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Writing for pleasure

April 10, 2011
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In the last 12 months I’ve spent more time writing than in the whole of the last 20 years combined, having started an MBA and also taken up journalling.

Buying a iPad really helped as it is not as intrusive as carry a laptop around, has made writing simply more accessible in everyday life, with programmes such as Evernote & Dropbox making it very simple to capture thoughts and ideas.

I thought this would lead to a lot more blog posts, but as I’ve written I realised that for me, writing is intrinsically private, it helps me think more clearly, process emotions and learn. Hence this very quiet blog.

There are also so many interesting writers and bloggers out there, that it has made me question why I would want to write publicly. The blogs I enjoy are those that challenge, introduce new ideas or are topical, these bloggers tend to write about subjects rather than themselves, although my favourite writers are those that combine the two. Even this post feels too introspective to me.

With my studies on retail, and my work in Christian bookselling, and I have quite a few opinions on a “trade in trouble”, but being fortunate to be working for one of the most professional and progressive companies in the sector, I don’t want give away the family jewels or come across as patronising, so I’m reluctant to blog in this area. The Christian retail trade need to engage with the harsh realities of retailing, and to win back the hearts and minds of the Church, and on it’s current course it is not going to do that.

So writing has become my new unexpected pleasure in life. I’m so pleased to have discovered it.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 10, 2011 9:42 am

    Enjoy it – is such fun!

  2. April 10, 2011 11:12 am

    Hey Steve — I wish you would speak out on the state of the Christian retail trade. You’ve got years, decades even, of experience, you’ve seen the highs, you’ve seen the lows, and somehow you’ve weathered the storms; and you’re so right in that brief observation about where the trade is right now.

    OK, so you don’t want to “give away the family jewels” — fair enough; but given your wealth of experience and where you are right now, the trade needs to hear your voice. Personally I think it’s unlikely that anyone’s going to accuse you of being patronising — there will be some exceptions, some who think they know it all already, but I suspect most will be only too ready to listen because they know only too well how vulnerable they are right now…

    So write on, please — before it’s too late; and I’m quite happy to give you a blank page on the UKCBD blog if you’d like to write there. The trade needs a Good Samaritan, Steve: please don’t walk by on the other side!

  3. April 10, 2011 11:59 am

    (apologies for all the “right now”s)

  4. April 10, 2011 9:56 pm

    Steve,
    I understand the itrospection and deeply personal nature of writing – indeed thats why I actually still have real pen and paper journals that get much use! but I would dearly love to hear your views – and as much as I appreciate you don’t want to give away the family jewels I wish someone other than me (whxih i know isn’t true but is sometimes how it feels – and indeed this last week actually I ahd a rep tell me perhaps I could be a little less honest about my sharing as otherwise the world would know what makes my business work!!!) would do that upon occasion 😉
    seems to me that if we are collegues as opposed to competition then perhaps we wouldn’t be quite so much a trade in crisis as we are – perhaps then we really would be moving forward together and becoming stronger all round – but hey I admit to being at times a hopeful optimist full of sometimes pessimism, or maybe thats a dreadful pessimist full of sometimes optimism – grin.
    Anyway I would love to hear your thoughts – the ones you feel you can responsibly share – only when we question, doubt, and offer forward insight do we truly begin to grow I think. But hey in the end what do I know – and the answer there is only my thoughts, my insights and my values – but these are always willing to be expanded by others thoughts and insights because there is value in openess and discussion more than we often know.
    Hugz and thanks for sharing whatever you do and whenever you can 🙂

    • April 12, 2011 7:13 am

      Hi Mel & Phil.

      Thanks for your comments, you guys really are the uberbloggers of the UK Christian trade!

      The whole world of retail is being rocked by so many things, this financial downturn, new technologies and cultural change, and our tiny sector is not immune, indeed it is very vulnerable to these factors. With so much turbulence around, our world feels very different, and without a large central player, roles and relationships have changed and we have all had to find new ways of working. I think we all need to pay more attention to the trends in the wider world, prayerfully recognise the place that God has called us to, and work to being the best that we can in that place, which I think will lead us to a more diversified, vibrant, and viable trade.

      I think that sometimes as retailers we can become a little too insular, and need to look outside ourselves, read and think more widely, then consider the trade we’re in. Maybe that’s where I may write more.

      Grace & peace.

      Steve

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