Saturday’s guest post by Canon J John on the continued relevance of C. S. Lewis took the number of posts on this blog to 400. It’s now become habit when reaching the end of a hundred posts to give myself a moment to pause and celebrate having got this far. As is the case of trying to describe to someone without children just how intense it is bringing them up, it’s not always easy to explain how much time and emotional effort goes into blogging on a regular basis. It is draining and it has become increasingly difficult to give it quite as much attention over the last few months with increased work commitments. It means I’ve not been writing as many of my own pieces as I would like, which makes me even more grateful for the guest writers who have contributed so much to this site.
Last week I attended a media reception at Lambeth Palace hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and it was affirming to speak to so many people who have read this blog and consider it to be increasingly influential in Christian circles. It is this sort of positive feedback that keeps me going, along with the fact that I do enjoy the whole blogging experience on the whole .
Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read this blog, comment and support me in various ways. As long as I feel it is serving a useful purpose and I have the energy, I intend to keep it going. I would value your prayers, if you pray, as without God’s continued blessings this site would not be as successful as it is and I would have probably given up by now.
Looking back, here’s the run-down of the ten most read posts since God and Politics in the UK started back in November 2011:
- Halloween: harmless or harmful?
- Dear BBC, please stop ignoring God
- A tale of two bomb attacks
- Justin Welby and Martin Lewis’ mission to save Christmas
- David Cameron’s Easter message
- Being gay, Steve Chalke and where the church has got it wrong
- Halloween: harmless or harmful? – part 2
- How much aid does the UK government give to countries where Christians are persecuted?
- Christian groups supporting schools: Secularists see exploitation where schools see a service
- Has Justin Welby become the nation’s conscience personified?
Only four of these appeared in the last list, which reflects the continued rapid growth in readership. The top post has now been seen over 37,000 times.
Once again a big thank you for taking the time to visit this blog, whether this is your first time or you’ve been following since the beginning. It is all very much appreciated.
well done, and thank you !
Thank you as ever. Fantastic site.
Good blogging, I think, is about the long haul. One of the beauties of it is that we are free to say what we want, without publishers deadlines or targets to meet. On the other hand, when it is done in our ‘spare time’, it can get squeezed out. That’s ok. If we are truly there to try and speak wisely into our society, then it’s not about how quickly we can churn them out, to keep our readership happy, but its about listening to God, and being wise with out time and our energy.
I know how much thought goes into writing and re-writing and trying not to be misunderstood, which is potentially more important (and more likely!) the ‘bigger’ the blog gets and the wider the readership. I hope you continue to write, continue to try to be prophetic, and different, and wise, and thoughtful; but also continue to do whatever it is in life that you do these rest of the time. Like work, rest, family and just being and praying, without feeling compelled to be interesting!
Thanks Kevin – wise words. Finding the balance between the different areas of life is a constant challenge. I find it helpful to set myself targets, otherwise I’d be finding excuses not to sit down and write, but at the same time not being dictated by them and not feeling a failure if I don’t write as much as I’d hoped to. We’ll see how things develop. I’m constantly conscious of the dangers of burnout and do ease off if I feel I need to. Like you I think sticking at blogging with a long term aim is important, but seeing how few people manage it is a reminder that it’s a big challenge too!
Well done Gillan and I endorse Kevin’s wisdom, especially in encouraging you to become more prophetic. Last March you certainly were sensitive in postulating the possibility of a ‘new era’ in the church! It was a brave post in a political blog, and which probably didn’t get a large number of hits. (You inspired me to publish what I’d collected from recognised prophets about forthcoming changes – yours is 20th of 27 at http://wp.me/P1Y1yB-3Xw).
[Funny to recall that in the first months of our blogs you and Peter K wisely cautioned me to approach Biblical prophecy carefully. Nevertheless, developments between Iran, Syria and Russia since then came as no surprise in the light of Ezekiel 38!]
So I thank the Lord He’s been leading you in this important work and I’m very pleased you’ve become influential at the church-politics ‘coalface’ – many congratulations my friend.
I would just like to add my name to the list of those who say how much they appreciate your blog. I only came across it fairly recently, via the Fulcrum website, but have found its good Christian sense very valuable. I can well understand that at times it must be draining, and take much time and emotional energy, but I’m so glad that you are keeping going with it. May God bless and use your work.
Of course will pray for you and your family. I just love this blog and have done right from the very beginning and it very much helps me in the work that i do being a great resource and inspiration and helps to broaden my Christian thinking. I also gave it a plug in a talk i did yesterday at the mothers union. Well done Gillan keep up the good work. We need you.
Thanks Graham, George, Chris and Peppy. You’re all very kind.