Post #1000 on Reading Acts

1000 CandlesThis month Reading Acts celebrated its fifth anniversary. When I started, I was averaging about 4 hits a day for the first few months. This blog now gets about 500 hits a day and it is fast approaching 500,000 hits since 2008. On September 1, 2008 Reading Acts published its first post, “Why Acts?” I originally set up this blog as a supplement to my preaching through the Book of Acts at Rush Creek Bible Church. My plan was to offer a few thoughts before and after I preached on a particular text in Acts. After the series concluded, I kept the blog going, expanding to Pauline Theology and other New Testament topics.

Book reviews have become a major part of the life of Reading Acts. I enjoy reading and need to stay current in the literature of Biblical studies, so I relish the opportunity to review books regularly for the blog. I have also started posted some of my book reviews to

1000 Candles 2But this post represents another milestone as well – this is post #1000. For some bloggers, a thousand posts is a couple of months of work, but for me, this is a big deal. Bloggers seem to use 1000 posts as an indication of some level of success. After a thousand posts, most of which are substantial attempts at writing on the New Testament, I think that I can call Reading Acts a “success.”  Well, it survived into a fifth year, and that alone is special in the blogging world.

I want to use post #1000 to comment on blogging in general, and more specifically Biblio-blogging.  I agree with Michael Hyatt’s observation that blogging helps clarify one’s thinking. It is harder to writer 500 words on a topic that 5000.  Most of my posts are 500 to 750 words, so that represents quite a bit of work (even though I have re-posted a few times!) But most of what I have done on this blog has helped me to express a thought or idea better in a lecture for class or in a Bible study or sermon at my church. Some bloggers write therapeutically, but I can’t do that.

For me, this blog is something of a scratch pad for ideas that might develop into a longer article or book at some point in the future. While I understand a blog as “published,” it is still (in my mind) less substantial than a book. IO have had students ask me how to cite my blog in their paper. That is a bit intimidating since I am not sure I want to stand behind my research on a blog post the same as I might a full length book. And I am fully aware of the many students use this site for their homework since I see Google searches that are obviously cut and pasted from assignments! I hope that what is offered here is a first step in research and encourages readers to dig a little deeper (and I do not mean wikipedia!)

I am looking forward to another great year on Reading Acts, thanks to everyone who regularly reads the blog.  I do appreciate your interest and comments. And now for the next 1000 posts…

5 thoughts on “Post #1000 on Reading Acts

  1. I’m am avid blog follower (I follow about 50 blogs) and yours is my favorite. Keep up the good work.

  2. Congratulations on the 1000th blog post! You are doing a great job by giving us ( your students and other readers) great stuff to read and reflect on. I can see these blogs being a great source for other projects and knowledge for the future. Keep it up. You are doing a great job.

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