Sunday, July 13, 2008

#200

The counter on my blog says that this is post #200.

When I started on the blogging adventure (just less than two years ago) I never could have imagined that I would meet people from all over the world or that anybody would actually come back to read more of my rantings and raving about a wide variety of topics. I am also surprised at the number of blogs that I subscribe to and look forward to reading on a daily basis. Some are younger than my kids, some are older. Some bloggers are rock steady, everyday bloggers. Some are frequent, some not so much so. Some are political or centered around a theme. Some are quite varied. Some write about their personal life, some about their work life. Some are poetic. Some write long posts. Some posts are quite brief. Some have quit blogging for a variety of reasons. And some have been at this for years. It is an interesting Community.

My wife thinks that we are weird. I'm weird for reading what you write and you are weird for reading what I write. (This from a woman that watches Jon and Kate +8!)

I learn a lot from reading your posts and your comments. For instance, after reading Mike's post on blogging statistics, I went back to sanitize a previous post. I removed the name of the cruise line, the name of the ship and the names of the crew members. I'd hate for anybody to lose their job over something that I wrote! Maybe it's somebody's job at the cruise line to search for their name on blogs to find out what passengers are saying about their cruises. Paranoid? Maybe, but those statistics come from somewhere.

I realize that I write little to do with religion or with my beliefs. Probably not such a great trait for an evangelist. Just as I sense that my magic ministry and preaching is turning more toward stronger evangelism, I think that it will also appear more often in my writing. I hope that doesn't scare any readers away. My evangelism style is more along the lines of sharing the love of God than trying to scare the hell out of you.

In my first post, (still one of my favorites) I wrote something about writing a book. I have not written a single page but I have much more material to share thanks to you and to the experiences of life in the past two years. I actually believe that I am a more joyful person today than I was back when this blogging gig started. Maybe I'll have a few pages written by the time I hit post #300.

Thanks for reading.

John

5 comments:

Mike said...

Your going to have to write Bilbo a return letter first. I'm still analysing topics for my response.

Gooseberried said...

Thanks for writing!

Bilbo said...

I echo what gooseberried said: thanks for writing. I always enjoy your commentary, even if we aren't always on the same religious or spiritual wavelength. Oh, and I didn't get your letter finished this past weekend, darn it. Best laid plans and all that. I'm going to get it done this week for sure! All the best to you and your family. Bilbo.

Sicilian said...

I can't explain the blog world, but I think you did a very good job. I started blogging because I needed to sort out my feelings. . . . express myself. . . I thought I was wearing my mother and friends out with all my marital issues. . . . I never thought about other people reading what I wrote and then it happened . . . about the 5th post or so. . . . someone left me a comment. . . . I was hooked. . . . I don't know about you, but I feel like I am part of the bigger picture when I read a variety of information. I have learned a lot. . . . and continue to learn by reading blogs.
Congrats on your 200th post!
Ciao

Amanda said...

I sometimes think its weird too. Maybe not weird...more like bizarre, that there are people out there that actually read and leave comments on what I write. And, there are people out there that I look forward to reading about each day.

Thanks for always writing and also reading.