My blog stats have fallen off the cliff over the last few days. I’m sorry to say that one pays attention to such things, when one blogs. At times like these I have to do my usual gut-check: why do I blog? Is it because I’m trying to build a readership? Or because I just need to write? I do love to write, and I think having practiced it so much lately will probably be helpful when I start writing for school. But there’s no getting around the fact that I feel disappointed when I write something I feel good about, and discover that only nine people even looked at it. Ouch.
So. I’m going to be extra lazy about my blogging for the next several days. If I feel inspired, I’ll write. But otherwise, I’m going on autopilot. I’ll devote the saved time to cleaning my house and catching up on my reading. I could stop blogging completely, for this time, but I want to keep going with my postaday commitment.
Today, I’ll post links to things that I’ve found found interesting recently. I encourage the nine of you to check them out.
1. How Ayn Rand Ruined My Childhood, from Salon. I have personal issues with Ayn Rand, having heard her ugly philosophy from a dear friend who “converted” to Objectivism. It was like losing someone to a cult, a comparison with which the author of this article would probably agree.
2. There is Always a Day Before, by Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. The Site reposted this essay, written by Michael Spencer shortly before he was diagnosed with the cancer that would swiftly take his life. It was amazing then, and now.
3. Because I haven’t talked about hell enough….here’s the wonderful post my friend Pamela the Priest wrote for Civil Religion: Hell and the Persistence of Hope. The next time someone asks me what I think about hell, I’ll just hand them a copy of this post. Note: Pamela doesn’t actually ask to be called Pamela the Priest, but I like the alliteration.
4. Finally, someone addresses the critical issue of what order the Chronicles of Narnia should be read in! Poor kids, who’ve been misled into thinking that you should read The Magician’s Nephew first! Wrong. And it matters. Hear why, in What Would Lewis Do at Christianity Today online.
5. Finally, as a bonus when you’re done with your reading, here’s a montage of “deaths” from classic video games. A bit violent in spots, but compelling for a certain segment of the population. Yes, I may be talking about you, Mr. Right. And, it features a pretty awesome version of “Mad World”!