Blogging takes time, tenacity and thought

Today’s date is the 18th May. Well it was the 17th when I started this post. It turns out it has been 130 days since my last entry! Oops. Classic behaviour you might say for a new year’s resolution blogger.

What I’ve realised is that I need to dedicate regular time to form the habit. This isn’t a new idea to me by the way, just one which I need to be reminded of regularly. I also need tenacity. I quite enjoy writing; I wouldn’t say I am a naturally gifted writer but I do find I can do it. I am determined to try and blog more regularly as the skill will only improve… well I hope so.

Chair in Field Alone by Evan Brennan

And finally: thought. One of my reasons for starting was to allow myself to reflect and attempt to articulate things in such away that my learnings and reflections might be useful to others. This does require actual thinking and consideration of life in general if I am to have any useful output.

Time for a renewed commitment then: to get a short and snappy blog out a couple of times a month or maybe more.

What do you find helps you to blog?


Zero to Hero Challenge

As a new blogger I have taken up the Zero to Hero: 30 Days to a Better Blog challenge.  Why am I telling you? Well the Day 1 challenge was to write a first post about why I am blogging. Seen as I broke the seal and already put a first post out there I thought I would do a more considered About me page.

You can read it here and find out more about five double-ues and an aitch.

New Year. New Blog

So here goes.

I’ve taken the plunge. Over Christmas 2013 I played with WordPress for a little while. I’m not new to the whole blogging thing in the sense that I have read other people’s blog’s on and off, but I have never committed to writing my own. I’ve decided to give it a try….

But what on earth about? Well thinking about the origins of a blog as a “web-log” I figure it could be a dialogue (hopefully not a monologue) with the world about stuff I think about, interesting ideas I come across and useful things like that.

I’ve created some life related themes. I have one life but there are different facets which overlap all the time: Faith, Family, Work (or my role) etc. I hope to put content in each of these themes from time to time.

What’s with the name? Frankly I was struggling there. “Jon Giles’ Blog” felt a little boring. I like the little phrase of 5 Ws and an H (6 useful questions when planning and thinking about things) and I thought I would give it a whirl.

So, please join in the conversation. It would be a shame if no one ever talked back.

Peace and Love.

Recommended Books

This could be a pretty long list in the end. But here goes. I will start this general and then think about categorising it later. If you like.


  • God’s Word – The Bible
  • Building a Discipleship Culture
  • Inbound Marketing
  • The Advantage (Lenioni, P)
  • Leading Missional Communities (Breen, M et al)
  • The Spider and the Starfish
  • The Tipping Point (Gladwell, M)
  • Good to Great
  • The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team (Lencioni, P)
  • How to be a Productivity Ninja (Alcott, G)
  • David and Goliath (Gladwell, M)
  • Covenant and Kingdom (Breen, M)

I’ll try and do this one day.