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Ch…ch…ch…changes

Thank you for all of your prayers and kind comments last week. I just needed a break and y’all were very gracious about it. I never expected such an outpouring of sweet comments and messages. My followers are the best, and you are so much kinder to me than I deserve.

One of the things last week finally gave me the time to do was to sit down and prayerfully think through the daily pressure of maintaining an online presence. It takes a lot of time and work to…

  • post blog content five times a week
  • study, research, and write original articles and content 3-4 times a week
  • write podcast scripts
  • maintain a daily presence on seven social media platforms
  • create original memes
  • prep and travel for conferences
  • do guest appearances on other podcasts

…and whatever else I’m forgetting at the moment. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining. I love this ministry and what I do. I just don’t have enough hours in the day to do all of those things with the level of excellence I’d like to. And meeting all of those deadlines – mostly self-imposed – puts a lot of pressure on me (again, mostly self-imposed1). That’s been nagging at the back of my mind for a while, but I’ve been so busy doing all of those things and meeting all of those deadlines that I haven’t really had time to contemplate it.

It’s no big whoop, I just need a little more time and a little less pressure. So I’m going to make a few changes. Some of them, the vast majority of you probably won’t even notice, but some of them, you will.

Effective immediately:

  • I’m tinkering with the blog schedule. We’re going to give this a go and see how it works, and I might change my mind later, but right now, what I’ve decided to do is to cut back from blogging five days a week to three, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

    The Mailbag will move from Mondays to Tuesdays (and you don’t know how it’s killing me that Tuesday doesn’t start with an M for the alliteration – we might have to appropriate some Español and make it the Martes Mailbag :0)

    Wednesdays (during the non-summer months), we’ll alternate between the next lesson in the current Bible study and either an original feature article (what I used to run on Fridays – articles on false teachers, biblical topics, current events in evanglicalism, etc.) or other original content (movies, upcoming speaking engagement information, etc. – what I used to run on Tuesdays).

    Throwback Thursday will remain the same.

    If I have some extra content I want to share with you in a given week, I might throw that in on a Monday or Friday. (Like this post you’re reading right now.)

    The best way not to miss anything is to subscribe to the blog via email. If you’re using a computer, you’ll find the subscription box in the right sidebar. On your phone or tablet, scroll waaaaaay down. It’s near the bottom, between the “Good News” video and the picture of the piggy bank. (If you have trouble subscribing, click here for some advice.)
  • I’m going to stop posting on my MeWe, Parler, and Gab pages. I’ll keep them open in case I ever need them (i.e. if I ever get kicked off the major platforms), but I’m no longer going to post content or interact. If you want to see my content on social media, I’m sorry, but you’ll have to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, (I’ll also continue to post first-run content on Pinterest) or subscribe to the blog via email (see above).
  • I’m going to stop posting to my stories on Facebook (but not on Instagram). It’s the same content I post on my Facebook page, anyway.
  • I’m going to cut back on the frequency of original memes I create and post on social media.
  • I will most likely not post blog content during the days I’m traveling for speaking engagements.
  • I’m going to take days off from posting content more frequently than I do now: when I’m prepping for conferences, when I just need a day off, etc.

That’s pretty much it for now. I’m toying with a few other minor ideas (there’s one thing I actually want to add if I can figure out how to do it), but I’ll give you a heads up on those when I make up my mind.

Thanks again for your understanding, your kindness, and your loyal readership and social media following.

1I say “mostly self-imposed” because I’m not under financial or contractual obligation for most of my ministry. I don’t earn any income (from advertising or anything else) for blogging, podcasting, etc. The only remuneration I receive is from speaking engagements, and the handful of followers -whom I deeply appreciate- who donate through PayPal and Patreon.

11 thoughts on “Ch…ch…ch…changes”

  1. May Yahweh bless you and protect you;
    may Yahweh make His face shine on you
    and be gracious to you;
    may Yahweh look with favor on you
    and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26 HCSB)
    You are such a blessing to many, myself included and we want
    you to take good care of yourself. That includes
    taking the time to rest, regenerate, meditate, and
    whatever else you need. Praying for you
    my beloved sister.

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  2. Good for you ~ God will continue directing you as to what He wants you to continue, cut back on, eliminate. So thankful for all your hard work represented in this blog.

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  3. Michelle,

    Wow!! I got a glimpse of all you do.
    Thank you for the high quality biblical content you work hard to create and bring to us. If you even post once a week that is good enough!! I really appreciate your ministry.

    May God continue to bless you.

    And I say go right a head and appropriate Martes mailbag!!

    Love your Latina sister in Christ,

    Martha

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  4. Girl I got exhausted just reading your list of stuff you do! Its good that you are making changes. Its so easy to suffer burn out. I have to check to see if I following you on IG but it will have to wait until July 1st when I return. I’m avoiding all that pride junk that IG gleefully promotes.

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  5. Michelle,
    I know the signs of burn out as I experienced them myself in working for a financial institution for almost 20 years. The daily grind, meetings, trainings, conferences, etc. were too much. I quit that job and now focusing on health and wellness. It was at one of this times that I came across your website, your teachings, bible study and especially your article about false teachers. I was an avid follower of Beth Moore, Joyce Myers, Lisa Harper, Priscilla Shirer etc.. etc.. since I became a Christian and that has been 20 years now. However, I began to notice some “strange things” about Beth, Joyce, Lisa and the rest of their gang a few years ago that really bothered my spirit and faith in these teachers. Because I was too busy with work, home, church and family that I couldn’t find the time to really meditate on God’s Word and so I relied on these false teachers’ teaching for wisdom and encouragement. But by God’s Mercy, I believe He led me to you and the other ladies such as Robin Self (I love her too!) for one and male teachers like Justin Peters (I listen to him everyday on you tube), Paul Washer and RC Sprouls. I am so grateful to the Lord for opening my eyes, heart and mind as I am once again meditating and memorizing scriptures. Thank you for the inspiration. I completely support you on all the changes you are doing, have done and some about to start. Don’t mind me, I have a lot of catching up to do reading your past, present posts, blogs, newsletters, etc.. etc…Feels like homework!! I don’t mind. After all, I got time now! Praise God.
    Love and Blessings,
    Kaye

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  6. Hi Michelle

    Thanks for all the information. I could never see how you managed to put out such good content on a regular basis. And then to find out you have other social media presences on ones I’ve never even heard of.

    And…….since you are in Louisiana and all, how about….wait for it……MARDI MAILBAG. !!!!!

    Love,
    Jana Walczuk

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  7. Praying the Lord will lead you in the areas He wants you to concentrate on. You have been such a blessing and glad I found your site.
    Becky

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  8. All that you have been doing sounds like a full time job to me. And you’re still raising a family, I believe? I suspect faithful followers won’t mind less blog posts a week, and those searching for truth will still find you via search engines. And, as I discovered, the content isn’t outdated simply because it has been written a year or three ago. I’m also wondering how much engagement with new readers you get on the social media platforms? I have seen discussions on your FB pages, but are those posts generating any new followers? Just wondering because, as an author, I only joined FB on the suggestion of my publisher, yet I really haven’t found it to be a great tool for building readership (although my publishing schedule is rather pathetic compared to what you’ve been doing).

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  9. Sounds good sweet sister. I so appreciate you and your ministry. I’ve learned so much. The hard choice is between what’s good and what’s best, and I have no doubt that it is the Lord who is directing your steps.

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