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I rarely get sick, but this morning I woke up at the way-too-early hour of 3:00 to find myself aching, coughing and oozing. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised since this is prime Canadian cold season and each of the people who live under this roof have already had a visit from the bug. I spent the hours before the sun rose watching reruns of the now defunct Mike Bullard Show and other mindless shows and am now trying to make something of my day. I tried writing and it just plain didn’t work, so instead I present you with a Blog-About – links to some other good things that are happening in the blogosphere.

Jollyblogger is tackling the 5 points of Calvinism and has begun an introductory study. He is an able teacher and I’m sure he will present them very well.

Rebecca lists the top ten reasons to live in the Yukon. To me it is about as effective as listing the top ten reasons to have a lobotomy. I love Canada, but am content to stay in the more southern parts of this great nation. Still, I guess it might not hurt to experience ice fog just once…

TulipGirl has a link to an investigative report on the preposterous teachings of Gary Ezzo. It wouldn’t hurt to familiarize yourself with the man and his Babywise teachings since you are sure to run across it sooner or later if you spend enough time in the church.

Leslie is blogging her way through Tozer’s excellent little book The Pursuit of God. If you don’t have the book, you really ought to. Grab yourself a copy and read along with Leslie!

And finally, I continue to consider BlogExplosion and am near the point where I can draw conclusions. I think it is safe to say, though, that it really drives very little meaningful traffic. There is no incentive to actually read or look at the content of a site other than giving the surfer something to do for 30 seconds. Furthermore, there are just too many blogs that are uninteresting, so even if one does take the time to read it is likely the site will pose no interest. This second problem will likely be resolved as the numbers of users grow and surfers are given the ability to filter the sites they see (beyond the current “bad word” filter – they will add a topical one). At this point I have had somewhere a little north of 2000 visitors from BlogExplosion (I spent $9 on credits just for the sake of the experiment) and have seen no noticeable increase in commenters in the forums – the only real measure I can have other than the numbers that visit. So my evaluation so far is that BlogExplosion is a great idea, but one that is flawed, perhaps beyond fixing.

And now I’m going to go catch a few Z’s before home church!

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