Thinking Out Loud

February 23, 2013

And Then We Were Five

Filed under: blogging — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 7:07 am

Have I really been doing this for five years?  Apparently.

What do I want as a birthday present?  More comments.

Why am I using this awkward question and answer format?  I have no idea.

Blog AnniversarySo here we are at the five year mark. Marks for consistency, right? Like the student whose marks are influenced by the fact they had perfect attendance. But an exercise in consistency and personal discipline isn’t a bad thing, right?

Generally, although it is a lot of work some weeks, I am really happy that I launched Thinking Out Loud all those years ago. I have met some of the greatest people, been encouraged to read some of the most interesting books, have been kept abreast of some of the most bizarre religious news stories, and mostly, I have been forced to think about things that I might have never considered.

And then there’s Christianity 201, which is very much a part of the Thinking Out Loud story. If you have trouble maintaining a steady Bible study and devotional habit, then start a Bible study and devotional blog. Seriously. Even if nobody shows up to read, it is its own reward; which I realized last week when an hour’s worth of research and quote-pasting disappeared completely. It was frustrating, but I knew that time was primarily for me, and that perhaps the full text I had prepared was never meant to be seen by the blog readership.

So while we don’t have cake and ice cream, I hope you’ll take some time today to pick a few blogs and websites from the list that appears on the right sidebar here every day, and pay a visit to some of my online friends and acquaintances.  (Just keep coming back, as they don’t open in new windows.)

5th Anniversary Reader Testimonial*

I was suffering from a case of general malaise and, punctuation issues and was several weeks between jobs and just not very happy. Then I started reading Thinking Out Loud. I noticed an unquantifiable change began to take place as I was reading. Within the next five days I was able to get a job and even though my new employer may not be operating legally, my malaise disappeared and was replaced by a blissful feeling of indifference, which I believe is better.  So I wrote to you and you told me to write this testimonial and to embellish the facts a little.~ B. R.

*an actual reader response from an actual reader which we made up ourselves.

So there you have it.

And I believe that reader speaks for all of you.

Archives: Jeff Larson’s The Back Pew has appeared many times at this blog, but this was not only the first cartoon, but the first graphic.  Apparently it took me a month to add pictures, it appeared on March 22nd, 2008 and it’s been here so long the page is starting to yellow:

Jeff Larson - The Back Pew

Special Shoutouts:   Clark, Cynthia, Martin & Nancy, Cloudwatcher, Regent Jon; and everyone else who comments and sends link suggestions — Thanks! You know who you are!  To Ruth (aka Mrs. W.) thanks for the typo spotting and transcribing.

Finally: For those feeling disappointed that there’s no actual content here today, or certainly nothing new, we want to introduce you to Derek The Cleric.   (I had a hard time choosing which panel to include!) Be sure to check out his website and Facebook page.

Derek The Cleric - Pope Envy


  1. I will have cake and ice cream in your honor!

    I loved your perspective when you lost your study notes to the black pit of the internet…like Ezra who continued to study the Word of God even though there was no place to act as priest at that time…be faithful and the reward is in the doing, not the results of the doing.

    Thank you so much for your blog. It makes me “Think Out Loud” too.

    Comment by Cynthia Clarke — February 23, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    • Thanks for being such a faithful reader. Some night we’ll arrange for my wife and I to stand on the north shore of Lake Ontario and scream really loudly to see if you can hear us on south shore. On second thought, there might be better ways to use that time.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — February 23, 2013 @ 11:38 pm

      • I thank God that we are both on the same spiritual journey, both heading to the same “home” and that one day we can think out loud together!

        Comment by Cynthia Clarke — February 24, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

  2. Congratulations on your 5 years!
    Right click and open link in new window saves the original page for anyone who prefers to keep a page open. Particularly useful for gravatar links, where you might wish to logout! Sue

    Comment by suesconsideredtrifles — February 23, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    • Thank you! I think most people know the right click trick, but it’s too bad it’s not set up as the default for blogrolls.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — February 23, 2013 @ 11:39 pm

  3. Happy Birthday Paul, your blog is one of my favorites, and the Wed Link list is what I look foremost into reading every week. I appreciate all that you do for Christ and you are a great blessing to me personally – Darrell

    Comment by darrellcreswell — February 23, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

  4. I am grateful for your diligence, Paul, and I am challenged by your perseverance (and, in honor of your milestone, I used capitals in this comment).

    Comment by randy morgan — February 23, 2013 @ 2:31 pm

    • randy… capital letters… what can I say? in honor of your sacrifice I’m writing back in lower case (mostly — do you capitalize ‘i’ … can’t remember)

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — February 23, 2013 @ 11:41 pm

  5. Congrats on five years of blogging.

    Comment by Isabel — February 23, 2013 @ 10:48 pm

    • My local readers keep me honest. It’s easy to be somebody else when you’re writing for a worldwide audience, but when people know you and you’re accountable to them (at some level) it’s a whole different story.

      Thanks for reading.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — February 23, 2013 @ 11:42 pm

  6. Congratz on 5 fruitful years!! May many more follow, God willing. :-) (tanx 4 the shout-out 2!!)

    Comment by Flagrant Regard — February 24, 2013 @ 12:23 am

  7. Wow! I’m the seventh commenter. Maybe you should have more anniversaries (I hope so!)
    Happy anniversary and thank you for so much good and helpful reading.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — February 26, 2013 @ 7:17 pm

  8. […] our fifth birthday, we introduced you to Derek the Cleric. We had a tough time that day choosing between two cartoons […]

    Pingback by Wednesday Link List | Thinking Out Loud — March 6, 2013 @ 5:50 am

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