Eugene Cho

blogging: looking back this past year

If you can’t tell already, I enjoy blogging.  After couple failed attempts, I started blogging regularly in July 2006.  It’s instant publishing without having to go through book proposals and such…although I still am in love with ‘print.’  By now, most of you know why I blog and in the near future, I’ll share with you ‘how I blog.‘  

But as I look back on this past year, I realized what a l…o…n…g  year it was.  There were some stuff I blogged about I had forgotten happened this year.  But since it’s the season to look back, I put together a list of my “I’m Glad I Wrote This” posts and a second list of stuff that made me laugh.  Amongst other stuff, two important things that make a good blog are 1] content and 2] comments/community.  I’ve tried to do my part to share honest, engaging, and some substantive content and you’ve certainly done your part to build the community through your comments.  

Thank you.

In no particular order, here’s a list of some of my “I’m Glad I wrote this” posts.  Feel free to share stuff you’ve written

  • Loudly Fighting Poverty: Reason why Minhee and I chose to go public with our poverty initiative. This has been the source of most of the criticism I’ve received this year. Just trying to live out our convictions as humbly and passionately as we can.
  • Let’s Kiss and Make Up:  Presidential elections are over. Time to kiss, reconcile, and work together.
  • What is your Car Porn? We all struggle with some sort of porn, right? I like cars.
  • How I’m Voting:  Umm, pretty self explanatory.  Rather than focusing on people or parties, shared some stuff about issues…  Wished some individuals didn’t leave the church though.
  • The Abortion Conversation:  I just copied and pasted and let folks share…and share they did.
  • I like Sarah Palin but Not in that Way:  Strange how many people emailed me because of this post and how many people chose to remove me as their “friend” on Facebook.  Those darn liberals are funny sometimes. 🙂
  • My Slanted Eyes are Beautiful:  I have to include at least one post on Race, Racism and Racialization.  This occurred smack in the middle of the Olympics.  
  • My Pastor is a Janitor:  Not too many comments but enjoyed writing and sharing about our church’s custodian who happens to be a pastor of another church.  
  • Stay at Home Dads are Safe From Hell:  Trying to go to bat for those men that stay at home to take care of their kids.  I still owe a sequel to this post.
  • My Conversation with Rob Bell:  Had a conversation about ‘women and leadership’ with Rob Bell without actually talking to him.  Can’t believe this took place this past year.
  • The Hope in S. C. Chapman’s Family Tragedy:  One of the most read posts.  Eventually wrote an article for the Seattle Post Intelligencer on the [hope in the midst of] tragedy.
  • Ultimate Fighting Jesus:  While people are afraid of the emasculation of men, I’m more afraid of the ‘what.the.hell.are.you.doing.sculation’ of Jesus.  But that’s just me.
  • Church, Gay Marriage, and Prop 8:  Again, sometimes it’s just best to give people a venue to have respectful conversations and step aside.

Here’s my Top 5 Off-Topic Posts:

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8 Responses

  1. Michelle says:

    Eugene, I have enjoyed reading your blog so much this past year. Some posts I agree with some, not and some others make me think more deeply about what I believe. Thanks for your time and hard work and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  2. Great stuff…I can’t believe you can write so much…well done!

  3. Tom says:

    You’re doing something important and different here.

    Who knows how long you’ll be in the zone, but I’d encourage you to keep it up online while you can.

    Courageous creative bursts do so much good in the long run.

    I’d just like a little more attention on your part to leading the online community you’re creating.

  4. Rachel says:

    A few of the links to previous posts can’t be found. I just stumbled on your blog tonight. Very cool.

  5. eugenecho says:

    @rachel: sorry. i think i got’em fixed.

    @tom: regarding ‘more attention’: yeah, i should but on some days, it’s just tough.

  6. jan owen says:

    Eugene, I initially came to your blog because of a post you wrote very eloquently on women in ministry or even the attitudes towards women in the church. Your “conversation” with Rob Bell spoke deeply to me. I have often told men in leadership that it is not enough that they “don’t oppose” and “allow” (a term i hate) women to be in leadership and ministry. Men MUST be the ones that speak out and lead the way for women in the church and perhaps most of all, address the pride and prejudice and hurtful attitudes that exist within the church. The church is the last place with – if we are honest – sanctioned sexism. This issue must be addressed and it is not enough that women speak out, men must lead the way.

    Can I just say that I appreciate you Eugene? I don’t know you. I may never meet you. But you have given me hope for the future of the church and I thank you for the encouragement you have given me through your attitudes and writing.

    I wrote this post about my dream for the church:
    http://aworshipfulheart.typepad.com/a_worshipful_heart/2008/11/wrapping-it-up-why-i-care-so-much.html

  7. eugenecho says:

    @jan: thanks for the kind and encouraging words. glad to know we are serving christ together…

  8. gracerules says:

    Eugene – I just got involved in the blogging community in 2008 and have thoroughly enjoyed your blog. I have you on my blogroll (your actually the first on the list due to it being alphabetical) so that I can easily check out your posts and in hopes that others will find your blog. I enjoy your writing, your content and the community that meets here. Good luck in the future and keep up the good work. – Liz @ gracerules

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Sadly, I have witnessed this reality in too many places. ​In 2012, I traveled to a remote area in Eastern Kenya as part of a @onedayswages response to a famine that struck the Horn of Africa region. This famine impacted nearly 13 million people and according to some sources, took the lives of about 250,000 people. During my trip there, I had the chance of meeting many people but the person that still remains in my memory was a Muslim woman named Sahara.

She was so hospitable in inviting us to her small and temporary home. During our conversation, I learned that ​Sahara traveled 300 kilometers (a little under 200 miles) – some by cart and some by foot – as they sought to escape the worst drought that has impacted East Africa (Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia) in the past 60 years.

This is not a misprint.
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She traveled about 200 miles on cart and foot. ​And all along, she was ill. If you look closely ​at the photo, you might notice the large lump in her throat - likely a large cancerous tumor.​ She did not travel alone. She traveled with her husband who I was not able to meet because he was staying with one of his five other wives in this polygamist community.  She did not travel alone. She also traveled with her six children – the youngest being about 1 and the oldest being around 8. She had just given birth to her sixth child when they began her journey. Her youngest was severely malnourished when they arrived to this new settlement in a town called Benane. 
Sahara and her children all survived this journey. They survived because she persisted. 
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