I'm Sorry for the Roller Coaster Ride | Marketplace Christianity

I’m Sorry for the Roller Coaster Ride

by Brad Harmon on February 21, 2011 in Miscellany

When I was a kid I used to love going to the amusement parks so I could ride the roller coasters.  It was an awesome experience.  It’s not so much fun when it comes to reading a blog though.  I’m afraid that I’ve let this site become somewhat of a roller coaster ride lately.  Some months I’ve flooded you with posts and other months I’ve barely written anything.  Let me start off by saying, “I’m sorry.”

Some of you have been reading my blogs for a while now and know what’s been going on behind the scenes, but for those of you who only know about this site let me explain.  This site was originally part of my personal blog, but I also wrote about general business topics along with social media and blogging.

It all got to be quite a mess, and I was pulled in two directions whenever it came time to write a post.  I created this site in the fall, transferred over the relevant posts, and expanded the topics from Christian entrepreneurship to the categories you see today. This worked out well for this site, but my original blog was still suffering.

Last month, I launched a new site called Big Feet Marketing which helps individuals and small businesses on a shoestring budget enlarge their digital footprints using blogging and social media.  Getting the site up and running took away from my time here at Marketplace Christianity.

Will You Help Me Smooth Out the Roller Coaster?

Sue Miley wrote a post last week on how we’re called to a different standard.  She’s right.  Of all the online activities I let slip through the cracks, this site should never be one of them.  Our testimony in the marketplace needs to bring glory to God.

God reminded me of something while I was writing the next post for this site – it’s not my site, it’s His.  He never intended me to do this on my own, but I forgot to invite people to help.  Will you please help this site by …

  • Praying for this site. Please ask God to use this site as an instrument to teach and encourage His people to bring glory to Him through how we earn and spend our money, and that we share His Word accurately and compassionately.
  • Sharing your comments. The posts on this site are not meant to be sermons. The hope is that they will start a discussion where you add your comments based on the experiences from your own life or insights you’ve gained from Scripture.
  • Writing a guest post. I write most of the posts on this site, but this was not my intention when I launched it.  I would love to have regular contributors or someone who wants to write the occasional guest post.
  • Telling others about this site. If you find the information on this site helpful, please don’t forget to tell others about it.  If you’re on Facebook please like the fan page for this site and any posts that you find helpful.  It just takes a click.
  • Providing Feedback about the site. What do you love about this site?  What do you not like?  How often would you like to see posts?  What types of posts would you like to see more or less of?

I will be publishing three posts per week for the next few months just to bring some consistency back to the blog.  Regular posting days will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  As we add regular contributors, I will likely increase the frequency to five posts published Monday through Friday.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Sue Miley February 22, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Hey Brad,
I so agree with your point that it is His site! I have to remind myself all of the time, especially on the counseling side of my practice. I want to help God’s people so much that I begin to feel like it is all up to me, and have to remind myself frequently that it isn’t all about me. It is what He may possible do through me if He chooses.

I also want to remind you with all things that are of God, it is about the heart more than our works, and even though we may not do everything the exact way we want, I know that in God’s measurement he still looks through our acts and into our heart. Your’s, my friend, is all pure.

I may need to do a follow up to my post about the heart. Sort of paralleling the bible where we have Paul saying it is by faith, and James saying we can tell your faith by your works. We have a high standard indeed!

I would love to guest post for you so email me what you have in mind.

I love the blog, and the new one too. Let me know how I can help with either or both!
Sue Miley recently posted..Christian Business Crossroads Top Five

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Brad Harmon February 24, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Thanks, Sue. You’ve been a real inspiration and encouragement to me. I appreciate how you’re always willing to step up and help others. I would love to have you guest post here again (and often). It’s an open mic for you, so just write about whatever God places on your heart.

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Laurie@Christian Home Business Owners January 26, 2012 at 11:55 am

Brad,

I know things can have a way of getting all mixed in together. I think it was a great idea to start your new site – in fact, I just visited it for the first time.

I did the same thing at the end of last year. I was constantly wondering if I should be writing to those who wanted to start a home business or those who already had one and needed help to grow it. So, I created two separate sites so I know who I am talking to!

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Linda Todd April 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I love this site and just found it today. I work at home writing but worked for many years so I know how hard it sometimes is. Being a Christian does set us apart if we truly are a Christian. If we do not act differently than others who do not claim to be a Christian we have not experienced true salvation. Being saved through the blood of Jesus Christ will help us bare all things and know that Jesus is always for what is right.

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