These are the highest viewed blog posts from Doctrine On Tap this year. It’s always interesting for me to see lists like these, because they’re usually not the blog posts I would have chosen to be popular! Sometimes posts you work hard on and have high hopes for bomb, while the more impulsive posts strike a nerve. I can probably guess why some resonated with people more–the last two have to do with my pastor’s daughter, Daisy Love. A lot of us were blogging then. The first two deal with calling and purpose, which I imagine hits a felt need in us all. But who knows? Sometimes a post shows up in someone’s reader at the right moment. But without further ado, here are my top five most viewed blog posts of 2013.
Starting the list at #5, this post is about God’s calling. More specifically his timing, which is like a two-dollar bill: hard to find.
#4 is for those of you who dream.
I was surprised that this one made the list. People must be very interested in the ins and outs of Bible translation! Or maybe they were frustrated because I wasn’t using the ESV in sermons. Anyhow, this clocked in at #3
I wrote #2 on the list after Daisy Love’s memorial. It was about my last interaction with her–one I’ll never forget.
I wrote this blog after seeing my pastor grieve over his daughter through three rounds of cancer, and again when she passed away. In the midst of that, there were thousands around the world who grieved with him, and prayed for him. But not everyone was sensitive or compassionate. I wrote this blog after observing some of the worst responses to cancer. Apparently it struck a nerve with a few people, because it is not only the most viewed blog post of 2013, but the most viewed post of all time…
Do you blog? What are some of your top posts? Or if you don’t blog, what are some of the best that you’ve read this year?
I recently spent seven days in New York City with my wife. We went through an entire week without having a real conversation with anyone, though we often tried. The subways of an urban sprawl are always particularly humorous to me—you are literally shoulder-to-shoulder, but no one looks up, no one speaks, and there is even an unspoken rule that making prolonged eye contact with anyone on a train is creepy. Even the social constructs keep us in isolation! The irony of a metropolitan city, it’s been said, is that you can be surrounded by millions of people, and still feel lonely.
The same is true with social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and even blogs like this. The noticeable difference with social media, however, is the lack of face time. Your 600+ “friends” can fool you into feeling well connected, but without any real human contact, aren’t you just walking into the subway with your head down?
What do you think… does social media help our generation connect or further isolate us?
We live in an era that demands just decision-making. We’re in an age where the weak can speak up on occasion. And the world is asking a lot of questions about…well, stuff that never used to get questioned.
Look at some of the biggest events on the web this year.
- Cairo, Egypt. In January 2011, an uprising begins to form which results in the ousting of a President (Hosni Mubarak), an unprecedented outcome in thousands of years of Egyptian civilization.
- Occupy Wall Street. People get inspired by what happens in Egypt and begin to protest the richest in the nation, arguing that the rest of the American population must have a voice in the direction of the country.
- John Pike. The reputation of a decorated lieutenant is forever roasted in his eight minute abuse of authority on the campus of UC Davis.
- Penn State. No one saw this coming…well, except for a few whose careers are now over, as well as the lives ruined.
In each of these recent implosions, a person, corporation, or company is being made accountable, after being fueled by a firestorm of social media.
- The revolution in Egypt was fueled Twitter and Facebook users to organize their protests.
- The Occupy movement was (and is) heavily organized by the famous Twitter hashtag #OccupyWallstreet
- John Pike’s fate was sealed by one short YouTube video.
- The news of Paterno’s firing at Penn State in the middle of the Sandusky scandal was quickly spread “via students’ cellphones” before the chaos ensued.
Without arguing whether the results or methods of these outbursts are right, I do want to call attention to the organizational power of social media to bring people to a new level of accountability.
I’ve already remarked on ways social media can aid a Christian being on mission.
Are there any ways we can redeem the powerful influence of social media? Should we even try?
In July, I blogged why I think Christians should use Twitter.
A few weeks later, I blogged ways I use Twitter to get information that pertains to my niche.
Now I’ve compiled a list of short articles showing how we can use Twitter to relate to others in the Tweet culture. In other words, how NOT to be annoying (one of the first steps of being missional, right?).
It should take you less than 30 minutes to read through them, they’re that short.
How to stand out
- 5 more tips to get noticed
- 5 secrets of visibility
- Engaging people
- How to be social
- The best times to Tweet?
How to be interesting
How to be an utter failure
- 7 things not to do
- Twitter etiquette
- 11 ways to upset your followers
- 10 ways to ruin your reputation
General tips and hints
Thanks to @Tweetsmarter for helping me find much of this content.