The ugliest word in the English language

I’ve resisted for a long time.

Writers told me that I ought to blog. My friends told me, repeatedly, that I ought to blog. They told me that my syndicated column should be featured on a blog, and that everybody is blogging. But still I resisted.

For one thing, the word blog has got to be one of the ugliest words to make its way into the English language, with its initial hard consonant, its short vowel and it guttural ending. Had I heard, twenty years ago, that someone had been caught “blogging,” I would have assumed he would be fined and possibly imprisoned – and rightly so!

Besides that, the idea of learning how to publish a blog intimidated me. I was unfamiliar with blogging vocabulary – posts, tags, Akismet stats (still don’t know what that means), and a dashboard – and not at all sure I wanted to learn.

Added to that is the fact that there are millions of blogs out there already. Who needs another one? My little blog is like a sapling in a forest of mighty oaks – will anyone even notice?

But I’ve decided to give it a try. I do so not because I think my voice deserves to be heard, but because the song I sing is worth singing, and singly loudly. The song is about the way home – the way that is also a person.

I hope to make this journey pleasant and stimulating – and a little different. We will walk with scientists and philosophers, religious leaders and politicians; but we will travel most often with Jesus and his friends.

To keep it interesting I will, from time to time, add original music from my friends – and maybe even some of my own – to the site.

I hope you’ll enjoy, and come back often. And let me know what you think.


About salooper57

Husband, father, pastor, follower. I am a disciple of Jesus, learning how to do life from him. I read, write, walk, play a little guitar, enjoy my family.
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9 Responses to The ugliest word in the English language

  1. I hope you don’t get too bogged down my the spam comments that come through 🙂

    Pastor Shayne, I pray that this serves and satisfies 🙂 I found this as I was searching for your email… If you find this before I find your address, please shoot me a message. My email will be attached to this post.


  2. Carlee Andress says:

    Thanks for taking the time to ‘blog’ I really enjoyed reading it!


  3. Mike Flinn says:

    Shayne….Steve I clued me into this blog opportunity. You do have a ‘song to sing’ and I enjoy and am challenged by your gift of words and communication. Blessings to you and thank you for sharing God through your blog!


  4. marcia allison says:

    Thank you Shayne for following the qpath that God has chosen for you:-D


  5. Norm Keesler says:

    I like it!


  6. You hold your listeners ear right to the end of every sermon. Thanks Shayne, Norma Szafranski


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