Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | August 21, 2011

My 600th Blog Post

This is officially my 600th blog post and, for that reason, thought it a significant enough milestone to write about. As someone who has enjoyed journaling through the years, I am thankful for the blogging platform. In the beginning, I missed writing in an actual journal much like I missed holding a hard cover book in my hands after I purchased my first Kindle. But I am now more than comfortable with blogging and would not want to go back to recording my thoughts with pen and ink. As much as I loved purchasing and writing in handsome journals, a hand-written journal has its limitations — not the least of which is that a journal entry can only be shared with one person at a time. Blogging on the other hand, opened a door to a much broader audience. I have now replaced pen and paper with my iPad which enables me to redeem the time by allowing me to write wherever I go, while I wait for this or that, and whenever the mood strikes me.

Blogging has also allowed me to make some online friendships with people I have never actually met but who read my posts and leave an occasional comment. These readers hail from all over the world. And, through the technology of the visitors map on my blog, I can see the various locations around the world from which readers have accessed my blog. This little map motivates me to be a good steward of the opportunity that I have to share my stories, thoughts, and views with a very diverse audience — and to do so courteously and with respect while remaining true to my convictions. I believe that the transparent exchange of ideas is good and I welcome every opportunity to share my views and to respond to the views of others through the medium of blogging. Blogging gives average people like me the opportunity to set up a booth in the marketplace of ideas. And while not everything sells, I do learn a lot through the process and enjoy the interaction.

So, I am hopelessly addicted to blogging — an experience that has certainly caused me to reflect more deeply about everything I write and to even reconsider and review some of my own positions. That’s not a bad thing but instead what the exchange of ideas ought to be about. In the words of the writer of Proverbs, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Prov. 27:17). In order for that to happen we must be willing to have civil dialogue and to express our thoughts and ideas in a responsible manner. Blogging provides a platform for doing so while the readers in the marketplace of ideas hold us accountable for what we are selling. Thanks to each and every one of you who stroll by and who occasionally linger at my little booth in the marketplace of ideas. You have made my blogging experience all the more enjoyable.


Responses

  1. Well said, Omar. We are blessed by your blogs!

  2. Happy 600th! I always look forward to reading the daily email from your blog at work. It always get me thinking deeply. Thanks for being such a blessing to me every day!

    • Thanks for being a subscriber and faithful reader, Phil.

  3. Congrats Mr. G

    Your little thoughts are more profound than you know… You hold a special place in my heart for the friendship and personal caring you have shown my family and me over the years..

    Keep up the good fight, and I for one feel a little sharper every time I stop by your little shop!

    Jim Cox
    713-206-0392
    jim.cox@bordernet.com

    • Thanks so much, Jim. It’s great to hear from you. I am glad that God allowed our paths to cross so many years ago. I appreciate your friendship and readership.

  4. Hi Omar,

    I look forward to your posts in my e-mail and appreciate all the wonderful insights you provide. You are a blessing to all those you come into contact with.

    Great Job!

    Chad

    • Thank you, Chad. You are one of the very first people to comment on my blog when I started it in 2008. God has used your comments to provide lots of encouragement along the way. Thanks for your online friendship and faithful readership. I look forward to the day when we can actually meet face to face.

  5. Omar, since I am not able to go to other countries on mission trips, I have lived vicariously through you the past few years. Thank you for making the world come alive through your blog posts. It has made me appreciate God’s amazing creativity in creating such a diverse group of people who are all His. Your blog is a gift I greatly treasure. Blessings to you today, friend.

    • Thanks, Mary Kay. I love writing about the nations and all of the wonderful people groups who call our planet home. I appreciate your encouraging words and friendship.

  6. Congratulations on your 600th post! I look forward to the next 600! Many blessings… Nina Hendee

    • Thank you, Nina. I appreciate your readership and encouragement.

  7. Every Blessing on your 600th Blog. We pray for your future Blogs. We look forward to your 1000th Blog !!

    God Bless

    Paul & Sarah Beniston

    • Paul and Sarah… Thanks. And thanks also for faithfully praying for our ministry initiatives in Kolkata. Your comments are always uplifting and encouraging.

  8. Congratulations for 600th blog post!
    I am one of your regular blog reader!
    and blessed so much!

    Mortuza Biswas
    Bangladesh

    • Mortuza… You are indeed one of my most faithful readers. Thank you for your good work in Bangladesh for the kingdom of God.


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