Eugene Cho

2007 blog review

This past year was my first full year blogging.  After sporadic and pathetic attempts in years past, I took the plunge midway through 2006.  It began with a post or two per week and now, I try to post daily Monday-Friday [like a good blog disciple of Scot McKnight].  In fact, I’ve carved out 11.30-Midnight each night for blogging unless circumstances come up.   While the blog is accomplishing the below mentioned “purposes,” it has also taken a life of its own…I appreciate those who’ve chosen to journey with me through this venue.  If you’re relatively new to the blog, you can subscribe to it here.

In retrospect, I wished I chose to blog faithfully much earlier.  It would have been valuable – even now – for myself [and perhaps for others] to see some of my earlier vomitaceous thoughts. 

Noteworthy Posts  [and comments]:

  • Fight Poverty [I would consider this my heart poured out as I [and my wife] wrestle with privilege, stewardship, generosity and revealing our family’s vision to give away this year’s salary to help fight global poverty.]
  • Racism Sucks [Why doesn’t the body of Christ discuss this more?]
  • Prayer for Korean-American Hostages in Afghanistan [One post ended up becoming a 40day+ vigil; was read over 10,000x and connected me to missionaries around the world.]
  • The Gay Conversation [What more do I have to write?  It was easily the most intense dialogue with 320+ comments.  This is a must read – not because of the post but because of the comments.]
  • One Church [The story of the Quest merger with Interbay and how it encouraged many people]
  • Jesus, I’m Sorry I’m Not a Real Man [It means what it says…I think this may be one of my personal favorites.]
  • Making Sense of Virginia Tech [Emotionally painful and raw; Traffic to this entry the day after the shootings went crazy.]

Random Nonsense Posts that for whatever reason got responses:  Please Stop Dancing [Glad to know that we have some readers from the ’80s and fans of Rick Astley.]; Heroes the TV show [Who knew people loved their TV so much?]

Simple Questions:

This blog disappointed thousands and thousand of people this year…  Any guess what they searched for?  What are couple of your favorite blogs and/or sites you visit daily?  Please don’t say I Can Has Cheezburger!

Three I visit regularly amongst several:  New York Times and/or Seattle Times, DealNews, and numerous bloggers [most listed on the side of my blog] via the Google Reader.

I blog regularly for various reasons:

  1. To process some of my own thoughts, struggles, and dreams.  Most of these are just my vomitaceous thoughts.
  2. To connect with my faith community.  While I am the primary teacher at Quest, I discovered a growing disconnect with the church – particularly as the church grew larger.  This blog is another way to connect with this community.
  3. To connect with others in Seattle – both secular and christian.  When people ask me where I pastor, I honestly think to myself [and sometimes respond]: “I pastor the greater Seattle area.”  You’d be surprised at the number of people that have randomly come up to me and said, “I know you through your blog.”
  4. To add my voice to the blogosphere and particularly those who share similar interests.  I enjoy reading other people’s blogs but sometimes it feels suffocating because like many things, it’s dominated by White Men.  Nothing against my white male brothers but I felt compelled to add my voice to the collective and to hopefully inspire others to raise up their voices.
  5. For better or worse [meaning: learn from my mistakes], be a mentor to younger pastors and leaders – particularly to churchplanters, Asian-American pastors, and those who wrestle with their sense of ecclesiology in a fast changing postmodern and postchurch world.  I’m 37 and need to stop dorking around and do my part before I croak and die in another 37.
  6. To record my journey – so that one day, my kids can read about the journeys of their old man.  I really really want my kids to grow up thinking that their father was at least a little hip.  Seriously, I hope wordpress doesn’t go defunct anytime soon.

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14 Responses

  1. elling says:

    Hi Eugene,

    I started reading your blog this autumn and really appreciate it. It makes sense all the way up to Norway:-) Especially appreciated the posts about fighting poverty.

  2. Randall says:

    “vomitaceous” is a great word…I’m going to use that one of these days.

    As for favorite websites, it’s not updated enough (usually once or twice per week) but I love the articles posted at http://www.thunderstruck.org – always interesting stories that relate to christianity in some way.

    wired.com is also a daily read

    as is http://www.macminute.com (I’ll probably get flamed for this but I wonder if the Seattle Center fireworks would have worked if it had been run on a Mac).

  3. Wayne Park says:

    I know what they searched for… did it have anything to do w/VA Tech?
    WHY WUTZ WRONGZ WIDZ I CAN HAS CHEEZEBURGR?? I LUB DEM KITTIEZZ…

  4. BUSH says:

    found your blog today…really like your stuff. i look forward to reading in 2008.
    blessings,
    bush

  5. e cho says:

    randall: it’s so convenient to blame it on the computer, no? your blog is becoming one of my favorite reads but c’mon man, does each entry have to be a novel?

    wayne: va tech – nope.

  6. BK says:

    Eugene,
    Thanks for your ministry via this blog. I’ve really enjoyed reading and wrestling through some of your entries. Have a great year.

  7. Andrew C. says:

    Must reads for me: ESPN, NY Times, Al Jazeera, BBC, Rolling Stones, and Wired.

  8. Rebecca says:

    I luv da kittehs and Randall’s novels!

    I appreciate the time you devote to your blog in addition to all of the other teaching and work that you do. There have been some great conversations and words that have challenged and encouraged me.

    Maybe someday I too can reach the level of regular blogging instead of the sporadic bursts of randomness I produce.

  9. Pat says:

    Eugene, I am surprised that you’ve only been blogging for a year. This is easily one of my favorites, and even though I read from a feedreader (netvibes), I’m frequently – nearly always – clicking through to check out the discussion here.

    I think you’re doing a great job with the tricky subjects, and I love your voice.

    Other blogs I read religiously: ussmariner.com, toddhiestand.com, strobist.blogspot.com, diyphotography.net, jasonclark.ws, rosemadridswetman.com, mashable.com

  10. James T. says:

    I respect how you’ve carved out time for your blogging. It’s definitely a discipline to be able to journal in some manner or form. I want to add my thanks to others for your blog. I don’t agree with everything you write but that’s not the point, right. I hear another voice and so, I appreciate your voice.

  11. paul merrill says:

    Thanks for what you do.

    I came across your blog via about 3 links away from someone you know. (Isn’t the blog-o-sphere great?)

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  13. Peggy says:

    Eugene,

    I have been happy to connect with you through Jesus Creed and have always appreciated your perspective. Love the vocabulary! Vomitrocious will have to be added to putrescent in my favorites ;^)

    I just began blogging in October…it is a very good exercise. I just wish there was more time to read other blogs. I try to keep up with my sidebar group, but it is challenging!

    Joining you in trying to add other voices to the conversations….

  14. Blueple says:

    ehh… bookmarked🙂

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While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

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