Happy for 100,000 hits

This blog passed a milestone today. It recorded hit number 100,000. That is a big number, but not very big in the blogosphere for a blog that has been up and running this long. Still, I would be lying to say I have not been watching the count climb to that point.

One of the most curious things about writing a religiously themed blog and being a part-time pastor is the conflict between the two roles. A lot of the most interesting things in my faith are not fair game for the blog. Much of what happens that is interesting and illuminating is also confidential.

I think sometimes this leads the blog to be too intellectual and as a consequence – as I am poorly trained theologically and only an amateur intellectual – somewhat trivial. My musings about doctrine and dredging up little gems from my collected works of Wesley hardly advance the work of Christ in the world.

The point of all this rambling is that I’ve been wrestling with the nature of the blog. Should it be more personal? Would being more personal somehow violate other commitments? Is the time I spend on it better spent on other things?

I do not know.

I do, however, appreciate those who read the blog and those who comment. Thank you.

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7 thoughts on “Happy for 100,000 hits

  1. “I think sometimes this leads the blog to be too intellectual and as a consequence – as I am poorly trained theologically and only an amateur intellectual – somewhat trivial. My musings about doctrine and dredging up little gems from my collected works of Wesley hardly advance the work of Christ in the world.”

    John… you underestimate yourself. Keep up the good work.

  2. John,

    I struggle with the same thing. Blogging about my church experience is difficult. I’ve got some juicy stuff, but I tend to sterilize it just in case any of my church members (present or future) ever read it. That tends to swing it towards intellectual. I have been trying to put a more playful spin to my posts lately to compensate. I’m trying to let my natural voice shine through more.

    Amazingly, though, people read my blog! It may not be many, but along the way, I have received some great comments and emails from a few people who have actually found my posts helpful. That always makes it easier to write the next post!

    So, allow me to be a comment of encouragement. I am responsible for several of your hits on the way to 100k. I enjoy your posts. Be yourself, and write on! I’m reading 🙂

    Out of curiosity, do you have one or two posts that see a lot more activity than others?

    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Dan.

      Anytime I write about homosexuality in the church I get a lot of hits, but the No. 1 post of all time is one I wrote about the Bible and using the analogy of a telescope. Every day I get several hits on that one from people searching the word “telescope” on search engines. Since it is an older post, it has racked up quite a readership – not that I think most people who hit it are looking for what I wrote.

  3. I think you have found a good balance. Above all don’t get into the “educated people know best” syndrome. The Bible and Wesley are pretty good places to start.

    I don’t read every post, partly because I don’t get by every day but also because some topics don’t ring my bell. You still have enough to challenge my thinking to keep me coming back.

    Grace and Peace.

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