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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:

A Letter from God?

Zombies for the Love of God

The Trouble With Being Nice


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!

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thanks for the post about the High Calling Blogs network. It’s great to have you aboard!

    April 28, 2010
  2. So glad you found High Calling Blogs. Welcome to our circle of friends!


    April 28, 2010
  3. Welcome! You highlighted some of my favorite posts. 🙂

    April 28, 2010
  4. Nice to have you in the network.

    April 28, 2010
  5. Welcome to the network! I look forward to getting to know you better through HCB! And I love that photo of your son looking out at the Pacific… really cool.

    April 28, 2010
  6. I’ve long admired CC Blogs. That network started with some of the same advisors that we did (cough, Gordon, cough).

    So glad to have you on board and we look forward to hearing from you more often.

    I like the pic of your son, by the way. And the idea of liminal spaces. I wonder how our lives would change if we were more honest about the constant transitory nature of life.

    April 28, 2010
  7. Thanks, all, for the kind words and warm welcome!

    April 28, 2010
  8. Thanks for the new link to explore, and congrats on being there. I too like the idea of our “liminal position” — and enjoyed your comments on looking for the perfect WordPress theme. I’m a committed Serif font person myself (no matter how much the graphic designers push studies at me that say it makes no difference in readability) so that automatically eliminated any number of them when I was choosing! I’m still happy enough with mine but some days think it would be fun to experiment as well. The advantage you younger computer savvy folks have is that you can push keys and see and go back again whereas I still labour under the fear that if I change themes midstream I may LOSE EVERYTHING I’ve written so far! 🙂 🙂 I’ve lost a few EVERYTHINGS on the computer in my lifetime already!

    April 28, 2010
    • Thanks Dora. I think WordPress is committed to adding more themes over the next little while, so you might have some more options to choose from in the near future, should you want to experiment :).

      Oh, and I’m not sure how computer-savvy this “younger” person is, to be honest. I’ve been meaning to back up my blog for some time now but I have no idea how to do it, and every time I resolve to sit down and figure it out, my eyes begin to glaze over after about the third instruction. I’ve not lost any EVERYTHINGS so far, but I fear the possibility isn’t too remote…

      April 28, 2010
  9. Apparently, I am on High Calling Blogs too, but I didn’t realize this until recently. I have yet to put the big button on the sidebar of my blog, though.

    I used your template here for a while myself, and I liked everything about it except the wide column and small font, which make things harder to read. I eventually switched to a template with a narrower column and larger font, for easier reading. It pleases me. And since I’m my blog’s main reader, that’s enough for now.

    That’s a sweet picture of your son. Peace to you.

    May 1, 2010
    • Yes, I saw your name on the HCB list. It was nice to see I’m in good company.

      May 1, 2010

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