My Top 10 Most Popular Posts in 2012

Six of them were published prior to 2012 (one in 2009!). Three of them were published in just the last two months.

Half of them got the bulk of their visits from Google (including the one on depression). “1990” got most of its hits because people were looking for pictures from Wag the Dog. A great many of them stayed long enough to read, and hopefully were encouraged.

One of them isn’t even a post. It’s a page (my personal scripture review page). I’m guessing the readers came by way of referrals from their friends.

10. Servant Leadership

Learning to Walk (2004) by protofluxI am convinced that there is greatness in every individual who crosses my path. [April 15, 2011]

9. Letting God Peel the Onion

Onion, a photo by richard_north on Flickr.I used to feel like I was being tossed around by negative experiences. Always off balance. Never “getting it.” Until recently. Then I understood what a couple of old friends had been teaching us. [December 9, 2012]

8. Michael Hyatt: The Incarnational Principle of Leadership…

MichaelHyattJesus really did experience what we’re experiencing. We can look at his life and our life and see the differences—and the commonalities. And, with God’s help, we can make the adjustments. [November 15, 2010]

7. Doug Sherman: More Than Ordinary – Hungry for God?

DougShermanHungry for God? What does that feel like or look like? [May 20, 2011]

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Welcome to the “New” Ripe for Harvest!

A whole new look!

I’m so excited. After a lot of planning, researching, and playing around, here’s the new look.

I hope you like it…

Getting the best theme for me: Standard Theme

After researching and playing with a lot of themes, I discovered Standard Theme, with the support option. This is a theme designed by the amazing John Saddington (@tentblogger on Twitter). For a modest investment, I get to use the theme on any and all of my blogging projects, my own as well as clients’. I bought the support option because I’m a noob at this and need a lot of hand-holding. John’s crew, especially Michael Novotny (thank you Michael!) has been unbelievably patient and supportive. After I bought and downloaded the whole thing, I discovered they have a really easy affiliate program. See that graphic over to the left? (Yes, I know there’s one over on the right as well. Please stay focused.) If you click on it and then purchase Standard Theme, they will pay me a commission. Isn’t that cool? (Does this paragraph mean I don’t have to make the standard affiliate disclaimer?)

Where does a guy with no cash go to find a background picture that tells the story?

wheat is ready to harvest... by bernat...

wheat is ready to harvest..., a photo by bernat... on Flickr.

How about Flickr? Specifically Flickr Commons, where you can find thousands of pictures you can use for free (with varying and extremely important provisions). Some of them are good enough to buy (if you have the budget!).

Obviously, I was looking for something that visually tells the story of the harvest. In this case, wheat. After looking through hundreds of pictures of wheat fields and tractors, I came across this one. After testing it on my play site, I knew I had a winner.

So what do you think?

 

Warning! Warning!

You may notice chaos has broken out on my blog.

Don’t worry—I’m simply switching over to Standard Theme and there’s some setup and transition that needs to take place.

Once I have my navigation menus built, I’ll switch over and it’ll all be ugly (but very functional!) for awhile.

I’ll pretty it up as I go, I promise.

I am NOT a spammer!

(At least not on purpose…)

I’m transitioning to my new blog location and am having to set up and tweak the email function.

So, for the next few days (or any time thereafter when I’m trying to add or adjust functionality) you may receive unintentionally-sent missives. I think one or two just went out from here a few minutes ago.

If this occurs, please accept the humblest apologies I am able to offer at the time concurring with, the, um…unwanted missive.

Please take heart in the knowledge that these faux pas will eventually result in marketable skills which will then be deployed in support of my family.

Thanks so much for your patience!