All I can say after the last week of activity on The Fat Pastor is, “wow.” On November 15, I posted the blog called “Err on the Side of Grace.” My faceb0ok status that day told my 72 followers that the blog had just reached 70,000 views. A few days later I posted “Congratulations Coach,” my commentary on the Penn State tragedy. A few days later I sent that into a newspaper in hopes of being selected as their “Guest Sports Columnist,” a gig which would have given me a sports column every five weeks for an unknown amount of time.
Then one night I decided to create a picture. I worked on it for a few hours. I agonized over the wording of it (I had about four different versions before going with the Micah 6:8 version). I posted it, shared it and then something amazing happened. In the 12 days since posting it, over 68,000 people have come to The Fat Pastor. It took one day for December 2011 to be the second busiest month on this blog. In this short time period I’ve added over 800 FB fans and 125 email subscribers. The picture I created has been shared 837 times.
So now I have this new following, and I can’t help but think, “I’ve written some good stuff before that picture.” It also kind of bothers me that the most popular blog I’ve ever written “Happy Holidays,” is also the sharpest, angriest blog I’ve ever written. I’ve written 197 other blogs, and some of them (I think) have been pretty good.
So this post is for all the new followers. Consider it my “Greatet Hits.” They might not be the most popular blogs I’ve written, but they are a few that tell the full story of what this site is all about.
And it Was Still Hot – Where the Wild Things Are was my favorite book as a boy, and this was my reflection about the movie before it was released.
Doug Rees – My wife and I saw Doug in a very intimate concert, and had a great time. It was a night of great music, and the beginning of a friendship.
Come to the feast – What does it mean to “do this in remembrance of me”?
10 years later in a 9/12 world – A reflection on the 10th anniversary of 9/11
Translators Needed – To speak the gospel to a new generation, we need to know the language.
USA! USA! – A response to the death of Osama Bin Laden