Why I Write
—– Anybody else think Billy Hodges resembles Stephen Colbert?
This really isn’t the genre to blog about and attempt to stay friends. There is a fine line. I have plenty to say, but if I said all of it I would either be spiritually convicted or offend someone or someone take something the wrong way. Sure, it’s a lot easier telling you what songs, albums, or singers that I don’t typically care for remaining anonymous. I truly believe I have been constructive in that aspect of my writing. I may push the edge a little bit, but I don’t let it get too far.
I’m getting a lot of e-mails about “Who is having affairs” or “drinking” or “who is AAP”, or “who is a homosexual”. And I think the number may be relatively higher than the average SGM fan would think, but I just see no point in talking about that stuff. If they’re your spiritual heroes, you might get let down. And that’s not why I began writing. And everything I write goes back to Kenny Hinson, The Crabbs, Michael English, Lari Goss, or The Cathedrals & The Cathedral tree anyways. Do we need anything else? Honestly, I would be fine if that was all that existed in southern gospel music. Ok, maybe that’s a slight stretch, but not by much.
Southern Gospel has re-captivated me. Growing up around it since I could talk, it’s something I knew…even when I went through a period when I couldn’t stand to listen to it. I retain information and I know what good music is supposed to sound like. And by blogging about it, I have over-saturated myself with it, and I am continually looking to be compelled by something new, and I rarely am…so I find myself writing about old stuff.
And if this blog was merely about “informing you” in the world of southern gospel, I would be cheating myself. And I would be cheating you. Based on numbers, I understand the blog’s popularity (though, not as significant as Southern Gospel Blog, Music Scribe or Averyfineline) has increased significantly in the last couple of months, but if I do go out…go out on top, right?
So, I’ll still be publishing posts. But I have enough articles written in my dashboard to cover the next 3 or 4 weeks, even if I posted everyday. If the article isn’t finished, it’s going up as/is, even if incomplete. And during this sabbatical, I will:
- Try to discover new methodologies of writing
- Pondering the Pros & Cons regarding revealing who I am
- Not waste time
- Separating myself from industry/fan
- Contemplate possibly shutting it down, at least temporarily
- It’s hard to play a small part in pushing the genre forward and helping to bring you to the light of quality when so many are satisfied with mediocrity.
- If I was paid to do this, I would be considered “media”. I might not hold back as much. Or, I might hold back more. Those structures aren’t really in place in this field.