You say it’s your birthday. Well, it’s my birthday, too, yeah!
Twelve months ago today, overflowing with content from an e-mail newsletter, I launched Thinking Out Loud. I chose the rather drab, gray theme for this because of its wide margin. Content over aesthetics. I didn’t realize that locked me into a teeny tiny type size, and didn’t know how to fix it. Didn’t know how to add pictures. Didn’t know how to approve comments.
Plus, I figured I wouldn’t write anything; I’d just use a huge backlog of articles I’d developed in other places for other reasons. Boy, did I get that one wrong. As every Israelite knows, the manna doesn’t stay fresh for long.
I also figured I’d read more stuff online, but didn’t realize that other bloggers would spur me on to read more books as well. Do I get a diploma for doing this? A little academic credit perhaps?
I did figure out enough HTML to get this to a bigger type size; started adding a graphic or picture or some other visual to every post; but opted, for the sake of those on dial up, not to embed videos, but just link to them. I’d still like to learn CSS, but enough on that topic since one of the goals of this blog is NOT to discuss gadgets or the technology itself. (If this blog were a band, we would not do songs about life on the road.)
I think I did my best writing on other peoples’ blogs, though; carefully weighing whether my motive was just to get my link on theirs, or whether I truly had something unique or passionate to add to the discussion. While I hate to cross-post things written elsewhere, and hate to steal topics; I’ll try to bring more of those subjects back home to this blog in the new year, without sacrificing the crazy T-shirts or the cartoons.
Our two biggest “draws” here — spiking the daily numbers really high — were the bankruptcy of R. G. Mitchell, a large Canadian book distributor and chain of retail stores; and anything to do with Robert Schuller and the Crystal Cathedral. In the past year I also put my book online using a blog template; started a blog for Canadian Christian bookstore owners; continued using a blog page — with a single post — to update Christian community events and started a blog dealing with local issues in the community where I live (which actually consists mostly of rants!)
We joined the growing Alltop aggregator and thereby met even more writers and were introduced to a new world of readers. Don’t forget that there are THREE Alltop sites of interest to you:
- Christianity is the one we’re on
- Modern Church contains a lot of our friends
- Religion is a catchall which contains a wide mix of bloggers
I’m also thankful for the bloggers who’ve engaged discussion and offered encouragement offline such as Jim Lehmer at Lord I Believe; Anne Jackson at Flowerdust; Pete Wilson at Without Wax; Jeff Goins at Wrecked for the Ordinary; and Dave Fisher at Pilgrim Scribblings. (too many to link — see blogroll at right)
And Happy Birthday to Abraham Piper at 22 Words who celebrated his first anniversary just a day before ours!
I also need to thank my wife and family, who endure requests like “How do you spell…?” and “Can you guys stop using bandwidth for a minute?” and general explosions when either my computer or the one at WordPress isn’t doing what has “always worked before.”
I’ve added a new page yesterday, it’s called Keys To Taking Your Quantum Leap, aka Christianity & Quantum Physics. It’s actually an e-mail forward that has gone viral in the last few days; just for those of you who don’t have a lot of “Forward friends.” I also added a page for pastors that will change every few months; it kicked off with a collection of four posts from pastor Perry Noble.
I also want to thank Rick (see today’s previous post) for writing me this morning and reminding me what can happen online if we submit ourselves to the leading of God’s Spirit.
As the body of Christ, we can accomplish more together than we can alone; and the internet allows us the opportunity to celebrate what each other is doing; to be infomed as to what’s going on in the Christian faith community; and to be inspired to pursue excellence in all we do.
660 posts, and 20,000 page views (at this new address) later, thank you for reading and sharing and encouraging.