Thank you, readers!

December 31, 2012 § Leave a comment

WordPress prepared an annual report for ThroughTheFlamingSword for 2012 that I found quite interesting. I’m making it public, in case you find it interesting, as well. See below.

Also, it prompts me to say thank you to you, my readers. I’m a little stunned to find out how many of you there are, how many places you come from, and how much interest you have shown in my work. Thank you very much for your interest.

I haven’t been very active in the past few months. In late July, I began a new job as communications director for New York Yearly Meeting after being unemployed for a long time, and I have found that working more or less full time limits my contributions to the blog. Also, I have been writing longer essays lately that naturally take a longer time to complete and then aren’t so blog-friendly when they’re finished.

Plus several of them have been for publication in NYYM’s newsletter Spark. I keep planning to provide links to them here, but only now am I finally doing that. So here are links to two of these more long-form articles. We publish the January Spark in the next few days and it will include another article by me; the theme for the January issue is the gathered meeting.

Science, Revelation, and Quaker History (for Spark, September 2012—Quakers and Science theme).

This looks at the role science has played in our divisions.

On Recording Gifts in Ministry (for Spark, November 2012—Recognizing Gifts in Ministry theme). I affirm the value of recording gifts in ministry—or doing something proactive to nurture spiritual gifts—looking at both the positive reasons for doing so and at the reasons some Friends give against it.

So once again, thank you all for following Through the Flaming Sword. I look forward to hearing from you as I post in the future—hopefully more often than I have in the past few months.


Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,700 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 13 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


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