Coming Up: Christmas Carol Contest

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Just a reminder: the day after Thanksgiving, our Second Annual Christmas Carol contest begins. We greatly enjoyed it last year; and if there was ever a year in which we need to proclaim the birth of Jesus Christ Our Lord, 2020 is it.

The prize, an autographed book, will go to whoever requests the carol that gets the most views on the day it was requested. It’ll require some alert score-keeping on my part, but it’ll be worth it. The tricky thing about that is, the score can change repeatedly. But that’s fun, too.

I’m open to suggestions, though, in case any of you have a better idea.

The contest ends Dec. 31–unless popular demand moves me to extend the deadline.

And of course everyone is welcome to enter as many times as he or she pleases.

Now I’m Really Confused

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Somewhere there must be someone who can explain this.

For the second half of 2019 and the first half of 2020, this blog was really trucking. We were actually within reach of 12,000 views in a month. But then we had a major Internet outage at the end of June, and from then on, my viewership numbers just kept falling and falling.

Then, for no reason I’ve been able to detect, October finished strong and the first half of November has come on like gangbusters. Five days with over 400 views! Eighteen days in a row with 300 or better. What’s goin’ on here? I study the stats carefully: no indication that anything I’ve posted has gone viral.

But then again, it is 2020, the year the locusts have eaten to the ground, and my blog hasn’t been the only thing not working. At least it seems to have recovered!

Pray for our country to recover–and soon. Pray for the fear merchants to lose their hold on us.

Writer’s Workday

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Some of you have expressed curiosity about what a writer actually does. Well, here’s a recap of my workday yesterday.

*Before breakfast, put up two blog posts to get the day rolling.

*After breakfast, two or three more posts, at least one of which will require some thought.

*Go outside and write as much of my book as I can.

*Two more blog posts.

*Write Newswithviews column.

*After supper, post a critter video.

This schedule doesn’t leave me a lot of time for deep-sea marlin fishing, high-stakes gambling, amateur bull-fighting, or an interminable train of amours. We are all trying to live down Hemingway. And contrary to popular belief, drink and drugs do not sharpen your creativity. Neither does college.

Emergency Norbert (with Prayer)

Some of us have not been feeling well lately (I name no names, because I haven’t been asked to, yet). Well, a minute or two with Norbert the therapy dog won’t hurt

Please join me in prayer for those of our number who need it now. O Lord our God, please bless our little circle of friends, especially those of us who need healing right now. This past week has been inordinately stressful for us all. We pray for Jesus’ healing touch, in Jesus’ name: Amen.

Two Birthdays! Patty and ‘Weavingword’

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Birthdays are important, and we shouldn’t stop celebrating them just because we aren’t children anymore.

Today it’s my wife, Patty, and our esteemed colleague, Allison, whom most of us know as ‘Weavingword’–these are the birthday girls today. Two on the same day. I wish we had a chorus line of quokkas.

Kindred spirits are a gift of God. Of course we celebrate their birthdays! I only wish we had more of them on the list.

If you’d like your birthday celebrated here, please just let us know.

 

Happy Birthday, Watchman!

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Holy Cow, we’re two days late for Watchman’s birthday! Most sincere apologies–it was that confounded election, big distraction: everyone here is mortified. We hate to forget the important things!

Byron the Birthday Quokka, all togged up in a hurry: belated birthday greetings, O Watchman!

*To all readers: If you’d like to see your birthday celebrated here (provided some gavone here remembers to look at the list!), just let us know when it is.

It’s not just a blog–it’s a fellowship.

Heads Up! Christmas Carol Contest Coming Soon

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It’s way too early to have another comment contest. We have almost 67,000 comments, and the next logical target has to be 70,000. We also have over half a million views, so we’ll have to do something special to mark 1 million views, if we ever get there.

But it’s almost time to start our annual Christmas Carol Contest, which ought to begin the day after Thanksgiving. I’m thinking the prize ought to go to whoever first requests the carol that winds up with the most views–not so easy to keep track of, so we’re open to a better idea, if anybody has one. But I think we should be able to manage it.

Leftid killjoys want to ban Christmas, so let’s show them what we think of that.

Join Our Fellowship!

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Y’know something? No matter which way the election goes, we’re going to be in for some hair-raising times. And we will need Christian fellowship.

If the Democrats win, fasten your seat-belt: we’re headed for tribulation, worse than anything that’s ever been seen in America. But if we can succeed in re-electing President Trump, don’t expect the enemy to go away quietly. They’ll be coming after us with all they’ve got left.

For prayer, for encouragement, for exhortation, for friendship, for Bible study, for instruction, and even for fun–we can do those things here, don’t you think? Well, we’ve been doing them. All I’m sayin’ today is, there’s room for a lot more of you. And you don’t have to be an American to be with us. We love our respective countries, but we’re all citizens of a greater one–the Kingdom of Heaven.

We’d love to hear your comments, we’d love to hear your questions. We’d love to take your prayer and hymn requests.

This is a time when we have to hang together: the devil’s out there gunning for us.

More WordPress Weirdness

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There must be someone out there in computerland who can explain this to me.

Last night I checked my viewing stats: 261 views. We then watched a long movie. Two hours later, I checked the stats again: still 261 views. Not a single view added. But–!

Somehow a bunch of Likes and comments got added, without any more views. How could that happen? But it gets weirder than than. A lot of those comments were made by Tammy on a post that went up back on Oct. 1. Why were they re-running these?

I’m still losing 1,000 views a month, compared to last year and the first half of this year, and I still don’t know what’s going on. When I ask WordPress I just get a lot of techie lingo that might as well be Rongo-Rongo boards to me. I have asked for explanations in plain English, but haven’t gotten any.

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(In case you never heard of Rongo-Rongo: It comes from Easter Island, and no one knows how to read it.)

Anyway, I’m wondering if WordPress actually counts the views as they come in, or if there’s some kind of glitch they’re not telling us about–and it gives me a highly uneasy feeling about the elections coming up, in which “Vote by Mail!” is to play a major role. And probably a corrupt role, at that.

Which all leads to a bigger question: Does our hi-tech stuff still work? Really? Or are they only pretending it does?

Running on Empty

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Yeesh, am I tired today! It’s even tiring to write about how tired I am.

What can I do to bring in readers? I mean, I don’t have even the ghost of an idea in my head just now. I feel like someone who has to convince others that Nancy Pelosi should be president. Where do you even begin?

Well, let me see if I can come up with anything…