The Happy Monday posts began during the summer of 2012. The original format was based on the idea that after a weekend of going out for family and social gatherings, sporting events and church activities people might need a little encouragement and to catch up on news or happenings. The first two or three weekly posts featured a metal count from the summer Olympic games. While the goal was to help readers start their week off right, sometimes the posts leaned a little heavy on the news. One friend in real life told me that when he read the post he didn’t see much to be happy about. Over a few months the format morphed into the a regular template we follow pretty closely: an opening bit, a welcome line or sometimes just the post number, an Old Testament verse, New Testament verse, two inspiring quotations usually featuring at least one Christian author or personality, usually a Coffee with Jesus comic strip to transition from the serious into the silly stuff, then up to four memes, cartoons or cute aminals to put smiles on faces. Mondays are tough, we do what we can.
A couple of years ago I had a prolific week and posted a lot more than usual. I wanted to do some sort of week-in-review post that included links to everything I had written that week. It took a few weeks to settle on a good working title, Satur-deja Vu, which suggests maybe you’ve seen these things before and maybe not. Some things are worth reading or watching a second time. I have not kept up the habit of posting new content daily but Satur-deja Vu picks up some of the news and personal interest stories that Happy Monday got away from. I used to post a read and share file with lots of links in an attempt to be a one stop shop for people that didn’t have time to read the entire internet each week. I didn’t have time either. So the deja vu posts are shorter than Paul Wilkinson’s Wednesday Link List and Daniel Jepson’s Saturday Brunch but do cover a range of topics, a little bit of news, and hopefully some personal interest stories combined with a little bit of my real life. I enjoy sharing them and hope a few people enjoy following along.
WordPress recently informed me that I have been blogging for 13 years. I have been an SBC pastor for the past six and you can find an RSS feed at the top left from the website of Unity Baptist Church. While I don’t write as many long form blog posts as I used to, you can listen to sermons and follow my teaching/preaching ministry. Don’t forget that the Our Daily Bread and Bible Gateway verse of the day widgets are updated daily in the left-hand sidebar. I will continue to share Internet Monk Radio podcasts until I run out, which will not happen for several months.
Blogging has changed over the years with many of us spending time on social media each day. I’m trying to hang in there and offer thanks to everyone hanging in there with me.