2012 in review

WordPress.com stats engine prepared a 2012 annual report for my blog.

Overall it was a much slower year than 2011 with ess than half the number of posts. This was mainly due to a major upset that occurred in January of 2012. I wanted to allow some time to think through the events before writing about them. The problem was that I spent a lot of time thinking about that and little else. After January 16 2013, it will be a year since I received the news and I think that’s enough space to start discussing and processing my observations and learning from. I’ll be writing about ethnic ministry in Australia, church culture (not ethnic, sociological and theological), leadership and polity in independent churches (and how they recruit pastoral staff), and will also look at some things I’ve learned (and trying! to put into practice) about preaching after doing it for more than 20 years.

Here’s an excerpt of the WordPress Report:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Compare it to the 2011 in review

Why blog

Everyone has a different reason for why they chose to use an internationally public forum to air their thoughts. For me, I have summarised my motivation on my “About” page:

I love Jesus and the Bible. I believe and teach that the Bible is God’s real word about Jesus (who was a real man and very God of very God) and how he came to save us from our real sin. He did this through his real death on a cross and sealed the deal through his real and permanent resurrection from the dead. I blog, partly as a personal journal and partly as a means to serve my local Church through teaching and commenting on biblical themes and current issues as they relate to the family and friends of the Church. I don’t have luxury of using my blog to debate or enter into extended discussions or arguments. There are opportunities to do that elsewhere. My schedule is pretty packed, with teaching commitments, other Church and committee responsibilities and importantly, enjoying God’s great gift of family. So if I reply and if it is only a short quip, I’m not trying to discount your opinion or feedback I just need to manage my time effectively and blog-sparring isn’t something I can afford at present.

Is blogging and email impersonal?

Will communications technology render relationships superficial or change the dynamic?

Would a luddite philosophy help or hinder a personal / pastoral ministry today?