I was introduced to blogging by the original Internet Monk Michael Spencer. He was smarter than the average bear but lived in a rural community in southeastern Kentucky. Beginning just after the 2000 election he took advantage of the World Wide Web and as an early adopter of the new blogging platform quickly grew an online community of followers around the world. I had certainly never heard of a blog in 2000, back when I was accessing the internet via AOL and used their free hosting to create my own webpage. It wasn’t until after Michael started podcasting that I felt strongly enough that I had some things to say and joined WordPress in 2008. Hindsight being 20/20 blogging peaked somewhere between 2006 and 2008 so I came on board just in time to see blogging begin its decline across the board.
Regulars at The Master’s Table have probably noticed a couple of things. In the left-hand sidebar, for several years now, Our Daily Bread links and the Verse-of-the-Day from Bible Gateway are updated daily. If you click “Read Now” under the ODB header you will be directed to the current day’s devotional. It only takes a couple of minutes to read or you can click to hear it instead. If you click the Bible Gateway header image you will be directed to the Bible Gateway website. If you click the highlighted scripture reference you will taken directly to those verses on Bible Gateway. I always post ESV but you can change the translation or do side-by-side comparisons at the touch of a button. Continue reading
I know I haven’t been posting daily like I was for a while there. The goal used to be two or three posts per week. Life comes at you fast and sometimes (for weeks at a time) Happy Monday was all that got published. He is still blogging but Paul Wilkinson has not posted a Wednesday Connect in a while either. This is a busy week and I know it but I don’t want to completely fall off the wagon.
Enter Jimmy Humphrey. He doesn’t know it yet but I’m about to introduce my audience to his website and podcast. Start here: Why The Church Should NOT Focus On The Family. The title may sound more sensational than the actual post. Read the intro, listen to the podcast, we can discuss. Check out other articles and podcast episodes, find Jimmy’s Table on Facebook etc. while I help my mother move this week and get into the new school year routine. I have updated the blogroll to remove some that no longer exist or have not been updated in a while. It’s time for a fresh face. Let’s all welcome Jimmy to the table.
I recently mentioned that The Master’s Table was nearing 500 followers. It turns out that the number of WordPress followers was 497 but there are also 23 that follow via email. I only realized tonight that we have a Facebook link on the sidebar but no clear and simple way to follow the blog. There is now a follow button on the right-hand sidebar. If you are not a logged in WordPress user you can enter your email address to receive notifications of new posts. Continue reading
On Saturday I said that The Master’s Table was approaching 500 followers. It turns out that there are already over 500 followers if you include email subscribers. The number of WordPress users that follow has just hit 499 so someone out there is about to be #500.
Shame on me for writing an ambiguous title. I’ll never get why Happy Monday post #125 is the most viewed of all time would have been a bit long. But seriously what is up with that? Continue reading
The Master’s Table is not monetized and we do not run any ads whatsoever. I have inserted a disclaimer a time or two at the bottom of Happy Monday that states any ads seen were not placed by Mast Tab nor do we receive revenue from such. This blog is hosted by WordPress for free and they occasionally, as I understand it, run ads which is how they make their money. Continue reading