A New Network and a New(ish) Look
Sometimes I (somewhat hypocritically) lament the limitations of the blogging world, the kind of discourse it does/does not promote, the nastiness and/or triviality that can creep in, etc, but there are many good things about blogging as well! And one of these good things is discovering thoughtful and intelligent writers and thinkers out there whose reflections are all brought together into blog networks (I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the CC Blog Network, for example).
Last week I came across another great network called High Calling Blogs, whose professed vision is “to use new media tools to create opportunities for people to encounter God for the transformation of daily life, work, and our world.” I’ve only just begun to snoop around on this site, but already I’ve come across some really insightful reflections on faith, culture, work, writing, poetry, leadership, and even pastoral ministry! It’s been a great find.
So I did what all bloggers do when they see networks that they think are really cool. I joined them! You can access High Calling Blogs from the badge on the sidebar whenever you are so inclined. Again, there is some terrific content at this site—well worth a visit or adding to your reader. Here are a few posts that I’ve been reading this week:
In addition, for those who check in on this blog semi-regularly, there is a good chance that over the last few days you have noticed some unusual appearances of the blog. I have been experimenting with the look a little (and making little progress, alas). The longer that I do this blogging thing, the more I notice that I like certain things and don’t like others when it comes to the look of various templates, how their features are arranged, how user-friendly they are, etc. I have not yet come across a template that I am 100% satisfied with, but I have decided to stop fiddling around and leave things alone for a while. While this one doesn’t give me the option of adding my own header (which some people, apparently, liked about the old look), almost everything else about it looks and feels better—at least in my opinion. It’s lean, clean, uncluttered, and simple. And I like simple. I realize that not everyone shares this opinion (my wife tells me that this one is “boring”), but I’m the one with the password so I get to pick :).
Incidentally, at various times over the last couple of years people have asked about the picture I have used for the header periodically throughout this blog’s lifespan .
The picture is of my then five year-old son looking out at the Pacific Ocean shortly after we moved to the west coast in 2005. Something about the way he is looking out into the distance with the light of the sunset at his back struck me at the time. It seemed to convey somewhat of a sense of the liminal space in which we find ourselves. Or something like that. If WordPress ever comes out with a theme that gives me the best elements of this one with the option of adding a header, perhaps it will make a return.
As always, thanks for your feedback. And thanks for reading!