He even has a couple of things to say about Joel.
Alright. I’m done on the internet for maybe the rest of the day.
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So, I changed my blog’s tagline to more accurately reflect what I actually do here. It previously said something about helping people understand the Old Testament, which I think the rest of my website does and which I do on my blog sometimes. But, that’s not really an entirely accurate description of what I do on my blog. I pretty much write about whatever I want and sometimes that’s the Old Testament and related areas.
I’ve made my first major change to my website in a while. I’ve made my blog page my home page and turned my homepage into an about page. Doubt that it makes much of a difference to most, but the URL FreeOldTestamentAudio.com now redirects to my blog’s URL – FreeOldTestamentAudio.com/Blog.New. I’ll see how that works out, but I thought it might work out better for the search engines. If not, I can remove the redirect pretty easily and put things back to normal. Anyway, if the structure of the site looks different to you, that’s why.
The idea of starting a forum scares me a little bit because I do not know how much work it would be for me to moderate. But, I’m thinking about adding one. I just noticed that it was actually an option that through BlueHost I can use SimpleScripts to add bbPress (put out by WordPress) to my site. I thought it would be nice to have a place for people who use my site to interact with one another more, rather just randomly in the comments section of my blog. I also thought it might provide a bit more fodder for my blogging because I could see what types of questions users were asking then maybe respond here or point blog readers to the questions, so that they might offer a bit of helpful discussion.
So, I guess my question is: Have any of you ever worked with an online forum? Is it more trouble than it’s worth? Or, does it add a cool extra element of interaction to a site? …
Apparently, I have the #1 Old Testament site on the entire internet … at least according to Jim West. And, isn’t that really the only thing that matters? Whether or not he is right about my site, he is right about one thing. If our blogs don’t contain a bit of self-effacement “we take ourselves too seriously and no one else takes us seriously at all- and rightly.”
Me not taking myself too seriously:
If you’re attending SBL and are trying to find a good site to check out for the latest on the city of New Orleans, I’d recommend NOLA.com. As someone who lives a little bit outside of the city but who wants to keep up to date, this is the site that I check most frequently. For example, if you want to keep up to date on the recent severe weather we’ve been having (I wouldn’t worry too much about it), this is a good place to go.
I’m adding some topical pages to the site for those who might want to browse in that manner. Just getting started with it, but I hope it is a help to some users. So far, I’ve got a few links up on these pages The Old Testament (General), Books About the Old Testament, The Books of the Old Testament. Some really cool stuff on the books about the Old Testament page. Still a ton to be added, so keep checking back.
I am a self-conscious blogger. An aside in a recent post by Chris Brady made me ponder this as he references a text that gives the advice to “simply write.” This type of advice is difficult for me. And, the one thing that I think cripples me above all others when it comes to writing blog posts is a desire for everything to be perfect. Some readers may be scratching their heads right now “This idiot strives for his blog posts to be perfect?” I know. But, it is as if I go back and make sure every “i” is dotted and every “t” crossed, even though a word processor already does that for me.
In terms of my blog, I am afraid of making a mistake and having it pointed out to me in a place so public as the internet. But, I realize this is me thinking wrongly with regard to my blog. This blog should be a place for conversation. It should be a place where I put thoughts forward and welcome them being corrected. I realize that there is a balance to be struck here. There is a lot of poorly written nonsense on the internet. And, that is one end of the extreme. Yet there are also likely a significant number of good ideas that never make it into blogs because someone like me is afraid of looking silly or making an error in public. Or, another symptom may be that blog writers stick to topics that are comfortable and easy so as not to risk be corrected. That is the other end of the extreme.
With that said, I hope to become a better more productive blogger who actually publishes more posts. If anyone has read any good posts or books on this type of writers block lately, feel free to link to them in the comments.
I have moved my blog to WordPress. I apologize for any inconvenience. You can still navigate the old blog with archives and tags HERE. However, the new blog can be found by simply using the right navigation here. I will be adding categories to the old blog posts shortly, so that you can find any old posts that you might be looking for. I really love my old blogging software for writing. I was using RapidWeaver, which is the same software that I use for my site. I was able to do anything that I wanted to very easily. But, RapidWeaver was terrible for publishing and commenting purposes. I’m not crazy about WordPress for writing, but it will make publishing and commenting easier.