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: