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Amazingly enough, this is my 250th blog post. Now, to some of the greater luminaries of the blog world, that's small potatoes. But, when you add in my daily open-journal blog, I'm pretty surprised to have gotten this far. My blog history:

1st post was February of last year. It took a little over 2 months to get to 10 posts. Now, 250! I've seen some blog partnership networks that require you to demonstrate you're serious by having a blog with at least 25 posts. I'm over it!

Also, I've had a little over 2800 visitors, and they've been from every continent, except Antarctica. (please don't rain on my parade that some of them are bots. I don't care right now.) This month should put me over 3000 hits. Which, really, isn't bad. It's not like I'm trying to make money here!

So what do I use my blog for? To express thoughts about various things political, religious, social, and economic. I use it to post book reviews, for which I get free books! In theory, I could derive ad revenue, but I don't really get the traffic for that.

So, I blog because I like it. It's a chance for me to express my thoughts and opinions, to express some of the things I've learned, without having to write research papers. I do have some great things coming for the blog. I'm going to try again to get off of a blogger standard template, and try to make that work. I should have another book review this week, of John Maxwell's latest book. After that, I should finally be done with J.I. Packer's Knowing God, and will respond to some things in that book. (In case you're wondering, I try to read a book a week, plus whatever study I need for sermons and church work. It keeps me sharp. When I get the chance to get back on my M.Div. studies, I'll have to read even more. Which is why I just bought vision insurance.)

Something I'm looking forward to, hopefully this week, is an online profile of Emil Turner, the Executive Director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. That will probably go up with a 'people' tag. I really appreciate the opportunity to do that.

I don't have a lot of links, except for some blogs I read very regularly. I'd love to see people link to me, but I'd feel like I have to link to them. And then it gets a little funny, because I'm not sure I'd always agree with everything on the other blog, but you might think I do, since I linked it. So, I'm not super stressed looking for link love, but maybe I'll build up some following.

Anyway, special thanks to the Choates for getting my wife into blogging, and to Ann for convincing me to do this in the first place.


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