Writing is a labor of love for me. In fact, on many days, it’s the only way for me to relax. I love to sit down in my office, facing the window, with a cup of coffee, and just write. Currently, I am crafting a sample chapter with a friend on the nature of monsters and what it reveals about us that we’ve invented such creatures. And, on most weeks, I’m relatively disciplined to post here at my blog. In the future, I hope to grow more focused in my writing.
So, for all of those who regularly visit and for those that are just passing through… I would like to say THANKS! Blogging is an odd mixture of social commentary and autobiography. Hopefully, I have been of some help to you along the way. It has been a joy to interact with many of you through this blog, email, Facebook, and Twitter.
As I am a big fan of reviews and assessements, I thought it would be a good exercise to see what were the most read posts on the blog from 2013. It certainly reveals something about me as the writer and those who have been kind enough to be the readers. And speaking of the readers, it has been fun to see where all of you are from. In the stats page of my WordPress dashboard, I am able to see the countries where my readers originate. The top readership – in order of country of origin – is:
- United States of America
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
So again… Thanks to everyone who visited the blog last year. And now, with all of that, I offer you the list of the most read posts that I wrote last year.
1. When Your Sermon is a Single – The most read post was also one of the most shared posts across many other sites. It certainly hit a nerve with a lot of leaders.
2. Sermon Prep for the Bivocational Pastor – As the bivocational ministry life has become my new normal, I’ve posted several times about it. Currently, I’m negotiating with a publisher about an expanded work that I hope will help all of you in our happy little tribe of dually-employed ministry.
3. Observations from a Water Park 2013 – Over the last few years, I’ve offered my thoughts via Twitter and the blog about what I’ve seen at water parks. Just my light-hearted jab at the human condition.
4. 10 Differences About Buzzwords and Leadership – Buzzwords are a “path of least resistance” form of leading people. I was happy to see that this post was helpful to so many.
5. Words and Phrases that Should Die in 2013 – I am unsure as to whether or not I got my wish. However, I double-checked this post just to make sure I was not still guilty of any linguistic transgression.
6. The Test of a Worship Leader – In this post, I highlighted some thoughts from Keith Getty as he taught about leading worship in the local church. Keith and his wife Kristyn are godly leaders from whom we can learn a great deal.
8. Looking for a Content Editor – At LifeWay, I direct an area of our publishing. It was encouraging to see all of the interest in the work that we do.
9. Recruitment versus Reproduction – In the work of leadership, choices in our language have huge implications in our work. Writing this post was helpful for me as I worked through the issues of creating new leaders.
12. Lincoln and Short Sermons – One of the more memorable lines for me from the movie “Lincoln” dealt with the president’s discipline in writing short speeches. His wisdom is a needed encouragement to those of us who preach every week.
13. Smartphones and 5 Ways to a Smart Schedule – Others have said it and I believe it: Time is the new commodity. With a ton of responsibilities, we are all looking for ways to streamline our schedules. This post was one of my attempts to offer some sanity to the whirlwind of life.
14. Navigating Bivocational Ministry – In my series of posts on bivocational ministry, this was perhaps that one that I needed most in order to process my own limitations.
15. How Txting is Kllng Our Communication Skillz – Not to rebel against the culture for no particular reason, but I do like a well-formed thought when communicating with someone else. And besides, shouldn’t we learn how to simply speak and write well? Just a thought.