? Not hard to know where this impression comes from through the mouths of TV evangelists. The gospel message is very balanced. But if we hear only one aspect repeatedly, it isn’t hard to understand how folks get a lop-sided view of things.

Or (it is sometimes thought) this message is to do with servitude, manipulation and control where everybody bows to some cult figure at the helm?

Or some – not having examined thoroughly the cross of Christ and what took place there, beyond the visible – see it wrongly, as some kind of ‘blood religion’. Some ‘gory’ horrible story of no significance?

Then again some reject the ‘holier than thou’ attitude of some so-called adherents to this gospel of christianity. Not stopping to consider that there are false gospels, in the name of christianity, that we are warned about in the scriptures.

In a different vein – some just plainly don’t ‘believe’ in God full stop, the God of any ‘religion’.

And so we could go on laying out reasons for the ‘gospel of Christ’ being rejected, or reasons many refuse to give it their attention.

Maybe some ‘clergy’ have failed miserably and have been guilty of the abuse of others. And this is taken as a reason to reject not only them but the biblical message?

How can we begin then to give it our attention, or tolerate any kind of preaching? When so many reasons arise in our minds that stop us on the journey before we even begin.

Is this where we, the adherents of Christianity step-in to persuade you differently?

Or are we better leaving you alone – after all it is often quipped: ‘Religion is a personal/private matter’?

So no gospel for you? You will tolerate those who wish to believe that stuff – as long as they leave you alone?

And yet is it not true that some enthusiastically expound how worthy their soccer team is to be followed. Or how the car they have is the best on the market. Or the area they live in is excellent. Or the best way to cook the meal is to add particular ingredients, to give the best possible results, for the taste buds. Or their favourite politician should be voted for – because etc. etc.?

Maybe all those things should be kept to themselves? People will tolerate you if you keep your mouth shut and leave people alone?

Why are people blogging, they wouldn’t be wanting us to like their stories, opinions, or share in their experiences would they?

Truth is – we are all persuaders.

Paul the apostle was a persuader concerning the true-truth of the gospel message, and having opened His mouth with God’s enablement he got the following response, as he fulfilled his ‘duty’ by sharing the Christian message to a certain king:

Acts 26:27-29 New King James Version (NKJV)

27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.”

28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”

29 And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am…

So next question? What’s it going to take to cause you to realise that the Christian gospel is God’s communication to mankind, as it is, in it’s preserved written state, for the salvation of mankind from the tyranny of an evil spirit?

Maybe you are amongst those who are already persuaded?