I started writing this blog about eight years ago. Since that time I have posted more than 250 unique articles and some have been posted more than once. It has always been fascinating to watch the stats that WordPress provides on a daily basis. Stuff that I loved often goes unread and stuff that bordered on complete nonsense is a hit. It shows what I know about what works. Human nature is and always will be a complete mystery and in a way that makes life more interesting.
Take this last month for example. My stats have been off the charts and all for one particular post from 2010 titled, “Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity.” That post was actually about my friend, Dale Eldred, who was anything but egotistical and a true genius in his own right. I’m still scratching my head in amazement that something I wrote seven years ago finally got noticed by 4000 new readers over the last few weeks.
Just to provide some perspective, my blog gets viewed about 125 times a day on average. It’s a pretty typical blog by most WP standards and since I have never promoted it in any way, I’m satisfied with it’s footprint. I’m not on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram because I just don’t have time. It takes every ounce of my ability to do my work with foster children, keep up with my chores at home and write this blog when I have something to say. Achieving blogging stardom was never the point.
I write for my own enjoyment and to leave a kind of biography for my grandchildren. Given the amount of time I spend on the road and the behavior of some of the kids I work with, the odds are against me for having a long life, so I feel a critical need to put into words the thoughts that define me. I want my grandchildren to know me even if I’m not here to explain it in person. I want them to hear stories about people like Dale Eldred and my dad, who lived amazing lives. I want them to have an archive of wisdom that they can turn to when their own lives are challenged in the future.
The written word is still the most powerful force on Earth and I intend to keep putting out stories that are truthful and meaningful. If it takes ten or twenty years before those stories get discovered by the rest of the world, so what? Living for the moment has never been important to me. I enjoy life but I have too much I want to accomplish to waste time sitting around congratulating myself. I can almost guarantee that my blog will be far more popular after I’m gone because then it will be considered a limited edition. Human nature always wants what it can’t have.
On the other hand, my curiosity is raging right now. Why did that particular post create so much attention? I can imagine that the title seems to be apropos for the politics of the day and all the egotistical people who have sold their souls to become rich and powerful but the story is actually about a humble genius who left a mark on the world so profound that he will always be remembered for his ability and his kindness. Maybe people are so tired of the ship of fools who run this country that they are craving stories about real geniuses and actual achievements.
I love telling those stories. That’s why I write about Jesus so often. Two thousand years later people argue incessantly over His resurrection from the dead. It seems pretty clear to me that the argument itself is all the proof I need to believe He is still with us to this day. Who else, in the history of the world, has ever had so much of a lasting impact on humanity? Who else causes so much fervor on both sides of the argument? Who else denied Himself every worldly pleasure and willingly gave His life for the benefit of others? One man, in the entire history of the world, did these things and for all of that He will always be revered. Humility, kindness and compassion are antithetical to egotism and greed and they are the traits that make our lives worth living and our deaths meaningful.
I’m going to keep writing about goodness and self-sacrifice until God calls me home. When I get to Heaven, I will make my case for salvation with all my words posted here on WordPress. I like my chances.
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