Before I go to bed tonight, I want to thank all of those who are so supportive of my website, http://www.roberthouston.org and the new branding for the site, “THE WIRE.” As of this morning (it’s about 1:20 a.m.) in just about a month, we’ve had 21,487 visitors to our site, according to WordPress. If these numbers hold, that means over a 250,000 visits will be realized a year, not counting all of the shares, reprints, and “have you seen this?” eses . . .
Before I was called to preach, I aspired to be a writer, specifically a journalist. I was blessed to go to Thomas Jefferson High School in Portland, Oregon and majored in Journalism/English. Little did I know that 35 years later, many of those skills I learned back then would still assist me today. I’ll always be grateful for Mrs. Ruthann Hartley-Harris (even though I didn’t get the Editorship, but I’ve gotten over it . . . well, mostly); Ms. Kathy Nolf (she was imagination personified); Mr. Harry Tate (tough as nails English Teacher); and all of those very creative souls at TJHS. We not only produced a newspaper, but a sports magazine (TimeOut), an in-house Television production news broadcast, and I was privileged for several years to apprentice/work at KBPS 1450 AM with Mr. Donald Bird, Mr. Kevin Quick, and Dr. Patricia Swenson, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 93.
Five things you may want to know . . .
1. I write as I’m inspired. A blog gives you that freedom – no pressure, no deadline.
2. I write to inspire, help and sometimes inform. Politically I am a Democrat (I come from a family of Louisiana Republicans and when I was 18 in Oregon, I was a registered Republican. I’ve been a Democrat since I was 21).
3. I’m a grammar freak. If I see something that’s written incorrectly, I go back and fix it a.s.a.p. Even on an airplane.
4. “The Wire” is named after “The Wire” one of my favorite television shows. My wife will testify, I’ll watch the Wire like it just came on for the first time even though the show’s been off the air for years.
5. My “blogging inspirations” are two men of God – Pastor H.B. Charles, Jr. and Pastor Dwight McKissic. All three of us have different styles but they have been very instrumental to me getting into the blogging habit. H.B. is a veracious blogger. I don’t know how he has the time and his blogs are thought-worthy and he does challenge the norms, which I appreciate. Dwight is the Apostle Paul of blogging – he would die on a hill if it meant holding fast to the Word of God. I don’t always agree with him, (but that’s cool, I’m sure that’s vice versa as well) – but I will say this – we have talked on the phone, become friends, and I appreciate his genuineness. Also, he’s no joke at the Southern Baptist Convention – that brother has CLOUT.
Further, the blog is being seen (obviously in the USA) but also in the following nations: Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Switzerland, Brazil, Philippines, Germany, Kenya, French Polynesia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Denmark, Bahamas, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Israel, South Africa, Poland, Bahrain, Viet Nam, Spain, Turkey, Nigeria, Japan, Fiji, Virgin Islands, France, Bangladesh, Egypt, Ukraine, New Zealand, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, and Slovakia.
So, thank y’all for your support. I hope I get “gooder and gooder” at this. I’ve been preaching since 1978. Pastoring since 1989. Black since 1960. Crazy since 1974 (when I entered Jefferson). Musician since 1977. Cowboys fan since about 1975. Saved since 1976. And grateful to God for you . . .