Somewhere in the last few days I noticed I passed 4800 posts since starting this blog back in the dark ages. I think I’ve been at this for 9 years. There are so many other forms of communication and writing that have come and gone since then… and I here I sit.
If I wrote 100 words per post (which is a low average), I’ve written almost half a million words in this time. If the average book today is approximately 80,000 words, that is 6 plus books.
The Prophetic Voice Raised
It’s been a good year. It is my hope to keep on blogging, keep on challenging as I am being challenged, and share the growth I hope I am receiving in my walk with Christ.
I have used WordPress for years and had the “free” plan. That meant from time to time there would be ads at the bottom of each post.
A family member sent me a screen shot the other day of a post with an ad at the bottom. It was enough to send me scrambling to pay for an upgrade so hopefully readers won’t have to see ads like THAT any more.
Hopefully, my site will now be “ad free.”
I have finally passed 90,000 views for my blog. Small potatoes in the blogging world, but for me a moment to say thanks. I am so encouraged to know people are reading, and the comments I get on Facebook. I am also grateful for those I meet and they compliment my posts. It’s gratifying.
Thank you for paying attention. Thank you for listening to my rants and random thoughts. You encourage me along the way.
Christianity Today steps up to demonstrate a show of solidarity with Christians being forced out of Mosul.
HERE is more of the story.
Just when I get introduced to a good blogger, he goes away.
But I sure understand his reasons.
Modern liberals and conservatives continue to control the discussion. Those of us who think otherwise are marginalized because we refuse to accept the power and influence of those who are members of the extremes.
I get that completely. And I play that game. Not with my content, I hope… but with my headlines and tags. I am not going to lie.
I know my normal “stuff” doesn’t get read. It doesn’t get “hits.” I don’t have angst. I grew up in a fundamentalist atmosphere, turned into somewhat of a moderate, moving from a die-heard conservative to a raging “moderate,” and that stuff is just plain BORING.
People want shrill.
And my blog the other day about Hobby Lobby proved my point. I got huge numbers on my “hits.” I got ONE person commenting. And when there wasn’t a fight to be had, even that dried up.
I hope Bevere comes back. His next post said he might.
But I sure understand his frustration.
And, quite frankly, I think I’ve reached a point where I’m just plain out of words. I have no desire to be shrill. I just want to lift up Jesus, not as a conservative or a liberal, but just let Jesus shine and do my dead level best to walk in faithfulness to what I see of him in Scriptures.
So, I go off to do that.
And maybe I will find more words to share. But I’m pretty sure they won’t be shrill. And if they make both “sides” mad… even better.
But I think I’ve just run out of words.
Occasionally when I add in a text reference I link the text to Biblegateway.com. I am part of their “blog gridder” team, which means… well… I have no idea what it means. Just a badge to put on my blog and make me look cool.
But Biblegateway is an excellent tool for online Bible resources. I use it to compare translations often. It is the place I go to cut and paste Scripture for my sermons and our Sunday readings.
They are getting ready to launch their new look and have given permission to spread the word.
I think it’s a nice upgrade.
Some nice touches:
- Bible annotation and personalization built around user accounts
- Seamless cross-platform syncing of user-created content
- Responsive design that adapts to any screen size or viewing device
- Clean, clutter-free presentation of Bible, devotional, and reference content
While I use another resource for inline notetaking, the Biblegateway feature of inline notetaking is truly nice. Adding in highlights is great.
Check out the resources and enjoy a wonderful (and FREE) site.
The blog was down the last couple of days as I was trying to navigate Google’s new payment systems and how they charge for website domains, etc.
I’m probably the only one who is upset, but I’m back.
I was informed by a WordPress notification this is my 5th Anniversary for this blog.
I’ll never match tremendous numbers of “hits” or views like other great friends of mine, but I have enjoyed the process.
Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you to those who let me know in person that you read my blog.
It’s meaningful to me. I hope it is to you.
An interesting development, brought to my attention yesterday, is I had whole pages that were blank. Then, I discovered the problem is links I highlight have disappeared. For an example, click on my “Book Review” page and see what happened to my book titles.
Is anyone else using WordPress having this issue? Or, if it has happened and you fixed it, could you help a brother out?