The Results Are In

There are companies out there whose product is survey results (think Gallup and Barna, for instance). That is not us. Sandra and I, however, did recently post surveys on our blogs to find out who reads what we write, what they like, and what they would like to see more or less of. Here is a quick analysis of what we found out.

  • thThe readers of these blogs (Views from the Loft and JCurtisLovelace) are overwhelmingly female. This comes as no surprise to me, since most of the respondents to the two surveys were readers of Sandra’s excellent blog.
  • The readers are primarily in the 35-64 age range, with equal distribution in that group.
  • Most (but not all) are married with children. Many have adult children.
  • The readers are pretty evenly split regarding work outside the home. There are some retirees in the group.
  • Most of our readers live in the US. However we had folks respond from Africa and Europe. One family describes themselves as Global Nomads. And so they are.
  • Responses to the question about what you like in our blogs were pretty similar. We saw answers such as “honesty,” “realness,” and “EVERYTHING” (the caps were in the original response!). One person wrote, “your authenticity. My heart resonates often.” Another stated, “Humor, honesty, spiritual encouragement.” We are, of course, thrilled and humbled with responses like these.
  • While most people told us that they like the blogs the way they are, there were some suggestions for change. Several folks think that we need to make sure to keep the posts short. Another asks that we give more details about our lives. Bullet-pointed articles were brought up a couple of times. Please notice the format here! We don’t promise this many bullets all the time, but it’s a start! We get it – don’t be long-winded! OK.
  • Many of our readers are also writers. A great many report that they have blogs, themselves. One person reports, “working on it.”
  • Family issues, including child-raising, and aging are challenges to several of our readers. Keeping faith in the face of pain and suffering is another.
  • The almost unanimous answer to the question regarding what would help with the challenges is: PRAYER (caps mine, this time). We commit to pray regularly for our readers. We encourage you to send specific prayer requests. We would also covet your prayers for us. Encouragement from brothers and sisters in Christ was also high on the list.

So, there you have it ladies and gentlemen. This is who you are and what you think in regard to our blogs and our questions. Thank you for the time you invested in this project of ours. We are endeavoring to meet needs through our writing. We are hoping to grow in our efforts to serve you – and others the LORD will bring. Please feel free to share the addresses of our blogs and our social media sites.

Re-inventing the Blog and the Life Work

Sandra and I have been working on how to continue in our ministry after leaving the field in Prague. We have pondered and prayed. We have sought expert help in tech areas and in the personal realm. We have even created a short survey to help us find out what YOU might think about this. It’s not too late to respond, by the way. Simply click here or the survey.

As we go along in this process, there are many questions to be answered in order to move to whatever the next step is. We have recognized that we both need to be doing more writing and speaking. Sandra is already pretty far along in her writing, being published regwheelularly in a number of places. I’m still searching, though, for my niche.

At the top of this blog I promise “Digital Dialogue, News, and General Banter.” While there has been some news, which I enjoy analyzing from my own perspective, there has been little dialogue or banter (Banter: noun, an exchange of light, playful, teasing remarks; good-natured raillery). Mostly it’s been monologue. That’s when someone speaks and others may or may not listen (or in this case, read). Is that what you want, readers?

Part of the problem is that there simply aren’t that many readers. Some of those that are on board may simply be here by inertia. Life is busy, so a lot of folks skim blogs but don’t get involved. But, I wonder. Is it that I’m not writing and sharing things that are of interest to the readers we do have? My view, to this point is that my strengths are in the areas of Biblical exposition that impacts our daily lives, and analysis of news from both Biblical and historical perspectives. Occasionally, of course, I throw in a shameless plug for our book, Children in Church: Nurturing Hearts of Worship (available in both kindle and paperback formats here . Oops, there I go again.

Seriously folks, I do believe that God is calling me to share my thinking. I no longer preach every week, so blogging and writing books and articles would seem to be the way to carry on. (BTW, there is one serious book project in the works for me at the moment. No details yet).

So, here is the interactive part. There are several things I am asking you to do for me.

  • If you like this blog, please tell other people. Tell your neighbors, your relatives, your friends (even your enemies!). Share posts with them; get them involved.
  • Get involved yourself. Let’s get rid of the monologue and start dialoguing.
  • Tell me what you would like to see here. What kind of articles would you like to see? What topics are of most interest to you? Would you like to see more guest posts? If so, from whom? (How about YOU?).
  • PRAY for me, for Sandra, and for the work of our ministry, Lifework Forum.
  • Respond here (not at facebook or by email). This may encourage others to join the discussion. There’s a lot going on in the world and in the US. What does it mean for us? For you? Don’t be afraid to get political. Obviously, we can talk about religion. Just remember to be civil.
  • Fill in the survey mentioned above.
  • Did I mention PRAY for us?
  • Did I forget to ask you to get involved? Become part of this enterprise, friends.
  • BTW, I’ve been told that blog posts should always have bulleted or numbered items.

There we have it. It’s a new era, new way of doing things for me. I’d like to involve you. Why not join in and help shape the discussion.