Thursday, August 05, 2010

Seven Link Roundup

Jessie over at Vanderbilt Wife wrote last week about the "Seven Link Challenge"--in which you share seven old links to show readers some of your favorite blog posts (mostly your own!) Sounds like fun to me, so here you go! I hope you enjoy some of these old posts...

Your first post
My first post on the blog that would come to be called The Parsonage Family was called Inaugural Post, written in January 2007, just a few months after we got married. Maybe I should have started it earlier, so that I could have talked about wedding stuff, but in '06 and '07, I still had plans to go on for a Ph.D. in American Church History, so I was trying to maintain a more "serious" blog about religion and culture stuff. I didn't post very often to either blog, and abandoned the religion-specific one in December 2007. I started posting a little more often when I got pregnant in 2008, and really picked up the pace in 2009 when I had Kate, and even more now in 2010!

A post you enjoyed writing the most
Since bullet-point, stream-of-consciousness posts are fun and easy, I enjoy writing those the most. One of my first in that genre was Notes from the Underbelly (remember that short-lived TV show, based on a blog?) That post was just a random, very short list of early pregnancy ailments and other happenings.

A post which had a great discussion
The closest I've gotten to a "debate" was in response to On Theodicy and Prayer, in which I confessed my great fear of losing Kate and how it has affected the way I pray and the way I think about prayer. I agonized over that post for a long time, and it sparked some intense discussion about the notion of God's will, both in the comments, on Facebook, and offline.

A post on someone else’s blog that you wish you’d written
I can't think of one specific post; there are so many bloggers I love, and so many deep thoughts expressed that I wish I'd been able to get from my brain to my keyboard. Fred Clark of Slacktivist comes to mind as a whole blog I wish I'd written, mainly because he provides the same sort of religion-and-culture commentary I'd hoped to offer on my original, pre-Parsonage-Family blog. His page-by-page analysis of the Left Behind series is hysterical and amazingly insightful. He's brilliant.

Your most helpful post
That would probably have to be My Delivery Advice for First-Time Moms. It's a list of ten, but (warning!) three of them have to do with the condition of your nether-regions in the days and weeks following childbirth.

A post with a title that you are proud of
When a funny turn of phrase amuses me, I often repeat it to myself over and over, giggling to myself. The word "asshat" does that to me, as do various lines from Saturday Night Live sketches. Sometimes, I'm the only one who thinks it's funny, but that's okay. All that to say, I like my post titled Gravity vs. Mama Bear. I think it's less the words that amuse me and more the fact that whenever I say it, I get this Bruce-Willis-Die-Hard kind of seriousness to my face and voice.

A post that you wish more people had read
My more "thoughtful" posts, about religion and culture or my personal faith, never get as much interest as short and simple posts filled with pictures of Kate. (I can't blame people for that, I guess!) But I do think deeply, and occasionally write about it :0) One old favorite is Take My World Apart, a reflection on the Jars of Clay song, Wesley's Covenant Prayer, and my own strivings to be more pure of heart.
I enjoyed looking back through my old posts just to find these, and hope you enjoy reading some of them. I'm actually closing in on my 500th post! I estimate that milestone will come around mid-September. Maybe I'll do a giveaway--what would you want from me?

If you do this roundup too, come back and leave a link in the comments so I can check it out! And if you don't feel like doing all that, just share a link to one of your favorite old posts.

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