Yesterday, this blog passed a milestone of sorts. It reached 1,000,000 hits. While I don’t know how many “unique visitors” have visited the blog, all I know is that I’m thankful for those that:
- read & share this blog w/ others
- comment and engage in conversation
- pray for me, my family, & ministry
- contributed to the vision of One Day’s Wages
- and – generally – journeyed with me.
It still amazes me how many folks I’ve randomly met through my travels that walk up and say, “Thanks for your blog.” Well, thank y’all for reading my vomitaceous reflections of this one person seeking understanding in God’s larger narrative.
I started blogging regularly in the summer of 2006 and am thankful for the blog’s wide, diverse, and growing “audience” and community. My blogging covers numerous topics including Christianity, Religion, Justice Issues, Non-Profits, Global Poverty, Technology, Social Media, Culture, Current News, Politics, Humor, and everything in between.
If you haven’t read this already, here are the reasons WHY I BLOG.
People often ask me, “How I blog?”
I have two guiding principle in blogging: Topical Tiers & Time.
I have three Tiers of Topics:
- Faith, Christianity, Leadership, Ministry, Social Justice
- Cultural Exegesis (incl. Pop Culture, Politics, Music, Films, Technology), Social Media, Humanitarian Efforts
- Family and Random Stuff
So, I know that most folks read my blog regularly because of Tier 1 and the majority of my writing focuses on those topics. However, I think it’s good and healthy to write about other stuff so Tier 2 focuses on other things I enjoy and care about. Even though I’m a pastor, my interests go beyond what others assume pastors only care about. And while I’m discerningly guarded about Tier 3, I also enjoy sharing about my family life, dreams and struggles, and the occasional awkward expression of my humor.
Asides from topical tiers, my blogging has a TIME rhythm. I attempt to blog nearly every day except Sunday. Because time is an important commodity in my life and there are other things that demand my attention and affection, I give myself “time limits” on my blogging. If I write six entries a week, I devote 1 hour to one post, 30 minutes to 2 posts, 15 minutes to 3 posts, and the occasional post that just takes 5-10 minutes. Interestingly, I’ve learned to write very quickly! And while I read every single comment, I probably respond to a handful of comments. While I like to stay engaged, I find that what I very much enjoy is setting the table…and seeing who comes to eat and the conversation/dialogue that takes place.