Hi, my name is Stan Arney, and I have been writing poetry for several decades. I write Christian based poems, and now have a collection of over 100. I attempted to showcase my poems, a few years back, by using CreateSpace, self-publishing a book titles, "Simply, Follow Me", which is still available for purchase, but unfortunately the only two purchases was from my sister and myself. I'm 52, and have been a Southern Baptist, for 42 years. I joined Faithwriters, back in March 2010. But honestly, I haven't really taken advantage of everything they have to offer. I have MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and my memory (short & long term) is not so hot, and cognitive thinking is scrambled sometimes (note: these are not excuses, just facts of Life).
Earlier this year (March 2013), the Lord touched me, in a personal way, a "Vision/Dream" in which He told me a few things, some items to reiterate with fellow believers, but also, He expects me to "step up, out of my comfort zone", and become a Teacher, and a Pastor. Also, I have had several follow up visions/dreams, where Jesus is asking me, "what's the hold up", "what's stopping you", etc.
So, I also do my family genealogy, and had my own website, that I posted information. The reason I mention this is, after March, I shut down that website, and created a new website, a christian based website, named after my first book, "Simply, Follow Me". I began by posting all of my poems, on the website, under the heading, "Poetry Ministries". Next, I began putting together Bible Studies, etc. I just recently set up a YouTube.com Channel, and started making videos of me reciting my poems, etc.
I use to have my poems posted on another website, whereby anyone who wanted to use one of my poems, had to ask my permission. I was blessed, that people from all over the world, felt my poems worthy of using in their church services, etc. I had a few of these people tell me, that my poems were like mini "sermons", which at the time, didn't seem possible, in my eyes.
However, now, by having over 100 poems, that's a decent start to having sermons already outlined, at least, huh.
My goal, is to use my God given Spiritual Gift of writing poetry, to share The Gospel, with the World. Also, to use it to help me, become a Teacher, and a Pastor, sometime soon. After all, when God keeps "tapping you on the shoulder", you better get the hint, or you might find yourself, in the belly of a whale.
I have no idea, how to bring people to my website, therefore, the only people visiting my website, is myself, if you know what I mean.
I even created a Writing Contest, titled, "The Death of Jesus" Read All About It!
In hopes, it would help to bring people to my site, to see what I have to offer.
I have shared what I'm doing, on my website, with social networks, like Facebook & Google Plus, still no one is visiting it, even my own fellow church members.
Now, I didn't come back to Faithwriters, to try to promote my website, but to try to learn, from all of you. You all have a lot more experience, perhaps you have someone that can "Mentor" me, to help me get to where I want to be. Sharing The Gospel, with every one.
Thank you, for your time, consideration, and cooperation, I truly appreciate it.
Take care, and May Our God Bless, Each and Every one of YOU, in His Mighty Way, Today and Every Day.