Today’s a special day – not just because it’s my daughter-in-law’s birthday – that would make it special enough! But today’s also the fifth birthday of this site.
Almost 10 years ago my friend Kevin Rhoads was telling me about a new way to communicate that had become really popular – something called “blogging,” which was short for “web log.” “It’s sort of like an online journal,” he said.
Hmmph. Knowing the kind of stuff I usually put in my journal, my first reaction was, “That’s a crazy idea. Who would want to read that?”
Then a couple of years later I wrote a book for a 40-day church campaign, complete with videos and teaching sessions, called LifeVesting. You can read the back story here. After that, I was looking for ideas to keep the momentum and to expand the message that was in that book.
It was then that I was introduced, I think by Kevin again, to Seth Godin’s blog, and I was hooked as a reader and inspired as a writer. So that’s how a blog can help.
So on October 12, 2007, the LifeVesting site was launched. Five years into it, this is post number 780. Through a wide variety of ideas, rants, thinking-by-writing, and a few pictures along the way, the central theme remains the same: Your life can be better tomorrow than it is today. You can create your future, solve problems, impact eternity, and really live today.
This was never intended to be just a blog site, and I’m excited about new plans that are coming. Soon, Lord willing, I will be developing the “web site” side of this ministry in which we offer a newly-rewritten LifeVesting book, other books and media, and live and online seminars. In addition to that, we are already working on a web site for The LifeVesting Group, our professional counseling and coaching ministry. More on that very soon.
But today we celebrate. Or at least I do, and you get to peer in. In thinking about what I could share in terms of a “best of” or “most popular,” I found a plug-in that helps me know how often different posts have been shared on Facebook, Twitter, or Google-Plus by you, the readers. There could be many reasons why somebody clicks on a post or page, but only one reason they would share it – it must have meant something to them and they wanted others to see it as well.
So here’s a countdown of the top 11 most-shared posts over the past five years (there was a tie for 10th). Please click on a few of these – maybe you can see what the excitement was all about. (Of course, feel free to share them again!) [click to continue…]