I'm not going to lie - I almost shut Spiritual Klutz down earlier this year. There were a number of reasons - most importantly, I felt like I had surrendered a little too much of my privacy online.
So I sat down and thought about the purpose of this blog, which is really just to share God's redemption stories in my life. And I realized that if I'm going to share those stories in a meaningful way, I'm going to have to get used to the discomfort that comes with being vulnerable in public.
So I kept writing, and 1,088 days after beginning Spiritual Klutz, it's still kicking. To commemorate the blog's birthday, I'm going to list the top five most popular posts of 2012.
Here we go:
5. "When God Doesn't Heal": In this article, I wrestle with what to do when it seems like God is ignoring our prayers for healing.
4. "An Open Letter to My Wife": On our fourth anniversary, I unload on my wife in public - and then she surprises the heck out of me and unloads in the comment section.
3. "Thank God I Listened to My Wife Last Night": Normally, writing posts for Spiritual Klutz takes a considerable amount of time. However, this particular post was written in just a couple of hours - and it was a whole lot better than the one that never saw the light of day (thanks to my wife).
2. "How I Knew My Wife Was the One": It is possible to know whether the person you want to marry is "the one." This is the story of how I knew.
1. "Review: Blue Like Jazz (The Movie)": My review of this movie by Christian author Donald Miller is not only the most popular article of 2012 - it is by far the most popular post in this blog's three-year history. Go figure.
And here's a little bit of good news to start the year. As many of you know, I do freelance feature writing for Boundless magazine. Boundless just put out its top ten list of the most popular articles of 2012, and one of my articles, "Your Friendgirl Deserves Better," was the most popular article of the year. That was a pleasant surprise.