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Firestarters

By Nate LaClaire —  November 7, 2010 — 2 Comments

I’ve thought a lot about my blog recently and the need for either maintaining it, shutting it down, or fundamentally changing it. A thought came to me this morning and I’ve decided to follow through. I want to be posting something every week. I have lots of ideas, but lately I can’t seem to turn them into posts of substance. I have been tweeting and posting things on Facebook with much more regularity than I’ve been posting to my blog because of the difference between expectations for blogs and those for Facebook and Twitter. I don’t want to turn my blog into essentially a Twitter stream or Facebook wall, but am thinking that some short “thoughts” are bloggable (blog-able?) and might spark discussion or at least get others thinking. So, I’m introducing a new category to my blog: Firestarters. Firestarters will be short posts that either relate something that sparked my attention recently or something that I think might spark your attention. I still want to be writing more substantial posts as well, but those needn’t come every week.

Now, I should give you fair warning: in case you haven’t noticed, I have varied interests. Firestarters might relate to faith, music, politics, programming, health, reading, food, or just about anything else. You might not care about some new programming language, a “beautiful” code structure that someone showed me, a musical motive, a Latin phrase, a piece of scripture, or the benefits of bee pollen. That’s okay. I am and someone else out there must be. Who knows, one of my computer-hating acquaintances might become a programmer after seeing a gorgeous line of Groovy. 🙂 Firestarters are about getting me and you thinking. “Catalyst” might be too lofty a word, but maybe not in some cases.

Thanks for reading. I hope you’ll stick around for this experiment.

By the way, I have a book review and an audiobook review in the works as well. Stay tuned!

Taking a Break

By Nate LaClaire —  April 16, 2010 — 3 Comments

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I spend my time. It seems that I find myself wasting a lot of time on Facebook or in front of the TV (or both simultaneously) or doing other things that drain me emotionally, physically, and spiritually. After reading and contemplating a blog post by Tony Steward, I’ve decided to follow the example of Michael Hyatt and combine it with a suggestion from my good friend Joanna Hoyt. Consequently, I’m observing TV Turnoff Week (aka Digital Detox Week), April 19-25, 2010, by turning off the TV, staying away from Internet video, and taking a break from social media, including Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and other social sites/tools. Since my work involves social media, I will have to monitor Facebook, Twitter, and some other social media sites for business purposes, but will use them for absolutely nothing personal and will limit my time on them as much as possible. I’m also observing a blog silence during the week, but that won’t impact my life much because of the (lack of) frequency with which I generally post to my blog.

I’m looking forward to the break and am contemplating how my life will change after April 25.

Would you like to join me? Comment below and let us know what you’re giving up as part of your digital detox from April 19 to 25.

See you on the other end!

Thanksgiving

By Nate LaClaire —  November 27, 2008 — Leave a comment

I was thinking last Sunday about how my life has changed over the past year and that has led me to several days of consideration about this topic. Some know that on my 26th birthday I was frustrated about where I was in life and set a list of goals to achieve before my next birthday. As August 2008 approached, I became more and more depressed and frustrated by the fact that I still hadn’t achieved most of my goals. Well, my 27th birthday has come and gone and I still haven’t achieved most of the goals on that list. Know what? I still care, because all of the goals will have a lasting and positive impact on my life, but I am no longer mad. I realized on Sunday that while I was focusing on certain areas of my life, something else was happening. My list of goals included reconnecting with one old friend. Aside from that, the goals had nothing to do with friendships, or relationships of any kind. What I realized on Sunday was that God had other plans: to give me the quality relationships that I so much needed. Over the past year, I have formed closer friendships with people that I have known for several years but hadn’t been close to, restored close friendships with people I had drifted away from, reconnected with people I had lost touch with, and formed new friendships. A few days after my birthday last year, someone commented to me about telling my friends something. Although I kept this to myself, I realized at that moment that although I had “friends,” I hadn’t been giving myself time for friendships. I knew people that I would consider friends, but I couldn’t be sure they felt the same way about me. Then there were the people that I knew I could count on as friends to help me out in a pinch, but could they say the same about me? 

No man is an island and I am living proof. Through Facebook and LinkedIn, I have reconnected with those I have missed communicating with. Through church and college, I have built new friendships and rekindled old ones. Meanwhile, I have learned who my real friends were that I was just too blind to recognize. I discovered the true meaning of friendship and learned what a real relationship looks like.

I thank God for what He has done in my life this past year. I pray that I will never again get so caught up in my own list of goals that I miss the work He is doing in my life.