Never Miss Any of the Wanderings

If you’re a Facebook user, you might have noticed posts from this blog and my other one (1000 Reasons I Love You) showing up on Facebook with a little RSS symbol next to them. Thanks to a handy little site called, when I post on either of these blogs, it will be automagically (that’s right) posted on my Facebook page. So if you’re using Facebook, you should never have to miss out on any my posts, whether you want to or not.

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12 Posts in One Day?

In the span of a few hours this evening, twelve new blog posts showed up on this site.

No, I haven’t been hacked and reading this blog isn’t going to cause you to get emails from Nigerian princes. I’ve just taken some time to consolidate all of my various dead blogs into this one blog. I’ve taken all the posts from my old Xanga page, my MySpace blog, and even an article or two that I wrote for online magazines, and added them here as posts.

They’re dated according to their original post date, so that’s where they’ll show up in the archives. Now if somebody decides they want to read everything I’ve written online (bless you, good person), they can do that in one place. Happy reading!

Edit: Make that 18 posts in one day. In 2008, I did most of my blogging on my youth ministry’s blog. That site is gone now, but I still found all the articles that weren’t announcements and added them too.

I May Have Found My Audience

Thanks to a handy little Facebook application that I discovered today, I have new reason to continue blogging. Using NetworkedBlogs, you can follow this blog on Facebook and get updates every time I make a new post. So basically, I will know that people are at least somewhat aware of my blog, and that’s all the motivation I need to keep writing.

Needy? Nah… let’s just say my little boy’s need to be the center of attention is something he comes by honestly. Speaking of my little entertainer, I love this video.

25 Random Things About Me

From my Facebook notes

Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person/people who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because I want to know more about you.

(To do this, go to “Notes” in the tab section on your Profile page, paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right-hand corner), and then click publish.)

1. When I was in kindergarten, I used to tell people that I wanted to be a paleontologist, both because I thought dinosaurs were cool and because it was fun to impress people with the big word that I knew.
2. I currently have 9,276 songs on my iPod from every genre imaginable.
3. I can eat an entire bag of Doritos in one sitting and only feel a little guilty about it.
4. I’ve always been a fan of the 60s and 70s, but I’ve recently started developing a kind of nostalgic infatuation with the 1980’s, the decade of my childhood
5. I wrote a weekly op-ed column for my hometown newspaper throughout my senior year of high school and I still have most of the articles on my laptop.
6. I meet Alanna the summer before my senior year in high school and knew I was going to marry her long before graduation came.
7. I love designing graphics for the youth group. It’s the perfect mix of computer geekiness and my artsy side.
8. Being a dad is really a lot of fun.
9. Being a dad means that other people’s bodily functions frequently take center stage in my day-to-day life.
10. I really enjoy trying new foods… I actually occasionally get hungry while watching Bizarre Foods on the Travel Channel.
11. I’m one of the few guys I know that likes taking personality tests. Maybe that’s part of my personality (INFP, phlegmatic).
12. I tend to overthink things… it’s taking me a long time to finish this list!
13. My wife is smarter than me, but I’ve come to accept that.
14. When I was in high school and college, most of my close friends were girls.
15. Ben makes me laugh at least a couple of hundred times a day. He loves to dance.
16. I love being a youth minister. I feel like I’m still figuring out how to do it as I go along, but I love getting to hang out with the youth and getting to know them.
17. I stay up late most nights after everyone else in the house is asleep working on stuff for church or just playing video games.
18. I like scary movies although it’s been a while since I’ve found one that actually scared me.
19. I just spent $20 on a pound of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee while I was in the The Bahamas and I feel like that was a great deal. I’m definitely a coffee snob.
20. I’ve worked in three different coffee shops (Bubba’s Bagels, Panera Bread, and Grounds and Sounds) and that’s what made me into a coffee snob.
21. I have a weird sense of humor that tends to come out more when I’m writing than when I’m talking.
22. Family meals at my parents’ house are big fun. Everyone’s cracking jokes and laughing so much that it takes forever to eat.
23. I was an English minor in college. I really love writing and wish I would do it more often, but I can’t spell to save my life.
24. I know nothing about sports. Seriously. Last year I forgot that the Super Bowl was happening.
25. When I was younger I wanted to be like Jim Carrey so I practiced making goofy faces in the mirror… now I’ve got Ben doing it with me!