One of the fun things about Google Reader is that it tracks what you’re actually reading and what you’re just marking as read with the click of the button. Here are some of the blogs that I’ve been reading over the last 30 days, in the format (Blog, Read #, Read % – description):
- Lifehacker, 226, 38% – Productivity and general “hacks” for life
- I Can Has Cheezburger, 174, 100% – Funny pictures of cats with captions
- Mark Batterson, 48, 94% – Pastor of NCC, Author of In a Pit With a Lion
- Seth Godin, 39, 100% – Marketing
- Smashing Magazine, 35, 100% – Design and creativity
- Dilbert Daily Strip, 27, 90% – My favorite comic, by Scott Adams
- The Plow, 17, 100% – Art/Creativity for Church Leaders
- Website Gallery, 14, 100% – Thumbnails of good website design
- Peter King, 11, 92% – Football News/Insights
- Church Relevance, 10, 100% – Church and culture
- atteSmythe’s Cantankerous, 9, 100% — A long-time friend
- Gmail Blog, 9, 90% – Official blog for Gmail development/announcements
- Jaime’s Journal, 6, 100% — My wife’s blog
- The Dash in Between, 4, 100% — My sister’s blog
I didn’t include our church staff/members blogs, except for my wife’s. I also only included those blogs that I read 90% or more of posts, or read over 100 posts in the last 30 days. In total, I’m subscribed to about 60 blogs/RSS feeds.
Mark Batterson and Seth Godin have been most influential on how I think and process information. Smashing Magazine, The Plow and a few others not listed have influenced my design ideas for ministry. Lifehacker has turned me on to some great software tools and living tips. I Can Has Cheezburger is just plain funny, but not everyone gets why. I honestly thought it would lose the hilarity long before now, but it hasn’t.
I must admit, when I started this journey, I wasn’t sure I’d actually make it this far. As I said in my very first post (which was actually posted on my TypePad blog, a for-pay competitor to the for-free WordPress), I didn’t consider myself an avid blogger at the time, but figured I should give it a serious go again after at least 2 failed attempts on Live Journal. Some interesting stats on my first 200 posts:
Top Posts (Views)
- NYMC: Day 2 (113)
- NYMC: Day 3 (Abridged) (97)
- Hopening The Heavens (83)
- Pseudo-Christian (77)
- Fantasy Idol: The Contestants (75)
Top Search Terms (Views)
- birthday (86)
- beautiful places (35)
- earth today (29)
- fantasy idol (25)
- neil diamond christian (16)
Top Referrers (Views)
- firsttrinity.com/staff.htm (230)
- firsttrinity.com (227)
In celebration of the 200th post, I’ve updated the blog layout and design, moving from my original 2-column theme to a 3-column one. If you’re reading in an RSS Reader or Email, you’ll need to visit the actual site to see the changes.
Next big milestone: 500 posts, predicted at my current rate (.93 posts/day) to happen on February 16, 2009, one day after my Mom’s birthday. My bet is I get there sooner. Leave your guess in the comments and we’ll see how I do! I’m going with Dec. 15 (and I promise not to drive up the post-count to get there!).
My Joshua Men’s Group got together this past Saturday at Panera Bread to study Hebrews 6:13-20. The section in the NIV is titled “The Certainty of God’s Promise.” We got into a discussion about which 5 promises we would pick to hold onto. I’ll be sharing mine over the next week or so.
It was hard to pick just 5 as my favorites. I searched online and through my Bible software and came up with a list of about 35-40 that immediately jumped out at me. I narrowed that list down to 10, then ranked them. Honorable mention goes to the following:
- Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
- 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
- John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
- Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
- Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.
The Top Five: