Works in Progress

I’ve been looking over my ongoing projects here and taking stock of things. I’ve posted the second Reflections study on my website, so now Colossians and 1,2 and 3 John are available for download, with 1 & 2 Peter in progress, and Galatians, Hebrews and Philippians after that.  I also have to write a Women’s Bible Study on Forgiveness for She Who Must Be Obeyed who needs it by June 1st.  I’ve also begun a new feature, “Photo of the Week” which is really easy as long as I don’t forget to post it, and I have another feature I’ll probably start later in the week that should be fun.

My most urgent project is to figure out what to blog about next, since Philippians is done!  I was looking over my blog stats to see if I can figure out what kinds of things attract the most people to The Life Project, and I discovered something interesting. The most popular post I’ve had over the last 12 months is “Why I DON’T use King James“! I posted that one on March 31 and it has as of  Tuesday afternoon, 99 likes, 114 comments and over 500 views.  That may be nothing on your blog, but it’s #1 around here.  Then, I checked all time stats and it fell into fourth place, with the most popular post of all time on this blog being “Remembering Martin Van Buren” posted back in December of 2011 with well over 2,000 views. I had no idea that many people remembered old “Matty Van”!   Well, they remembered him, but only 8 liked the post!

Looking more carefully, I noticed that what people really seem to like and want to read is controversy and rants.

So, what does this tell me…?  Not sure.

OK, that isn’t true at all, I am quite sure!  If I do a bunch of posts and poke other people in the eye, figuratively of course, I’ll get way more traffic and lots of follows. Maybe I could be “Harsh Reality” some day.  I’d be good at that, too. In fact, I’m a pro at that sort of thing; literally.

The only thing is that I’m not sure how that would serve the Kingdom, how it would share the love of Christ.

Well, I’m going to have to decide on another book, I’m thinking maybe James. I bet I can get into some trouble doing that one!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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21 Responses to Works in Progress

  1. I love James!!! My vote is there!! 🙂

  2. paulfg says:

    Hope this doesn’t sound too creepy. Every single book you have opened for me has been a joy. Every single book you are guided to open for us – I know will be a joy. That’s god guidance!

    • Don Merritt says:

      Thanks Paul. I’ve always found that writing and speaking are easy once you have a topic… and having the topic is really hard. I’d like to do a gospel, with John as first choice, but I have a couple of commitments that would make that tough at the moment, as John would take several months. Revelation would be another possibility, but those commitments would make it tough to handle the volume of hate mail I’d get, so I’d miss out on the amusing part; need short ones for a while…

      • paulfg says:

        I will lurk quietly in expectation!

      • katebortell says:

        I too struggle more with WHAT to write about and not what to say once i figure it out.
        The hate mail comment made me laugh. Not at you but at how you say it so matter of factly. I have gotten two comments that were not nice since i started and i deleted them immediately with a humph! Lol. Later i figured i could have replied but why ?? Ya know?

        Anyway whichever direction u take us in next will be great so get on with it man! Lol!! 😃

        • Don Merritt says:

          When I first started this, I didn’t see any reason to moderate the comments. About 2 weeks in, I got one full of 4 letter words from a guy who had a blog that was basically “I hate Christians” so I deleted his sophisticated remarks and set it for moderation of everything as it is to this day. I just trash ’em if they have 4 letter words and forget them. The real “hate mail” comes as emails, got a great one yesterday as a matter of fact. Many of those I suspect have to do with people recognizing me from politics, even though I had a pretty low profile. If they are challenging my exegesis, I do try to do them justice in a rely, and don’t tell anybody, but I kind of enjoy those. Anyway, yes I’m getting on with it and will post a dramatic announcement later so I can buy time to get a few posts ahead. Thanks Katie, I really did like your post this morning!

  3. tellthetruth1 says:

    Don, have ya done one on Jude yet? I could do with it, if you don’t mind me saying so.


    You also may get a great deal of enjoyment out of it. I truly do love this book. Especially when I think deeply on James being a half brother of Jesus. There is a lot to learn from his writing especially on how we live our lives today. Go for it my friend you are a great writer. Do have an awesome day.

    • Don Merritt says:

      James is an awesome book, no doubt about that, and it will be great fun… and of course it’s one of those books that seems new every time I go trough it. Thanks for your kind words, they mean a great deal coming from as effective a teacher as yourself Pastor Davis! All blessings to you!

  5. Nate says:

    Is it just me or is it sad that the controversy and rants get the most attention? Perhaps I understand in the world of entertainment but perhaps not so much on Christian based blogs.

    • Don Merritt says:

      It is sad, but it’s human nature. I remember being surprised back in college when we learned in a writing class that even in a romance, there must be an identifiable conflict in every chapter, or it won’t sell, and hence won’t be published. If I wrote a post about my wonderful day, you probably wouldn’t read it! OK, here goes. I woke up happy, took a shower and made coffee. Then I felt so great I made pancakes for breakfast, my favorite kind and they turned out perfect…

      Bored yet! LOL

  6. Pam says:

    looking forward to James.

  7. Elaine says:

    James sounds good to me, too!

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