February 2006

bruceD, the other Bruce, over at YBMT is calling it quits. His writing has always entertained and informed me, even when I disagreed with him. But now he is moving on to other things. He will remain in the blogosphere, but mostly as a lurker. Unless you write something he disagrees with, then I'm certain you will hear from him.

But bruceD makes an interesting point: when do we need to give up blogging? When have we said all we need to say, and when do people stop caring? What does it take to be successful at blogging? Shaun Groves wrote this:

I recently read a killer article in New York Magazine called "Blogs To Riches" about the differences between the haves and have-nots of the blogosphere. That difference has a great deal to do with inbound links – that and overall quality, which has a great deal to do with time and money spent maintaining one's blog and making changes, lots of changes. "A blog is like a shark: If it stops moving, it dies," New York Magazine says.

I don't want Bit of Smoke to die. But I don't want it full of "this is what I did today." God has been dealing with me in some interesting ways, but I don't know how much to share (or even if I should).

I would love to be a consistent, daily writer, having something worthwhile to write about, but I find two things happening in my blogging experience. First, I never feel what I have to write about is worth posting. I know I said when I started blogging that this blog was for me and I didn't really care what people thought…but I lied. What you think about my writing IS important to me. And second, I find myself spending so much time reading other blogs that I just don't write on my own. Ever feel that way? Days go by and you realize that you haven't posted anything, and the last thing you posted is starting to stink. I'm envious of the those prolific bloggers that make an effort to put something new up every day, and I would love to do that. But I'm just lazy. Maybe one day I'll also run a marathon.



Rob Riggs has been very quiet for a long time, now he reappears and then tags me and three others. I’m going to respond just because I don’t have anything else at the moment. Thanks Rob.

Four Jobs I’ve Had:

  • Bank teller
  • TV director/producer
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Digital media producer (CD-ROMS and DVDs)

Four Movies I Can Watch Over and Over:

  • Groundhog Day (get it?)
  • The Italian Job
  • Lord of the Rings (any of them)
  • Dave

Four Places I’ve Lived:

  • Lubbock, TX
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Brownwood, TX
  • Burleson, TX

What can I say, I’m a native Texan.

Four Shows I Like To Watch:

  • Monk
  • Lost
  • NCIS
  • Gray’s Anatomy

Four Foods That I Like:

  • Italian (if you’re ever in Burleson, go to Sammy’s)
  • Mexican
  • BBQ
  • Chinese

Four Sites I Visit Everyday:

  • All of my Blogroll and Blog list
  • Monster.com
  • ChurchStaffing.com
  • Yahoo.com

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • Mountains (skiing)
  • Olympics
  • I’m at work right now, so anyplace else
  • Did I mention anyplace else?

Four Things I Want To Do Before I Die:

  • Live longer
  • Travel
  • Walk my daughter down the aisle
  • Get out of debt!!

Four People I’m Tagging:

  • I’m not tagging anyone. Everytime I do, I hear this collective sigh and “Not again.” So, if you want to make this list, knock yourself out, just let me know you’ve done it. Otherwise, I’ll be reading your usual witty commentaries on life and the pursuit of happiness.

Madness does not always howl. Sometimes, it is the quiet voice
at the end of the day saying, "Hey, is there room in your head
for one more?"


We look for visions from heaven, for earthquakes and thunders of God’s power (the fact that we are dejected proves that we do), and we never dream that all the time God is in the commonplace things and people around us. If we will do the duty that lies nearest, we shall see Him. One of the most amazing revelations of God comes when we learn that it is in the commonplace things that the Deity of Jesus Christ is realized.

When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
And take that step into the darkness of the unknown
You must believe that one of two things will happen:
Either there will be something solid for you to stand on
Or God will teach you how to fly.

~Patrick Overton

When people are free to do as they please,
they usually imitate each other.

Another poster from Despair.com. Check ’em out. Or just keep reading here, I will probably post all of them before the year is out.


Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties
because it’s COOOLD out there today.
It’s Groundhog Day!

Posted this a year ago, but for me it never gets old.

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