One year ago today I started this blog. For some time I had considered doing so but I am not the most tech savvy person around. So I procrastinated for a while and sized up the situation. During the Christmas break lake year I began to experiment and went live on 1/2/08.
Somewhere I read (Carl Trueman at Reformation21 Blog ??) that blogging is an inherently narcissistic activity. I can't say that I entirely disagree with that assessment as there are plenty of examples in the blogosphere of people who want to talk about themselves.
Sure, this blog is a record of my opinion on a lot of subjects. But it is also a tool that can be used to teach others -- the members of my church, inquisitive on-lookers, peers in ministry, or anyone who stops by.
At times I've made mistakes and been taken to the woodshed. But for the most part it has been a delight. In many respects blogging is a form of journalism and requires many of the same skills: It has taught me about the importance of getting all the facts. It has taught me not to judge motives. It has also forced me to be concise and to write clearly.
In the year ahead I look forward to blogging more and honing this craft.