Why You Shouldn’t Stop Blogging (or Why You Should Consider Starting)

I have said a few times and in a few ways that I’m concerned about what seems to be a growing trend: Bloggers are shuttering their blogs and instead submitting articles to the major ministry sites. If they aren’t shuttering their blogs altogether, they are writing on them less or using them primarily as a kind of resume to link to the material they’ve written elsewhere. Please hear me: I appreciate those major ministries, I enjoy reading their sites, and …

Three Kinds of Blog (and the Future of Christian Blogging)

Near the end of 2018 I went through the long list of blogs I’ve subscribed to over the years and was both surprised and dismayed to see how many have gone dormant or closed down. By definition, these were blogs I enjoyed reading and that had proven beneficial to me. Obviously there will always be some measure of attrition, but there was so much this year that I know there must be some common factors at play. I am going …

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My Top Blogs and Bloggers of 2018

I love blogs and believe in them as a medium. I followed hundreds of them this year, scanned tens of thousands of their headlines, and both read and shared thousands of their articles. They were a great blessing to me and today I want to pause to honor a few by sharing my top blogs and bloggers of 2018. So, here, in no particular order, are my favorite blogs of 2018. I’ll begin with individuals, then move to multi-author blogs. …

Why Christians Blogs Aren’t What They Used To Be

At one time, it seemed like almost every Christian had a blog. Back in the early days of blogging, just about everybody went to Blogger or WordPress, began a free account, and tapped out their first few articles. Some quickly realized it wasn’t for them, but many others stuck it out for months or years. Those were fun days! It was a joy to “meet” new people through their writing and to be challenged by ordinary believers who felt a …

Quick Tips for Aspiring Bloggers – Three-Minute Thursdays #12

In this edition of Three-Minute Thursdays, I’m talking about blogging (perhaps one of the few things I can speak on with some authority!) and providing a few quick tips for new, weary, or aspiring bloggers. I hope you find it helpful!   Transcript Aileen: This is take 522. After sitting behind the camera for 11 episodes, Tim thought it would be a fantastic idea if I came up and did the introduction to 3 Minute Thursdays this week. So we’re …

5,000 Days

Today is my 5,000th consecutive day of blogging. A one-year challenge I began back in 2003 has somehow morphed into a 5,000-day marathon and a full-time vocation. I love what I do and am honored that I get to do it. Before I say or do anything more, please accept my gratitude for reading the site. It is your visits that continue to make it possible. A few days ago I broadcast via Facebook and Twitter that I’d be glad …

Slogging Blogging

Back in my days as a university student, I had one instructor who was, to my mind, the ultimate professor. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of his field and a deep passion for it, and knowledge plus passion is always a powerful combination. I had this professor for a couple of courses, both of them related to military history. He was and remains my all-time favorite. He liked to discuss the differences between the two world wars, and one of …

Nobody Respects a Blogger

Blogs have come a long way in a short time. Though an early form of blogging existed as early as the 90s, it was not until the early 2000s that the term became widely-used and the medium became widely-adopted. In this way blogging is still in its infancy, though some are convinced it’s also in its death throes. Most blogs exist outside the mainstream, outside the purview of the traditional gatekeepers. Political blogs do not require the approval of the …

How I Use Trello as an Editorial Calendar

Over the years I’ve found that one of the trickier parts of blogging, or any regular writing for that matter, is maintaining an editorial calendar. An editorial calendar is a means of organizing current and future writing projects to take them from conception to publication. It organizes the process of progressing from vague ideas to completed, edited, final products. After spinning my wheels for years, I eventually found an excellent solution in a software package called Trello. In what follows …

My Top 10 Bloggers of 2016

I love blogs. I followed hundreds of them this year, scanned tens of thousands of their headlines, and read thousands of their articles. They were a great blessing to me and today I want to pause to honor a few. I want to share my top 10 blogs and bloggers of 2016 and also tell you about my favorite 2016 debut. My 10 Favorite Blogs of 2016 First, here are my ten favorite blogs of 2016, the ones I most …