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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Top Ten Things I Learned about Blogging from Blogging – Le Donne

To celebrate the Jesus Blog’s 100,000th page view, I thought I’d reflect on my five-month career as a blogger.

10) Blogging about Jesus is what Jesus would do (well, at least the Johannine Jesus).

9) Auto-correct wants to render the name “Crossley” cross-eyed.

8) The page view to comment ratio is absurd. The average post here gets over 4000 views and about three comments. It’s sort of like visiting a monastery wherein all of the monks have taken a vow of silence… but they keep looking at you with their unreadable, monkish eyeballs.

7) You get more flies with honey than with vinegar… and even more with a dead carcass.

6) “Blogging” still isn’t recognized as a legit scrabble play.

5) Some are trolls because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced common courtesy because of the kingdom of heaven.

4) Chris Keith’s first name is “Chris” and not “Keith” – I was almost sure it was Keith… wait, is it?

3) Ten years ago, N.T. Wrong tore Mark Goodacre limb from limb and scattered his remains throughout cyberspace. These tiny bits of Mark exist in the hearts of all biblio-bloggers. Those who disavow Q and love Doctor Who are the special few who can find mysterious union with each other beyond the evil dominion of the demiurge.

2) Being holier-than-thou gets a bad rap; it’s so much better than the alternative.

And the most important thing I learned about blogging from blogging:

1) What Jim West does really isn’t as difficult as he makes it look.


  1. Hi Anthony,

    Kim here from Regent. I've been enjoying reading your (often cheeky) blog. Some things don't change. Was the "Jim West" you reference formerly with Eisenbrauns?

    1. Great to hear from you Kim! I dunno, Jim, were you formerly with Eisenbrauns?


  2. he's thinking of jim eisenbrauns presently of eisenbrauns or jim spinti presently not of eisenbrauns but formerly so. the curse of the common first name.

    anyway, people always say 'gosh how do you have the time to blog?' and i remind them that it just isn't that tough. (but it does make me wonder how lazy they must be to wonder how hard it is to reference fun and depraved news and make this or that observation).

  3. and who is ald? CK i know, but ... (and when the carnival comes out i hope you aren't too offended....)

    1. Jim, if it's because Anthony will be the focus, I can hardly be offended. His blogging output, while not quite to your level, is something to behold. I can hardly pretend to keep up. If it's because you disagree with something I wrote, that's no problem. You'll join a long line!

  4. Thanks for this! Great post. And here's a comment to help put this one above the average.

    I'm a little late to the biblioblogging party, so pardon the rudimentary question, but what exactly did NT Wrong write about Goodacre? And did NT Wrong ever reveal his (her???) true identity?

    1. answers to the best of my knowledge: (1) nothing of note and (2) no.

  5. 100,000 page views in five months?

    I'm not envious. I'm not envious. I'm not...

  6. five months??? that's depressing.

    and AJK- why yes, yes we do.

  7. and chris, to my knowledge i've never disagreed with anything you've written. the nature of the carnival is a tad snarkish though so... that's what i meant.