Thursday, December 31, 2015

A 2015 Year-In-Review Post

Did you know that this blog has been around for almost 11 years? Eleven. That's amazing to me. What started on a lark has turned into a spiritual discipline; a way to organize my thoughts through words and to discover myself as a writer.

This has been a particularly notable year writing-wise. I began contributing to the UCC's new blog, New Sacred, which I've greatly enjoyed and look forward to continuing. And then there's the matter of signing the papers to produce my first book, which should happen sometime this next year. I always have to give at least partial credit to this blog for stuff like that, because this is where I discovered my style in order to be able to do those other things.

Last week I ran across an old blog post from Brian Cook of MGoBlog, in which he talked about his own writing influences. He cites writers from whom he's borrowed stylistically in order to produce his unique voice, including heavy hitters like Terry Pratchet and David Foster Wallace. 

This got me to thinking about my own list, during which I realized that it would prominently feature other bloggers. I mean, I've read enough Merton, Nouwen, Marilynne Robinson, Brueggemann, and Rob Bell that they're definitely in the mix, but if I'm honest I'd have to list three bloggers at or near the top: Cook, Gordon Atkinson, and the late Michael Spencer. These are the ones who have inspired me to be a better blogger, let alone writer. That's how impactful this enterprise has been for me over the last decade-plus.

So once again, thank you. I don't know how many of you are actually out there, but thank you for reading no matter how long it's been for you. There's more to come, and I hope you'll keep journeying with me.

Of course, no year-in-blogging-review post would be complete without a list of greatest hits, so here are some of my favorites from 2015:

Maybe you missed a few of those, or maybe you missed all of them. I hope you enjoy revisiting them, because I sure did.

While we're here, I might as well do a little shameless platform-building. Did you know that I'm on Facebook and Twitter? Feel free to give me a like or follow and connect with me on those places.

Again, thanks for reading. I look forward to what 2016 will bring.