For my project, I read passages from the Bible and explained them. This project took place on my current WordPress weblog. I didn’t want people to be able to change my work, just read it. With this project, I created a blog to help me and other to understand Bible verses. I read Bible verses from many different chapters of the Bible including Matthew, 1 Corinthians, Ephesians, John, Love, and Trust. I initially had more topics right away but then realized I only needed five.
Through this project, I hoped to learn more about the Bible and my faith. I wrote about what the verses meant and then later in my Weekly Reflections, I wrote about what they meant to my life.
I wanted to do a different style to my links than most people. I waited to link to things I was talking about until the end because I wanted people’s full attention on my article. I figured this would be a good idea because I know I get lost in the links that I see in articles I read. I find myself reading an article, seeing a link, then being ten articles away from the original article I was reading. As you can see, I linked to many articles and a couple videos to help my readers understand things better than what I could explain. Many times, I did research before I would even start writing so I could understand fully what I wanted to get across to the reader in less than 1000 words. When it would start to get to that point, I had to start cutting because even I was getting bored.
Here are a few examples of the links I would show to my readers.
Here is a link to a video by Todd White, a speaker I have watched for the last couple years: Todd White
Here is a link to what love is in the Bible: What is love?
Here is a link to help understand what it means to remain in Christ: Abide in Him
Here is a link to more great John verses: John Verses
I want to link this to give better context to this verse. It can be hard to understand what is happening in a verse without looking back at the previous events: John the Baptist Book
This link will help to understand who Nicodemus was and the situation that was happening: Who is Nicodemus?
These are just some helpful links that I thought would benefit readers in the context of the writing I was doing. As you can see, there are a variety of reasons why I linked including to show readers who people were, to show them the rest of the chapter or book, to explain a topic, or to further explain something I had touched on.
For the process, I picked three verses or passages to read through from a chapter. Each week had a different chapter or topic from which I took three posts from three verses. Each post had it’s own verse. I wrote my initial thoughts on the verse for each post. Then, after researching and linking to different ideas, I explained what the verse meant. At the end of the post, I gave a summary. Three posts a week from the chosen chapter were posted to the blog.
All of the topics for each week are shown on the blogroll on the right side of my weblog. Each blogroll link has the topic name and what post number it is. Example: Love Post 1. Then the second post will be: Love Post 2. This organizes the posts so the readers know what they are about to read.
As said above, these were the topics and books/chapters that I discussed in my blog. I realized I didn’t need more than five, so I did decide to cut two out which worked out perfectly. Here are the topics:
- 1 Corinthians
- Pink Candy Floss
Initially, I was shaky starting off. I did not know how to write about the Bible or what I believed very well. I started by writing sort of blindly but learned quickly that notes and research were important. I figured out a great process that I have stuck with throughout the rest of the project. First, I would pick the verse that I wanted to talk about. I researched the topic or chapter until I fully understood it. Then, I wrote down and decided on the topics and major points I wanted to make about the verse. Even though it is only one verse, I can write a lot about it. After the research, I started to write about what I wanted. Then I would just review it to make sure it sounded correct. This whole process would usually take me a couple hours after I got the hang of it.
I found out that when I have a process and habitual way of going about writing, it works out better. I get into a flow where ideas flow out of me and onto the page. Since the topics were on things I loved, I could really put my heart into the work. That is one of the reasons why I chose this project type, even though it is uncommon. I definitely struggled with how to write what I wanted to say right away, but as I said, I learned how to create my own process where my mind could flow freely without getting stuck as much. I want to share what my favorite topic was. It was actually one of the last postings that I loved. It was on the topic of trust. Here is the link to the reflection of it: Trust. I think I loved it so much because it was so relevant to me. I knew how to explain what I was thinking in a clear way that actually affected me more than most of the other posts I wrote.
I loved when people commented on my posts. Most of the time, I didn’t get very much engagement, however Bonnie and Will did comment a bit more than others. Bonnie gave very encouraging feedback to me, and I am grateful for that. Sometimes it seems like you are writing to empty space, but then someone fills it with a good comment. She definitely helped me to look at my work in a new way. The Studio Tours were also great for reviewing other posts and writing styles. I actually liked how I could review other writers rather than them reviewing mine because I wanted to learn how they were handling the project. It was a great exercise.
Overall, this project has helped me with writing immensely. I learned my process to write effectively and in a strong way. I loved how I could be open with my style and not try to form my writing to any standard. I could be myself. I hope that my writing also effected others, not to believe what I do exactly, but to just look at the Bible in a different way. That is why I really liked writing about how I felt about the verse, because I wanted people to know how it affected me personally. That’s what I really wanted to show in this blog. I wanted to get personal with the verse because that’s what will truly change other’s ways of thinking, not just history or stories. I want to use this blog in the future to help people and myself as well. It’s not just about me finding more faith in the words that I write, but it’s about preparing me for the future so I can write better and change the way people think even more.
Everything in this project worked out basically how I planned it. I just had to figure out how to write in the beginning and understand what I wanted to get across to my audience. After that, it was mostly smooth sailing.
If I could do this project over again, I would just work harder at researching and taking good notes. It would have saved me time, but it’s alright because I still learned from it. I might have linked to more videos or even added more pictures, but I didn’t really think about it. I found a great way to write and stuck with it. I actually loved this project more than I thought; it was something I looked forward to more than my others classes. It definitely helped to grow me in literacy, thinking, and knowledge.