It’s the last Tuesday of the month, and if you’re familiar with the schedule, you know that the 5th Tuesday is for…
Oh, right. I didn’t think about the odd “5th Tuesdays” when I made my original editorial plan—just one of many things I’ve learned in these first few months of blogging.
Since the 5th Tuesday is open, I’m going to use this one for some notes to all of you.
Note #1: Thank you, readers, for any or all of the following:
- Guest authoring
- Contributing artwork
- Sharing posts on social media
- Liking the Ninth and Fillmore Facebook page
- Promoting the blog to others
- Offering encouraging feedback
Funny thing: Every time I’ve wondered if I should keep at this (e.g., “How many other inquisitive/blog reading/rhetorical Lutherans can there be out there?”), someone has encouraged me to keep writing. Thanks for that feedback. It’s been very helpful.
Note #2: Thanks, too, for your patience with tech glitches.
Starting a blog is relatively easy. Managing the technical aspects, especially as a new blogger, can be a challenge. One example: during the first month of this blog, I discovered that all of the images here, including some of the header mockups, also appeared in the photo album of my Google + account. What?!? I deleted the albums (“Clutter!”), and guess what? All the photos got deleted from the blog, too. Live and learn.
I’m still working on smoothing out various technical aspects of the blog, such as sharing to Facebook (“Ugh! Another unexpected crop job!”), working with Feedburner email notifications (“Why this unintelligible string of letters?”), managing Blogger’s frustrating commenting system (“What? Your comment disappeared when you tried to publish?”), and seeing my pageview stats get thrown out of whack by referrer spam (“Huh. Hundreds of pageviews from Russia and Ukraine for this one post. Hmm…”).
Here's one of my favorite glitches to date: the Facebook beheading of John the Baptist.
On my tech “to-do” list: continue tinkering with optimization, image sizes, and settings, and start learning HTML. Learning code isn’t required, but it’ll make life easier (unless I break the blog, of course).
Note #3: Most-read posts
With the pageview stats out of whack, I can’t be 100% sure that the following list of most-read posts is accurate, but here’s my best guess (and it’s probably pretty close; only one post is getting hammered by spambots).
- Guest posts (last Friday of the month)
- A Lutheran Spin on the Five Canons
- I Covet
- Rethinking Goodwill
- Thou Shalt Not Sound Like an Essay
- The Friday Figure: Anaphora
You might have noticed what’s not on the list: book-related reflections (e.g., Lutheran classics; religion books). I’m going to stick with those topics for awhile because reading is always a good thing, but if the reading becomes a burden, I may drop those posts in favor of…well, you tell me. I’m open to suggestions.
Note #4: To my anonymous correspondent (and anyone else interested in the topic of goodwill)
I hope you don’t mind me replying to you here. I wanted to make sure to let you know that I received your letter. Thank you! You raised a number of good points about those two posts on goodwill. I do, in fact, stand by my original argument (“On Koinonia and Goodwill”). I wrote the follow-up post (“Rethinking Goodwill”) as a minor amendment (a tweak rather than a turnaround), based on a perspective that I hadn’t fully considered the first time.
There’s a whole lot more to say about the topic (probably enough for a book, as I think about it). For now, just know that when it comes to discussions of religion, I remain a strong advocate for greater goodwill—e.g., humility, helpfulness, patience, and “putting the best construction on everything.”