I don’t like to blow my own horn. I don’t even like to call attention to when someone else is blowing it. Still, since you readers and commenters are a big part of what makes this blog work, I can’t resist passing this along.
Tim Challies has a BIG blog, with like a million-reads-per-month. Whenever he links to something I post, my readership statistics shoot up into the stratosphere. So it’s gratifying that he listed me as one of his seven “blogging heroes” for 2011. I appreciate what he says about this blog, since he describes exactly what I’ve been trying to do (among other things):
Cranach – Gene Veith has been blogging for quite some time, but it was really 2011 that showed me how valuable his site is. He has a knack for finding interesting material and highlighting it. He often finds material that the rest of us are overlooking. He does it well and I hope he just keeps doing it!
While we are in this self-congratulatory mode, let’s reflect. This blog is remarkable for the diversity of its readership and the range of opinions they bring. Yes, mostly Lutheran–though even with that agreement there are lots of different views on issues–but also other kinds of conservative Christians, along with atheists, liberal theologians, and the occasional Muslim. Politically we have the whole gamut: conservatives of many different strains, but also liberals and libertarians and my quasi-socialist brother. And on nearly every subject that comes up, from law to quantum physics, it seems that we have an expert in the audience.
What’s remarkable to me is that we have this range of views in this harshly polarized cultural climate and yet our discussions generally stay at a very high level. (Sometimes they get too heated and personal, usually around comment #100, but even this is tamer than what you will find on most blogs.)
So let me ask: Why do you read this blog? What do you get out of it?