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PSA on Comments

Just a quick little announcement regarding comments on the Snapchat piece. In the past 8-9 days I’ve received and responded to hundreds of comments.

Simple fact is I need a break. I have other things going on in my life that are more important.

  • I’m a dad. My kids are more important than my blog.
  • I’m a small business owner, I have work to do.
  • I’m just one person. I legit need a break.

So you are free to leave a comment. Just know that for the next 48-72 hours things will be held for moderation.

I value all comments that are on topic. I don’t permit anonymous comments. And I’m happy to engage with people on topic.

Thank you.

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Happy Birthday, Blog

Today marks 8 years of blogging at (There was an earlier blog, I don’t know what happened to it.) And I’m marking that anniversary by going back to my very first post. Why am I starting this?

Why am I starting this?

Editorial note: This was my first post on my blogger, version 2.0 of my blog.

Perhaps many people start a blog because they are trying to prove to the world just how smart they are? Perhaps others do it so they can feel like someone is listening to them? Perhaps others do it as a way to share what’s going on in their lives.

But why am I doing this? Mostly as a way to share with myself, just what is going on. I’m not going to use this as a platform for anything else but… Well, whatever I feel like posting. Quotes. Golf scores. Youth Group talks. Carry-over rants. Interesting articles. Stories about the kids. Whatever I want!

That’s been my philosophy for the past 8 years. At the end of the day I’m going to write whatever I want!

It’s hard to believe where this little blog has taken me. From these first days in 2004 when I had exactly zero readers. To today when the things I write before I head off to work are read by a few thousand people by the time I go to sleep.

Who woulda thunk? Certainly not me.

Thanks for reading. And here’s to another 8 years!

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Top posts for 2011

Top 10 posts

1. Do you need a resume`? It depends.
2.Repairing a wet iPod Touch
3. Tim Hortons Arrives in Romeo
4. Christians and Gun Control
5. St. Patrick’s Day Prayer for Missionaries
6. 14 Must Have Gifts for the Geek in Your Life
7. TSA Resistance
8. SDSU: I Believe That We Will Win
9. American Airlines CEO Quits on Moral Grounds
10. 5 Ways to Be Good News in the Neighborhood on Halloween

No surprises there. Google brings the traffic to some of my backlog entries. But I was surprised to see some of the late November and December articles take off and make it into the top 10.

Top 10 Referrers

1. Facebook
2. Google (Search, Image search, and Google Reader)
3. Twitter
4. StumbleUpon
5. Youth Specialties
6. The Youth Cartel
7. Google+
8. Raginpagin

I had to giggle at #8. That’s a forum for the SDSU bowl game opponent. Facebook out-referred Google by 3:1 in 2011. Crazy!

Top 10 search terms bringing people to my blog

1. resume
2. how to do a resume
3. Tim Hortons
4. wet ipod touch
5. wii bowling
6. sexting
7. tiger woods new estate
8. letter l
9. st patrick
10. ipod touch wet

Again, the power of Google. Looks like I need to spend some time on my SEO of church/youth ministry stuff, eh?

Top 10 outbound links


One of the surprising things that happened to my blog in 2011 was that I didn’t see a dip when I left working at Youth Specialties. As I transitioned from YS to The Youth Cartel I actually saw an increase in traffic, comments, shares, etc. I don’t know what that means but I was happy to see everything go up. (Visitors, Facebook shares, Twitter mentions, RSS subscribers, comments, contacts… everything.)