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Putting this thing on ice

Friday, October 7th, 2011

This blog appeared in June 2007.  At the time it seemed blogging was something that most of the 6 billion-ish inhabitants of the planet would shortly be doing, so I might as well jump in earlier rather than later.

In these 4 1/2 years I have never really figured out why I was keeping at this blogging thing.  I’ve considered focusing on a specific area of interest – such as my Christian faith, or science, or the intersection of faith and science – but have rather chosen to blog about whatever was on my mind on any given day.  That worked for me the first couple of years, but lately I have gradually lost interest.  Or maybe its just laziness, or a general re-ordering of priorities, or the feeling that my face-to-face relationships matter more than my need to let the world know what I think of the latest news or online debate,

Whatever the reason(s), with my blog posts down to one every couple of months, I have decided to put Philgrim’s Blogress on ice.  Maybe it’s permanent.  Maybe someday I’ll feel inspired to resurrect it.  Meanwhile I’ll leave it online for the foreseeable future – just don’t expect fresh content.

Thanks to those of you who have dropped by from time to time over these years to read my musings, especially those who have provided feedback.

“The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
The LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’

- Numbers 6:24-26

Oh right, I have a blog

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Not that I’m feeling particularly motivated to get back to semi-regular blogging, but after almost four months, I’m kind of embarrassed at the thought that visitors to are seeing that same lame blurb about the giant hogweed.  So at the very least, this post will push that one down a bit.

And who knows, I might post again before another four months have passed.

Where seldom is heard a discouraging blog

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

I was reading another article today that seemed to categorize bloggers as miserable male malcontents with bones to pick.

It got me thinking about the blogs that I check the most often.  I do sometimes wander over to some of the political blogs, to see what’s being said about the news of the day.  However the blogs that I read the most are on my blogroll (along the right-hand side of my blog’s home page).  Those blogs are mostly maintained by people that I know personally.

For the most part they are my fellow-travellers on the journey of following Jesus Christ.

And they generally don’t fit that stereotype of the angry middle-aged curmudgeon blogger.

Take for example my cousin Sharon A. and my work-mate and church-mate Sharon K.  I don’t know a lot of people more positive than the two Sharons.

In fact, come to think of it, I’m probably closer to that stereotype than anyone on my blogroll.  Luckily most of my friends are non-judgemental.

More IE annoyance

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

A few days ago I upgraded my blog software, WordPress, to version 2.7.1.

It took me a couple of days to realize that my header image wasn’t displaying.  I was able to fix that fairly quickly.

A more serious annoyance is that, although Firefox seems to display my blog properly, Internet Explorer doesn’t.  For example my blog post of February 14 only displays up to the end of the lyrics, but doesn’t display the picture of Kip Dynamite singing to La Fawnduh, or any of my older posts.  IE also doesn’t want to display any of the stuff along the right-hand side of the page, such as the blogroll and archives.

And I really don’t feel motivated to tinker with this.  I realize that not everyone uses Firefox, but in a perfect world they would …. IMHO of course.

Two months should be enough time to comment

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

I have a pretty good spam filter (Akismet) for this blog, but now and then a spam message still gets through trying to sell Viagra or vacations to Bahamas or whatever.  Strangely enough a lot of them are commenting on a blog post that never generated any valid comments.

So eventually it occurred to my thick skull that I have the ability to turn comments off.  Rather than pick and choose, I have changed my settings to automatically disallow comments after 60 days.

Apologies to all who really really want to talk about something I posted last year.

Blog header image

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

In the approximately year-and-a-half that I’ve been blogging, I haven’t done anything about the appearance of my blog, i.e. I’ve been using the default template that comes with WordPress.

I think I’ll stick with that template for now, but I decided to add a header image, to get away from that boring blue background.  In keeping with the “Philgrim’s Blogress” title, I’ve modified an image based on John Bunyan’s classic allegory.

I’m not entirely happy with the results.  For one thing the colour seems too garish.  Also it seems too busy.

I’ll leave it there for now – but maybe I’ll ask one of my artistic kids to design a header image for me at some time in the future.

Still here …

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

… just unmotivated.

Two birthdays

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

In the last couple of days there have been two birthdays at our place.

Yesterday Janet realized that Gerard had turned 25 the previous day, so on the spur of the moment she threw a birthday party for him. Despite the late notice, it only took a few phone calls to a few of Gerard’s friends and our back yard was full. I’ve uploaded a few pictures to a gallery – click on the picture below to view them.

Gerard cutting his birthday cake

The second birthday passed with less notice. Today marks one year since the birth of my weblog. I don’t have any party pictures.

Blog drought

Sunday, May 4th, 2008

My most recent blog post was on April 22nd, almost two weeks ago.

I guess I could make excuses about how busy I’ve been, etc. However, apart from a few days in Edmonton and Minnedosa, the truth is that I just haven’t felt motivated to do this blog thing. Spring is here with a vengeance, with so many tasks around the house crying to be done, not to speak of fun things to do with the family – blogging has not been my top priority.

However I do plan to put down some impressions from the Evangelical Covenant Church of Canada’s annual conference. Plus I’ve been meaning to put down some more thoughts on creation care. Just don’t bother to check back every day – I’ll be doing well to post a couple of times a week.

Being me

Monday, April 14th, 2008

Popeye I’m the kind of guy who blends into crowds – not only am I “average” in appearance, but I tend to be fairly reserved about expressing a viewpoint in public.

So what is it that compells me to blog – and not only to stick to safe topics but jump into controversial subjects like the seal hunt and animal rights activism?

After giving that question some thought, I haven’t come up with anything more profound than the immortal words of a certain sailor man, “I YAM WHAT I YAM.