Thinking Out Loud

February 23, 2010

Thinking Out Loud — Two Year Anniversary

Filed under: blogging — Tags: , , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 5:15 am

Wow!   It’s hard to believe it’s been two years.

I’m typing this for the second time, because WordPress, up to its old tricks, decided to stop auto-saving everything I was typing for the last 15 minutes.   At least this time it might be more concise.

Thinking Out Loud began the same week as two other blogs, 22 Words and Stuff Christians Like.   Both of them are somewhat viral by comparison with this.    It’s taught me the difference between starting out by having a platform and working hard toward gaining a platform.

It’s also interesting to note that — as far as Canada is concerned — each day, I get to speak to six times as many adults than half of all pastors here see on Sunday morning.

Still, it’s lamentable that comments are down, not just here but everywhere.   Internet literacy has been reduced to 140-character Twitter remarks and even fewer-character Facebook updates.     Building readership in the second year has been a lot tougher than the first year was,  and apparently it’s going to get harder.

It seems that Google has just announced that it will add weight to the page ratings it gives blogs that use interactive elements, such as embedded videos from YouTube, a company that it just happens to own.   This blog, in deference to the many people out there on dial-up access, doesn’t embed videos, though my book industry blog — mostly read by people at work — uses several each week.

I also want to continue to make this a blog for the ‘spiritual commoner.’   That’s the person who feels he or she has a real contribution to make to the life of their church, Christian fellowship or broader community, but isn’t as resourced as today’s modern pastor who, already equipped with both an undergrad and graduate degree, is still taking courses and jetting off to conferences.   Uh… when do they have time to do the actual pastoring?

So with a mix of opinions, devotional pieces, breaking Christian news, I will soldier on until I run out of things to say.   I want to thank all of you for your comments — both on and off the blog — and for the sense of community I get each week from you while doing this.  Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for after a time we will reap a harvest of blesssings, provided we are faithful and don’t give up.

If you’re ever about an hour east of Toronto, Canada, I’m available for coffee any weekday except Tuesday.

… To celebrate I was going to do a radical overhaul of this blog’s theme, only to discover that I’m using the widest possible space available from WordPress, and any other theme would have seriously chopped some of the photo images.  So here’s a tribute to a few of the blogs with the same name as this one who have better graphics:

Read how it all started in the one-year anniversary post.



  1. happy birthday, paul!

    beware…i often find myself agreeing with you wholeheartedly. i join you in lamenting the demise of conversation.

    i check in daily and, even though i am a pastor (albeit without the advanced degree), i appreciate your contribution to the conversation. keep fighting the good fight!

    Comment by randy morgan — February 23, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    • I really appreciate the pastors and church leaders who take the time to read this online or subscribe. I don’t know everyone but there are a couple of names that truly amaze me, considering how busy a pastor’s life is.

      Thanks again. (Hope you get that shift key fixed soon, too!!!)

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — February 23, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

  2. You may be encouraged to know that yours is the only blog I continue to read at all. It is not because others are somehow unworthy of my attention, but yours touches the right balance of humor and thought for me. Two years is a long time to continue anything that is voluntary! I carried my first blog for a year and a half and switched to a private blog for those I personally minister to (or have ministered to and with) about 4 months ago. But if you combine the two of them, I hit my two year mark in January. My new blog has comments disabled since people usually see me on Sunday or write to me on facebook if they want to say something about my posts. In any case, I am glad you are going to continue. I think you have a niche on the net.

    Comment by Cynthia — February 24, 2010 @ 9:38 am

  3. what is a shift key?

    Comment by randy morgan — February 24, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    • Ha ha! For everybody else, check out Randy’s blog in the blogroll under Blogs: Your Best Life Later.

      I know a few bloggers who blog exclusively in lower case and I’m willing to bet they all had high school English classes that included the poetry of e.e. cummings.

      BTW, e.e. cummings was born Unitarian but drifted towards a more theistic view of things as seen in the Wikipedia article about him which contains this poem:

      i thank You God for most this amazing
      day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
      and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
      which is natural which is infinite which is yes

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — February 24, 2010 @ 11:50 am

  4. Congratulations Paul, keep up with your writing and thinking. I read via RSS- Google Reader, so commenting is extra effort, but check into almost every entry you write, which beats almost every one of my other 90 feeds, except Mark Bertrands Bible Design and binding…

    Comment by brian-Toronto — February 24, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    • Thanks for the comment and the interesting diversion. Never saw that site before.

      For everyone else, it’s

      BTW, I’m never too sure how quickly the RSS feed goes out, but for the first fifteen minutes after publishing, I’m usually busy correcting all the grammatical errors, missing words and spelling mistakes!

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — February 24, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

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