Yesterday marked the 100th post of my first and only blog – From Preacherpen’s Desk. It has been both challenging and fun over the last several months, and I have learned quite a lot about the wonderful world of blogging. There is no way to thank everyone who has stopped by and left comments on subjects of interest; it is appreciated more than you know.
It’s easy to see From Preacherpen’s Desk isn’t in the top tier in relation to statistics. At 2:41 PM today there had been 22,566 pageviews and 608 approved comments. It’s more than I ever thought possible, but far from where I want to be.
I will not attempt to recognize everyone who has made a positive impact on my blogging experience, with one exception. Larry from My Take and Doc from Two Cookies a Day sort of took me under their wings and helped with several issues that initially plagued me. Thanks are definitely in order. I haven’t seen Doc since December, but Larry is still blogging with the best of the bunch.
Ideally, my goal is to show the contents of this blog to a large audience from diverse backgrounds. I do not have only one group of readers in mind; rather, the topics range from the gospel of Jesus Christ to politics and several others in between. There’s really enough here to satisfy a wide range of needs; it is not a repository for every topic under the sun, and never has been.
Over the last several months, I’ve visited so many blogs and lost count a long time ago. Most of them were informative and provoked thought in me, while others made me wonder how peope could even think the way they do. There are several sites on my blogroll and my RSS readers is loaded with those sites I frequent. The net is a marvelous thing, don’t you think?
Here are some observations about my blogging experience so far (in no particular order). I’ll try coming back here occasionally to add to the list:
- There are some brilliant people who love to blog.
- Most of the blogs I visit have that “welcome mat” feeling – everyone is allowed to come in and leave comments.
- There are incredible people all over the world who blog and have a common connection. I am so blessed to have met some of the nicest people on the planet. Thanks for being you.
- Interacting with our community of bloggers is sometimes easier than talking with people face-to-face. Really, it shouldn’t be that way, but it is, nonetheless.
- Some bloggers suffer from the “I’m the center of the universe” syndrome. You leave thoughtful comments on their blogs, but they never return the favor.
- Some bloggers are quick to take offense and let their comments overload what would otherwise be a sensible conversation.
- Some bloggers have little or no sense of protocol. By that I mean some things which should be taken care of privately are thrown out in the open for all the world to see.
One of the questions plaguing me now is: how do you get people to comment on your blog? Perhaps I didn’t make it clear from the beginning that people are welcome to read and leave comments. Of course, there are boundaries and common sense is the order of the day. Profanity is not allowed in any way. Offensive language is not allowed, either. Basically, this is a Christian site, and is meant to reflect the morals of a Christian walk.
Another question: how do I make this site a better experience for those who visit? As you can clearly see, there is a variety of subject matter to browse through. Hopefully there is something here which will grab your attention enough for you to stop and read. Blogging is a personal venture, and this blog reflects my personality. I am not going to change who I am, but I am certainly teachable.
Thank you for dropping by my little slice of the net. You are welcome here any time. Come often and bring friends with you.