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10 years of blogging

It’s become a bit of a habit in recent years. Christmas rolls around and I decide to have another crack at writing more consistently on this blog. What I do next, is to not, you know actually write something, but to mess around with a new theme and design. I’ve changed the look probably almost every year. So if you’re reading this on Facebook, through a RSS feed or email, then why not head to the site for a minute and tell me what you think of the new look. As I was tinkering…

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Collected wisdom on the art of writing

I would love to write a book. Actually correct that, I would love someone to publish the books that I write (although it may not be all it’s cracked up to be). No, hold on – I would love people to read the books that I write and that are published. That’s an increasingly common goal as three forces create a perfect storm for would be authors. First we are the beneficiaries of free education and living in a literate age – we are the lucky ones, we were forced by…

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The return of the links

When I first started blogging I had even less idea of what to do than I do now. So I copied other bloggers. It’s probably fair to say that the blogger I copied most was Tim Challies. There were a few reasons for this, one his blog was read by hundreds of thousands of people and I had unrealistic ambitions. There were also similar interests in book reviewing and more relevantly, interesting stuff from all over the internet. I am, by nature, curious. I have an appetite for interesting and…

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Housecleaning: Updates to this site

I’ve been blogging for some time now (since 2006 in fact) and this blog has been through any number of changes. I am an inveterate tinkerer, it’s possible that I am un-reformable in this regard. I’ve moved the blog from blogger to wordpress, changed themes and styles and taught myself as much as I can about building a decent website. Experienced blogger but still I was making some basic errors. Recently, I transferred my site from one hosting company to another and I thought everything was going well. However some mistakes…

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The Apostle Paul on posting comments

There are few things more pointless in life than the majority of discussions on the Internet. All too often it becomes an exercise in not listening, talking past each other at best; angry insults and bitterness or just plain trolling at its worst. So when you have some time to fill and you’ve read a blog post that you’re tempted to engage with, just remind yourself of the advice of the Apostle Paul whose words were created for the Internet age roughly 2000 years ago Remind your people of this, and…

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What's happened to this blog?

Over the past year or so the frequency of my writing has seen a pretty severe drop-off. I’d been aware of it for some time but reading my friend Jon’s thoughts on his own blog made me aware that the same had happened here. I’m not sure if anyone but me is all that bothered about that or even noticed but for anyone who is bothered or has noticed, here’s a few reasons as to why: I’m learning a new language: I don’t think I’d appreciated how mentally tiring learning…

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The gender conversation 8: Media & blogging

There’s no doubting that gender continues to occupy a lot of time, space & energy in the church. It regularly raises the emotions and generates a lot of heat and little light. It can also put Christians into camps where the ‘the other side’ can be seen, talked about & treated as a problem or worse ‘the enemy’. In the church this is nothing short of disastrous. So I’ve invited Hannah Mudge to a blog conversation with me about faith and gender. Click here for part 1, part 2, part…

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Building my platform and vainglory

One of the blogs I regularly read is Michael Hyatt’s. He regularly writes insightful stuff on a number of issues that are important or of interest to me; running, writing, technology, leadership, publishing, faith are all there from time to time. As a former CEO of one of the world’s biggest Christian publishers, writer of one of the most read blogs and having written recently a best-selling book, Hyatt knows a thing or two about building a platform (basically getting yourself noticed, read, followed or whatever). You can find some…

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