There have been several who have made attempts to evaluate and define their own blogs and the bloggernacle lately. I might join in the throng, and sort of evaluate and define this little blog. I might start with the name.
I had just found the Mormon Archipelago and started making a few comments here and there. I was kinda proud of myself. What a great thing I had found. I had no idea about blogs really. I had assumed that all of you had written your own html code from scratch to create these things. Surely I was amongst faithful geniuses. Why would so many people go through such an effort? I had never entertained the idea that I would ever have my own blog. Such a thing was surely out of my reach.
I was then talking to a friend of mine in my home ward, who has since moved, about what I had found. I talked with him because I knew he was a web site guy who did some web site design professionally. He apparently knew all about the bloggernacle. I began to wonder if he might be able to put a blog together. Maybe in a few months we could put something together. He then told me that he had his own blog, and that setting one up was incredibly easy. Once he told me about blogger I began to realize that I might be able to have my own blog that day. Wow.
I then realized that I would need a name for the blog. Small and Simple. It just popped into my mind. I knew that would be the name. Decision time over. What should it look like? What shall I post on? The whole thing flooded into my mind in milliseconds. So why Small and Simple? I don’t know. It just popped in there. It was not strategic, it was not planned. I just knew. I am not claiming revelation on this. I don’t really think God cares whether I have a blog or not, let alone what I name it. But it felt right.
I set up the basic blog that evening. It was a snap. I was so naive I did not even check to see if the name was taken. As far as I know it wasn’t. I haven’t heard anybody complain that I stole it. It seems odd that it wasn’t already being used.
Since then I have felt the name fits me and this blog quite well. I’m a small and simple guy. I way 150 pounds, not exactly intimidating. I live a very simple life. I have a very simple testimony. I have a tendency to simplify things – even oversimplifying at times. I don’t think I am a very complex person. I think Small and Simple fits. I also think the name should serve as a reminder to me to keep my expectations low. This will probably never become a wildly popular site. Visits and comments will probably always be somewhat low. I think that is probably all that any solo blog that comes along can hope for now that the bloggernacle has grown so much.
At present I don’t see Small and Simple changing very much. My pace is slowing some. Part of that is my participation at Blogger of Jared, I generally post there once a week. If that participation continues to grow this blog may become more and more personal.
I am hoping that those who have read some of my posts here do not feel that I have wasted their time. This is getting a little long itself. I think this experience has been good for me. I hope there have been and will continue to be benefits for others as well. If you have read this whole thing you deserve something. I’m not quite sure what it is though.
See you around.