NewSoGoFan moves on, launches blog
I have told each of my contributors that they are free to launch out on their own at any time they want—and that I will do everything I can to promote their new ventures. NewSoGoFan has decided to take me up on that offer; today, she launches southerngospelyankee.wordpress.com.
She has contributed fourteen posts: CD reviews of Influenced II (Ernie Haase and Signature Sound), Declaration (Booth Brothers), Acoustic Sunday (Kevin Williams), A Man Like Me (Wes Hampton), and Signature Sound’s Cathedrals Tribute CD and DVD, encore series entries for Hide Me Behind the Cross and I Just Can’t Make It By Myself, translation series entries for Embrace the Cross, Our God is With Us, On Faith Alone, The Coloring Song, and Runner, and a humor post. She also played a significant role in two other posts, the Ernie Haase interview and the discussion on Wes King’s “The Robe.”
I distinctly recall the early days of wondering whether I would ever reach one hundred daily readers. That’s part of why I’m pleasantly surprised when someone wants to contribute posts, and astonished when that person gets excited about it!
Perhaps that is because the day-to-day work isn’t all that glamorous. I’m not sure what you see, but…
I see a blank screen every morning that needs to be filled up with something interesting enough to make you feel that your daily five-minute visit wasn’t a waste.
I see the obstinate sentences that sturdily resist my attempts to reshape them into something that flows naturally.
I see a stack of one or two dozen CDs each September, with a hundred smiling faces that stare at me until I set aside a full-blown marathon writing weekend to write reviews non-stop for hours. I enjoy the other 363 days I spend on the site, but I have to admit, that weekend is always too much of a good thing!
Yet I love what I do, just the same. And enough of you find some level of value in the end result to keep me going. But it does explain why I’m as astonished as excited when someone wants to contribute posts.
This story’s ending has an surprising and exciting twist. Even as one contributor comes on, another is about to come on board! Be watching for an announcement later this week.