Why Do You Read This Blog? ~ BitterSweetLife

Monday, December 03, 2007

Why Do You Read This Blog?

Seriously, this blog would like to know.

I'm not a big fan of blog polls, because they usually attract about 7 voters, so you don't feel like the people have actually SPOKEN. However, I just broke down and made up a poll for the sidebar (and then Blogger broke down and wouldn't display it right, so it's halfway down the page).

But heading into Christmas and New Year's, we at the Vanderhorst urban domicile of wedded bliss and boyish madness are thinking about some big changes, next-phase-of-life stuff, and I may rework the blog to reflect those.

I'm telling you this to assure you that this little poll isn't just an exercise in narcissistic bloggy navel gazing (or would that be post-footer gazing?). I'd really appreciate your feedback, actually. So if all seven of you could glance over at the sidebar...(multiple answers are fine)

Thanks!



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11 comments:

gymbrall said...

I'm probably somewhere between the weird eclecticism, the writing style and the viewpoint, and the fact that I knew you in another life (assuming that the 90's count as another life)

Wondering what you have in mind for the site...

Take care,
Charles

colleen said...

Sometimes i can't put my thoughts into words...even in writing. sometimes i don't even think about writing them...and then occassionally i'll read something, like one of your posts, and it kind of opens a window in my mind.

thank you. :)

And, i know my blog is pretty lame in comparison to the consistent depth you put into yours...so you also keep me in check.

plus your kids are pretty rad.

ally said...

I voted for everything excpet the last choice but it's mostly for the Kansas gloating. :-P Just kidding. Actually, it's mostly the creative theology angle. We seem to have much in common. :-)

R. Sherman said...

Eclectic is the best descriptor.

Cheers.

Bernard Shuford said...

I think a lot of the reason I read it is because it seems that you just have a good attitude about virtually everything, and that inspires me.

Jason said...

I landed on your blog because of the "Avoid Blogger Burnout" post and thought I'd subscribe and see what follows. I skip most of the KU and family stuff, but there's enough other content to keep it in my reader.

My encouragement to you would be "Do it for you." My blog is geared at families in my ministry at the church I work for, but I make the posts more for my own self-reflection and keeping me focused on why we do the things we do in our ministry. So far, it's been helpful for me, so I keep doing it.

Andy said...

It's a mix of the creative theology, the writing, and the eclecticism.

It was your 3 parter on "Show Us Jesus" that hooked me...

Will Robison said...

You can go from a serious discussion of C.S. Lewis to smuggling a Christmas Tree into your building in two posts. That's gotta be some kind of record. I'm sticking with you until KU finally wins the national title (figure that's a safe long distance ;)

Ariel said...

Hey, thanks all. Getting this kind of encouraging, detailed feedback was more than I was expecting. I greatly appreciate it... blogging can tend to be an impersonal medium, which I don't like as much, so I'm thankful for the warmth of your comments.

And now, a few words of disambiguation...

Wondering what you have in mind for the site...

I'm thinking about streamlining my content, also about putting up the big bucks and getting my own domain, maybe relaunching. We'll see...

i know my blog is pretty lame...

Not true, I like your blog. There was this post about a toad, way back when, that remains one of my favorites.

you just have a good attitude about virtually everything, and that inspires me.

You're too kind, my friend! However, I'm happy that I've managed to conceal the bag of chips on my shoulder from the blogging world. Just kidding. Sort of. You must have missed the post about me wanting to break the knees of the guy who stole our car. ;)

My encouragement to you would be "Do it for you."

Thanks for that. Good advice.

I'm sticking with you until KU finally wins the national title...

Well dude, it's been nice having you as a reader, but I guess we'll be saying goodbye in March.

Rob said...

So THAT's what they mean by March Madness. (grin)

I'm still diggin' the blog, and I'll be diggin' it with changes. You have enough touch, it'll hit.

John B. said...

I voted but haven't yet commented here.
The KU gloating is just, you know, execrable. Really, Ariel, a man of your intelligence . . . But even when your better judgment fails you, you write really well and are well informed besides. And joy-filled just about all the time, but without being unthinking.

 

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