Few readers of Christian blogs will have failed to come across Tim Challies, the uberblogger who will shortly become a Crossway-published book author. In fact, I’m almost willing to bet that no one will first hear of Tim’s blog through this post. If I’m wrong, do leave a comment to that effect and/or drop me an email! Anyway, Tim has a bit of a tradition over at his place. Unlike lesser mortals such as yours truly, Tim blogs EVERY day. I really do mean EVERY day. Christmas, Easter, summer holidays—in fact, Tim has now blogged for 1396 days without a single day off!
So, like around twenty others, when I saw a group on Facebook dedicated to a campaign to give Tim a short rest, I simply had to join. Then I saw that Tim’s pastor and wife had joined, and for a while, to be honest, I was getting a bit concerned. If one’s pastor and wife are telling you it’s time for a rest, you ought to listen. So, I even offered to send Andrew Fountain round to steal Tim’s PC for a day or two! I know from personal experience how addictive the Internet can be, even when we are doing good things.
Anyway, Aileen Challies, wife of Tim, is also a Facebook friend of mine, and I was therefore really pleased to be able to discover that she had joined the group out of a sense of fun, rather than any real concern about her husband’s addiction to blogging. This is what she said (she’s given me permission to share it):
“You need to understand Tim’s personality. For a long time he was not a disciplined person . . . and his attention span has always been well, flighty? That is one reason blogging has been so good for him. It allows him to stay in web design because blogging, and everything else associated with it, gives him a variety of things happening, which stops him from being bored. It has also been a vital part of his spiritual growth over the last four years. Blogging truly has turned my husband into a much stronger man and husband. He thirsts now after God’s will and Word in a way that he never has in the twelve years I have known him. I’m not sure most people could carry what Tim does with the reading, writing and research, and work, and, of course, family, but it is necessary with his personality! He does read fast, writes in the mornings, from about 8:30 to 10:00 (one benefit of being self-employed) and still has plenty of family time. While I can understand where the concern is coming from (outside looking in) you all really need to spend a day in the life of our family to see that it is not anywhere near what you are imagining!”
My blog editor has started another group on Facebook to campaign for Tim to keep going and not miss a single day! It’s called “I need my daily dose of Challies!” How could she????