Friday, January 30, 2015

Four Years as a Blogging Hack

Yesterday was the fourth "birthday" of this venerable and highly respected blog that nobody reads. I've been "celebrating" by looking back at some of the really old posts. They reveal many interesting things, such as the following:
(1) This is my 940th post on the Never Give Up blog.
(2) Wow! This is my NINE HUNDRED AND FORTIETH blog post!!! That's a lot of blogging. At this point, I suppose I should accept the fact that I am a "blogger" in the most respectable sense of the term (which is, of course, "not very..."). Anyway, I'll need some special bells and whistles for the one thousandth post, which will probably come around Easter time this year.
(3) This blog, which I envisioned (in part) as a kind of continuation of the book Never Give Up: My Life and God's Mercy (still worth reading and still on sale right here *CLICK*), is now about four times longer than the original book!
(4) I have about a half dozen themes that I write about continually, often repeating the same thoughts and even the same words. Oh well... this is my workshop for reflection, writing, and (increasingly) digital photography and graphics. There's a lot of sawdust around.
(5) There is also some really good stuff here. I should put the good stuff together in a way that would make it accessible to more readers.
(6) I need an editor. I really need an editor. Oh boy, do I need an editor.
(7) The kids have grown ridiculously since this blog started. Oh my!
(8) My growth in the "spiritual life" in the last four years has been zero. I mean ZERO. ZILCH. NADA! NA-DA.... well, that's the way it seems. If anything good is happening, I can't take credit for it!
(9) But I know the Lord is doing His part and He has His own measure for the work He is doing in me. I ask Him to give me the grace to let Him change me and to cooperate with His mercy so that I might grow in trust and love.
Anyway, I thought it would fun and interesting to do a screenshot of the first two posts, both under the date of January 29, 2011. In those days, I was one of those guys-who-post-about-sports on social media sites (I still am, but not as much). So here was my attempt to explain myself, along with the initial post that launched the blog in response to the encouragement of some friends and old students.

Four years and one day ago:


Jenn~Henn said...

Stupid thing deleted my first comment. Argh.

Anyway, thanks for this timely post. I haven't really been following your blog, or anyone's, much lately, but I think it is time I started. Your book is going on my reading list; I think it will help me make some sense, or at least provide inspiration, to help me with what I'm dealing with now.

Thank you.

José Tomás said...

Hey, it's not true that nobody reads this blog, and you know that! :-)

And there is nothing wrong in repeating the same things again and again.

The book I read almost continually, to which I go back again and again when I am discouraged (i.e. most of the time) is Caussade's "Abandonment to Divine Providence", which is not much more than the exhaustive repetition of the same simple idea for more some 300 pages...

John Janaro said...

Hi Jenn-Henn, I hope some of my writing will be helpful for you in some way. And I'll do my best to address any questions you may have. God bless you!

John Janaro said...

Hi Jose, you are right, of course. I'm very glad people read. It is a blessing to be able to share things with you all. I think that the themes we reflect upon here are worth revisiting. For me it's an ongoing meditation that I need to continue to help me remember the grace and mercy of Jesus. May the Lord bless you!