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2012 was my best blogging  year yet. I wanted to share my numbers with you and my top 5 posts. Thanks for making 2012 my best year.

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Top 5 Unique Posts

  1. Multiply Movement – David Platt and Francis Chan (495 Views)
  2. You have four kids!?!?!? (380 Views)
  3. 5 Signs That Indicate You May Need to Quit the Ministry (352 Views)
  4. 5 Quick Ideas to Help You Kick-Start Your Student-Ministry Fall (275 Views)
  5. Free Advent Devotionals (269 Views)

Top Referrers (Those who refer to my posts)

  1. Search Engines (5,442)
  2. Facebook (2,408)
  3. Twitter (484)
  4. Rethinking Youth Ministry (272) Thanks to Brian Kirk for this!
  5. Google Reader (57)

Top Search Terms

  1. Robbie Mackenzie (188)
  2. Multiply Movement (88)
  3. God loves a cheerful giver (63)
  4. Spiritual changes in teenagers (59)
  5. Hidden Agenda (31)

Top Views Per Country

United States 14,621
United Kingdom 464
Canada 422
Philippines 241
Australia 212
Brazil 134

Some things just get a person in trouble. Many of us have been guilty of writing that scathing e-mail where we use ALL CAPS to get our point across and later regretted we even sent that e-mail. Or maybe you wrote that blog post with every intention of settling the score once-and-for-all only to have 44 comments of people bickering about how wrong you were. Or maybe… just maybe… you were preaching from a book in Scripture and a sermon fell on a particularly controversial passage (say Matt. 19:3-12.. or any thing related to M.D.R. for you coC friends) and you presented a different view and received scathing comments. Either way there has to be some advice one should receive before sending “that” e-mail, preaching “that” sermon or writing “that” article. I have come up with a few suggestions:

  • What is your purpose? Some controversy should just be avoided altogether and your opinion on the matter, albeit important for your faith formation, will probably solve nothing and might even stir the pot a little more. Consider your motives and read 1 Corinthians 16:14 and then write the post.
  • If you can’t take the heat, then stay out of the kitchen. There is a reason why some people avoid the controversy as they do not want to deal with the fallout. This is especially important if your leadership has to deal with some of the darts people throw at you. A leadership may not want to deal with the extra stress so if you don’t have the tools and people to back-up what you say then don’t say it.
  • Let someone older and wiser read what you have to say before you publish it (Prov. 15:22). There are some things I have preached on that were controversial that could have been polished more with the eyes of an older and wiser Christian. I may have said the right thing but I probably said it in the wrong manner.
  • Sticks and stones may break my bones AND words will still hurt me. Be very careful when you label someone. Words like “liberal” and “legalist” and “sacrilegious” and others are probably not helpful, especially when you have not talked with the source. Bashing people online (“trolling”) is a passive-aggressive form of bullying and is weak, cheap and cowardly.

Did I miss anything?

Top Posts of 2011

December 29, 2011 — Leave a comment

Here are the top posts you read on my blog in 2011.

Thank you for making 2011 my best blogging year so far.  I look forward to adding new and exciting material for you in 2012.  Thank you again.

Keep Blogging

November 2, 2011 — Leave a comment

I have a Google Reader account where I can see all of my RSS feeds from different bloggers around the country.  You have your Scot McKnight’s who post about 10-20 times per day and then on the opposite end of the spectrum you have people who barely post at all.  Which begs the question, “Why have you stopped blogging?”  I saw this from Tony Jones’ blog where he writes:

According to the New York Times, 95% of blogs haven’t been updated in over 120 days.  At a new site called Postary, they’ve chalked up the blog lifecycle for most people:


1) Euphoric moment of inspiration

2) Pseudo-maniacal and self-indulgent perusing of domains

3) Careful consideration of theme and design

4) The inaugural post – “Hello world!”

5) The 2-4 post honeymoon phase

6) Waning and changing interests

7) Feelings of desperation and apathy from low engagement

Inevitable abandonment

This leads me to encourage you to keep writing and be consistent.  It might not be a bad idea to sit down and write out what you want to post about for the next month and then post about it.  The great thing about blogging is that you can, at the spur of the moment, add something new…because at least you are still blogging.  So friends keep blogging and be consistent as we need to hear your creativity.  Take rests occasionally to recharge but then come back with a vengeance. Blog-on!!!

*I did an interview with Andy Blanks, cofounder of Youth Ministry 360, on blogging.  Check it out at

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