Thinking Out Loud

February 25, 2020

Celebrating 12 Years of Thinking Out Loud

Filed under: blogging, Christianity, writing — Tags: , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 9:35 am

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As children get older, they are less consumed with their annual birthday observance. By their late teens they are too cool to celebrate, unless the day includes the granting of a new car.

On a parallel track, the Christian world is less consumed with Christian blogs. “I never got into the blogs;” a friend shared last month, and his words speak for so many.

But about 15 years ago, attending a monthly — or every six weeks as it worked out — meeting of church planters and alternative church dreamers, the blogs were all the rage. ‘Did you read what ____________ posted on Monday?’ someone would ask.

It also became a conduit for information about books, a passion I was all too eager to engage.

My wife had a blog long before me, and then I started one in the then religion blogs corner of USAToday. It was a great way to meet other writers, too; and a few of the conversations continued over a longer time period.

Thinking Out Loud was the natural next step following a series of emails I was mailing out monthly. Truly I did this backwards: Most built a blog following and then started stressing subscriptions.

There was a fresh post every day for ten years. The Christian blogosphere was at its height for those first few years, but other platforms, particularly Twitter, dwarfed the remaining few on Blogspot or WordPress or SquareSpace. Today, I post less frequently, though I have friends who still make a point of having a daily post.

The Original Wednesday List Lynx

I think that having the Wednesday Link List carried at Christianity Today for 22 months was this blog’s greatest achievement. That, and launching its sister blog, Christianity 201.

But as I said a long time ago in another lifetime when I stepped down from writing a monthly column for Contemporary Christian Music Magazine, “It is a far better thing to make the news than to write the news. (Unfortunately today, as Wednesday Connect testifies on an almost weekly basis, too many are making the news for the wrong reasons; but that is another topic.)

Moving forward, Thinking Out Loud will still be here. It’s nice to be able to weigh in on Christianity and culture, but I no longer feel compelled to weigh in on every issue. Plus, Twitter provides an opportunity to keep in touch on an hour-by-hour basis if something breaks. If you’re not on it, sign up and follow a few key people, even if you never Tweet anything yourself.

The next most natural evolution in my online ministry life has been Reddit. I’m not very active, but it’s nice to know when you start to type something that you are answering a specific question asked by a specific person. I urge you all to drop by the subReddit “Christianity,” as I did for a full year before joining.

Thanks to all of you who read this for your continued support. As  Queen Elizabeth might say, “I hereby declare the 13th year of Thinking Out Loud officially open.”

How the blog appears on other planets.

1 Comment »

  1. Congratulations and thank you – it has been a lot of fun – and a great way to stay aware that not every Christian thinks and acts the same way

    Comment by Jeff — February 25, 2020 @ 8:28 pm


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