New Year’s resolutions for this blog

I haven’t had time to monitor comments very closely, but I resolve to do so.  I also resolve to bring back this blog’s reputation for friendly, thoughtful, and welcoming discussions.  I resolve to delete comments that are off topic.  I resolve to delete personal attacks, mean-spirited cuts, and vicious asides.   If you find a comment offensive, flag it, whereupon my general policy will be to automatically delete it.   I don’t want to ban anybody if I can avoid it, nor will I censor substantive ideas.  You can disagree, but you are going to have to be kind, non-offensive, and on topic if you want your comments to go through.

I’ll probably fail at these resolutions as I do with others (especially when I’m really busy), but I’m going to give it a try with your help and co-operation.

The best predictions for 2013

It’s New Year’s Eve, time for our annual review of the predictions made by the readers of this blog back on the last New Year’s Day.  Check them yourself here.  Though they were mostly wrong, there were some good guesses and some that were right on target.  No one will get stoned for making a mistake, though this is legal now in Colorado and Washington state.

My analysis and the announcement of the big winners after the jump. [Read more...]

Looking backwards, looking forwards

The week building up to New Year’s is a good time to look back at the year that has passed.  We’ll be doing that on this blog over the next week, among other things, with your help.  Then we’ll look forward to the new year ahead.  And that will bring us to a celebrated and notorious feature of this blog:  the year’s predictions.  On New Year’s Eve, we will check the predictions that you readers made last year and see who takes the virtual prize of glory for the most astute prognostication that came true.  Then on New Year’s Day, we will make predictions for 2014, which will be checked on the last day of that year (if we last that long).  So be thinking about what’s going to happen!

The winning thread

I’m back home after two weeks, having taken my vacation and then going to the Consortium for Classical Lutheran Education conference, trying to get back to normal.  Thanks to everyone who posted comments on those general categories while I was incommunicado.  There were some good discussions.  As I promised, I will announce a winner for the person who started a thread with the most comments.  According to my informal, non-counting analysis (correct me if you want to count), the virtual imaginary prize goes to Theological discussions (278 comments) and the thread started by PETE on Baptism. [Read more...]

I’m back

Thanks for holding down the blog for me while I was gone.  It looks like you did a good job of keeping things going.  What do y0u need me for?  Since I was bereft of computer, cell phone, newspaper, and television, I have no idea what has gone on the past week.  I look forward to reading your posts and comments to get up to date.  I’ll do that when I have time, and I’ll also proclaim the winning discussions.  How good it was to get away, but the last few days I started to feel the need to be productive.  And my time away (maybe I’ll tell you more about it) has given me more ideas to blog about, so stay tuned.

What to do while I’m away

This week I will be on vacation far away from internet connections and cell phone towers.  I know, though, how important your daily Cranach fix is, and I do not want to throw off your routines.  So I am going to put together a structure that will draw on you readers to keep this blog going while I am away.  We will do so by taking advantage of the much-maligned Disqus commenting system.

I will post categories of topics that we usually discuss here.  If you have something that you would like this vast and talented community of readers to take up, post it as a comment, along with any necessary links.  To talk about it, hit “reply,” so that the discussion will be nested below the subject.  If you have a different subject you want to discuss, post that as a comment, and other people will “reply” to form a nested thread.

If this works the way I hope it does, not only will the blog be kept up to date, we will cover even more subjects than we usually do!  (We will heap virtual honors on the commenter who provokes the discussion with the most replies.)  Thank you in advance for filling in for me.

 

 

 


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