By Common Consent has a series of posts that list search phrases people use that end up pointing them to that site. It's quite hilarious in some instances, and one of those posts was published recently, so I decided to take a look at what brings people here who don't know about my blog. I assumed there wouldn't be any truly hilarious cases, but I figured I at least should check and see what appeared in my queue for the last 24 hours. The following is what I found, along with my commentary:
"becoming a more forgiving person"
(Cool. I like that one - a lot. It was a post from March 2009.)
"how to teach forgiving others in a sensitive way"
(This search led to the same post as the search above.)
"tongue can be sharp sword"
(I couldn't remember which post that would have been, so I checked. It was a post I wrote almost 3 years ago. Wow!)
"Mormonism and reincarnation"
(This one was from March of this year.)
"What is the difference between sin and transgression?"
(This query is the most common I have seen over the years. That is fascinating to me - and it is something I would not have guessed when I began blogging.)
"to be less envious"
(This one is from June of this year.)
"What is the meaning of vaunteth?"
(This one is from March 2010.)
I know there is nothing profound or funny in this list, but I was struck by two things:
1) When I write something here, it is accessible for years to come - and, assuming nothing happens to alter that situation, I am achieving my primary objective in writing this blog. My descendants (and others) will have a record of my beliefs - a spiritual journal, if you will - when I am gone.
2) People whom I don't know are being led to my writings - and, while I don't have any idea if that is a net positive for any of them, I hope it is.
Those are the two main reasons I write daily posts - to record "the things of my soul" for my children and their children ad infinitum and to leave my own testimony, in a way, for others to read and, hopefully, find comfort and some measure of help and support.
It isn't much, but, especially, in the case of those I don't know, it constitutes "all (I) can do".