I started doing this in October, just four months ago. I posted my first little offering, here - and was welcomed by Kristen and Ducky (who have both since moved to WordPress). I haven’t seen them much in these parts since, but they are both championship-caliber lurkers, so maybe they’re around.
I really got rolling in January, post-Onething Conference after a few weak posts just prior. It took me those six December posts to find my voice and my groove, to really get a feel for what I enjoyed writing and what really flows out of my little, weak, growing heart. Thus, now that I have some things a bit more clear in regards to what this is about for me, I can really articulate now what this wordcast is about for us as well.
I’m enjoying the journey so far - and I’m surprised how much. Not only has writing been fun, but interacting and connecting has been great. I now have about 150 or so unique visitors a day, which is odd to me. I don’t even have the experience in doing this to know if that is good or bad. My guess is “okay” or “decent” mixed with “enjoyable”. I do know that I now get enough spam comments to drive me to really dark places in my heart.
My only “regret” over the past two months is that I haven’t been a bit more controversial on some things. Everybody tends to agree with me! In that sense I actually enjoy running after Jesus with a bunch of like-minded, passionate, tender-hearted intercessors. Still, I like poking people the wrong way at times and causing trouble in a redemptive manner. I want to be more broadly “Pauline” in that sense and write in the Corinthian and Galatian manner; where, up to now, things have been very Roman (diplomatic) or Timothean (familial). Of course, the Corinthians didn’t like Paul very much after his first letter (prior to the writing of 1st Corinthians) and gravitated to Peter and Apollos as a result, so I may lose a few of you in the process…
The other thing that has changed as I figure this thing out is that I trimmed the hedges on the sidebar a bit, cleaning things up. This won’t be the last change I make. I’ll be fully revamping this space sometime soon to make it cleaner and more readable. My big problem is that I have a love of design and color but no time or ability to translate what’s in my head to the page. So it will take me time to make it work, but I assure you I am thinking of your eyes as you read my long posts against the dark background with an achy head.
I also want to add a comprehensive links page soon. If your name is missing from the sidebar, take heart! I’m sure many of you are well aware of how many of our “peeps” (as Randy calls them, slipping a McTwist into a Fakey after getting some serious air) are now wordcasting vigorously. I hear about more everyday. I can’t find them yet, but rumor has it that Katty Spink and Emily Russell have joined the ranks. I did a casual count this morning and came up with about 40-50 of us that are now really doing a semi-regular wordcast. So, I’m going to link up on a secondary page everyone here and abroad that carries the banner of the prayer movement on the ‘net. Then, in the spirit of Shawn Blanc, the sidebar will have three or four links that flow with what I’m doing here.
So thanks. Really. I appreciate everyone that’s jumped into this with me here, and everyone that is jumping into writing, chronicling and journaling from IHOP-KC (and other parts of the prayer movement) in general. It has been a thrill so far to knit hearts and run together, and I look forward to doing this with you for quite some time. This is the medium now, while it is day - for night is coming in which no one can work (Jn. 9:4). In that, Matt Hartke’s title is more urgent than maybe some had realized; more prophetic than maybe even he had realized.
I am sure that in a year, everything as we know it will be different. I can’t wait for the conversation.
Enough about me - there’s lots going on both at IHOP-KC and in the world.
5 comments March 2nd, 2007