one year ago today i started blogging. i had resisted for over a year, worried that i would either alienate ys customers (if my blog was really honest) or allow it to become a cheap marketing piece, disguised as a blog. but i chose to launch out. my first post said this:
so. people have been bugging me about blogging for a year or more. and i’ve wanted to. i’ve almost started many times. here’s been my two primary concerns: i don’t want a cheesy blog that’s just a marketing front for Youth Specialties. i keep seeing organizational leaders are starting blogs simply for this reasons (of course, there are great exceptions). i could easily write laundered, sanitized, and even occaisionally fiesty-but-well-aimed thoughts in a organizationally-promoting way. not interested (as much as i love promoting YS).
But the rub has been this (and my 2nd reason for a year of hesitancy): if i blog about what i’m really thinking, i stand to alienate a reasonable portion of the YS crowd! i don’t really want to do that either.
so, i sat and stewed about it for a year.
about a month ago, i decided, “crap, i have to do this.” then, this past weekend, i was reading (WAY overdue reading, i might add) Kenda Dean’s Practicing Passion (the link goes to Jonny Baker’s review of the book, because it’s such a great summary) on a plane, and kept thinking, “ooh, i wish i could blog about that!”
i want to do this as a sort of spiritual discipline. i know this will help me work things out — whether they be personal issues, faith issues, church issues, youth ministry issues, whatever. if you choose to read, so be it.
here we go!
so here i am, 505 posts and 3489 comments later. about 600 people visit this blog on an average weekday (about half that on weekends), approximately 80% from the u.s., a good amount from canada and the u.k., and a wonderful growing assortment from a dozen or more other countries all over the world. technorati (the blog search engine) ranks ysmarko as 8634 in the blogosphere, #2 in “youth ministry” and “youth work” (behind the uber-blogger jonny baker), and #10 in “emerging church. it’s #26 in “church” and #24 in “faith”.
but at the end of the day, my blog isn’t about ranking or readers (i’m glad you read, though). my blog has been a way for me to be honest: with myself, with god, and with, well, others. it’s provided me accountability and processing-space, thinking fodder and a journaling niche. i love blogging; i love what it’s done for me and in me, and how it has become a spiritual discipline for me, a guy who doesn’t naturally take to most things with the word “discipline” attached to them.
i raise my starbucks cup (it’s actually a bit cold, and only has the bottom half-inch of coffee in it right now — so it’s not much of a toast) to year two!
15 thoughts on “it’s my one-year blog anniversary”
Do you get to count a whole year since you took a month off?
funny, chris. well — it’s an anniversary date, if not a 12-months-of-blogging celebration!
Where does it rank on the ticking the Lighthouse Trails people off? :-)
Or ticking off people who picket the NYWC? (Those Veggie Christian picketing Pittsburgh last year were too funny …)
Cool! I didn’t realize I started reading it that early in its creation! I just figured you had had it around a lot longer! : ) Keep blogging!
apparently very high, len
nice work. keep it up.
canada checking in – happy bloggoversary!!
dear friend……guernsey saying hey….just want to say i love ya man! x
Marko – Thanks for bloggin! It has allowed me to see a side of you I hadn’t before through YS. Wonderful!
Happy anniversary!! I never read as far back as post number one, but I am glad to see you describe it as spiritual discipline. I never put those words to it, but that’s exactly what mine has become (no plug intended) — that is unless I’m posting crazy things about Kiefer.
Congrats on a year well done. You’ve inspired me to get my ‘blog up and running one of these days soon…
Thanks for sharing, Marko. Your blog is one of my daily morning stops.
congrats – you’ve taken to it like a natural! now when are you passing through london next?!
jonny — i tried to email you in response, but my emails are bouncing back to me. hope you see this:
Hey buddy – next London trip is in August. I’m speaking at SoulSurvivor again, and bringing my 12 year-old daughter with me. we’re going to spend a few days in London. Would be great to hook up during that time. I’ll let you know!