Times and Seasons’s received its 1,000,000th visitor yesterday, at approximately 7:19pm. (The server used was cox.net, based in Tustin, CA; the page viewed was this one. Was it you? If so, our thanks, and our congratulations.) T&S has been around for just a little over two years, and we’ve had plenty of ups and downs over that time. But what has always been a constant is readers–whether curious or angry or excited or bored, the readers keep coming by, keep clicking, keep commenting, keep prompting us to do a little bit more and to do what we do a little bit better. For all that, we are more gratified and grateful than we could ever say. All in all, what we wrote on the occasion of our first anniversary still holds:
Blogging takes a lot of time, but we give our time because we like to. We like talking about our thoughts, and hearing othersâ€™ thoughts, and (most of all) reading all the thinking and talking and agreeing and disagreeing which invariably follows afterward. Some of you come here for theological speculation, some come for scripture study helps, some come for practical advice, some come for a sounding board regarding new ideas and old complaints. Some come with serious issues, some come to blow off steam. Itâ€™s all good. Times and Seasons may be a product of our time, as well as a reflection of our times, but the goal is to provide us allâ€“especially you, our readershipâ€“with some seasons to sprinkle on your daily stew. This blog doesnâ€™t aspire to be the salt of anyoneâ€™s, much less everyoneâ€™s, earth; the work of salting is done person to person, ward by ward, prayer by prayer. We canâ€™t, and donâ€™t want to, take the place of all that. But there are more seasons out there than just salt (some are spicy, some are subtle, some bitter, some sweet). It is our belief that such a seasoning, that all such seasoning, can only add savor to our and your salt; perhaps, sometimes, it can even help preserve it. Not the most direct or vital work in the world, perhaps, but a pleasing and productive and good one, nonetheless.
So, from our times, we bring you seasons to stock your intellectual and spiritual and personal shelves. Thanks for coming, for trying and testing and improving our wares. And please: keep coming back for more.