Monday, May 26, 2008

I Still Don't Understand the Internet - But I Like It

I have come to the somewhat humbling conclusion that I will never really understand the internet. I'm sure there are some smart people somewhere who do comprehend it, but that group does not include me.

Despite my ignorance, I have to admit that I do like the internet. It is amazing to be able to communicate with others all around the globe. In fact, that is one of the best reasons to have a blog - you get to discuss all sorts of things with people from all over.

The above map shows where people live who have looked at this blog. I realize that some of those hits were mistakes such as Google searches for "how to hammer a nail." However, to my continued amazement, there are some people who routinely return to this blog. For those who do, thank you!

For me personally, the best part of having a blog is being able to write about what I am thinking. Let's face it, in our busy and hurried world, we often do not take time to think through things at a deep level. Having a blog forces (or at least should force) you to do that. From that perspective, it wouldn't really bother me if no one read this blog. It is advantageous to simply be able to write.

Some people write in journals with paper and pen. That's great, but I can't stand it. For whatever reason, I much prefer the computer. So maybe this blog is a sort of journal. I don't really know.

Let me encourage you to blog. It will force you to think through what may be bouncing around in your mind. I will improve, at least a bit, your writing skills. It will give you a little time to sit down and stop hurrying around. You may even get comments from other parts of the globe.


Alan said...

Great post. I was thinking the same thing the other day. As we prepare to move in 26 days and summer Greek begins June 30th I was considering if I am going to continue my blog or not. I probably will, but I have cut way back on my commenting on others blogs as well as my own posting. I did start another series on Presbyterianism and the Westminster Shorter Catechism, but those are easy to copy and paste.

I do want to say that you are one of the few people I have met "out there" who I can talk about by first name. I can say to my wife, "Eric posted on such and such." and she knows who I am talking about. So if I do slow way down due to course load I hope to not disappear entirely and thanks for making me think about what a wonderful tool this internet thing is as well as blogging. It has been fun and hopefully will continue to be.

Eric said...


I hope things go well for you all as you move and begin taking classes. I'm glad to hear that you are starting with Greek - it is awesome. For me, the best part about taking Greek was getting a better feel for the verbs used by the original authors. It really helps me be more precise as I preach and teach.

As for blogging, even if your frequency decreases, you will still have good things to say. Seminary classes and outside discussions will provide you with lots to write about.