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I’m trying to get good at this blogging thing. It’s a neat workflow, and I enjoy looking at the stats and seeing what’s popular and what’s not. The blog is small. Few people read it. When few people read it, fewer people like the posts.

So, each day after I publish a post, I like it.

My wife noticed this habit some time ago and asked me what I was doing. Her tone implied that it was cheating to like one’s own post. I did it anyway, but I didn’t have a good comment for her inquiry. Now I do.

Of course, I like my posts. If I didn’t like my posts how could I expect anyone else to? What sort of an example would I be setting?

So, the next time you come here, don’t start reading from the top. Scroll down to the like section. If I didn’t like the post, it’s probably not worth reading. That’s unlikely to happen because I tend to like everything I publish here.

The next time you post a video on YouTube or a post on social media let people know it’s good enough to like and hit the button first!

Oh, and while you’re here, feel free to join me and hit the like button.

Dear Ireland

I have a reader in Ireland! How do I know? Very few people read this blog. And, while I am casually trying to increase readership, I’m very grateful for the size of the audience who reads my posts. They’re pretty forgiving. My proofreading isn’t always the best and there’s few consistencies in what I post.

Typical Blog stats with an abnormally popular day

With the small blog audience there can be a sense of intimacy. I’ve had many of the handful of readers let me know which posts they like either via an in-person chat or a phone call. I was quite surprised when one of my coworkers approached me about a post she liked. While I do connect most posts to LinkedIn, I didn’t realize that there was anyone at work who was looking.

Someone in Ireland is looking and it just warms my day when they do! We went there once on a family vacation. It was one of those vacations to escape from a crushing weight at work and being that far away in someplace green and beautiful was quite important for my mental health. We stayed at a lovely AirBnB farmhouse that was absolutely ideal for our family. A horse on the property needed to get exercised, so my youngest daughter got to ride the horse while it did laps.

The farm specialized in birthing milk cows and the milk ended up in the Kerry Gold dairy products line–which we love! There was also a litter of cats born while we were there and my kids got to name them.

We have great memories from that trip.

I’d like to think that the family who opened up their (spare) house cared enough about our family to stay in touch by reading my blog. They were sweet, kind, and we instantly hit it off. I’d like to think that it’s them, but it doesn’t have to be.

Regular readers will note that the url for the blog recently changed from JFRoecker.com to PartkingThoughts.com. As an early adopter of the internet I’ve always been fascinated by the connectivity it offers. Even if it’s not the family in Ireland that helped us have one of the best family vacations ever, knowing someone is there reading helps me remember how powerful the tools we have are.

While I may not be as good at proofreading as some readers might prefer, I’m good enough that a few people in the world have noticed and that’s a few more than I could have ever engaged with 30 years ago.

Book of Mormon Podcast

A while back I got to noticing that I was lazy when it came to reading my scriptures. I took a look at what I was doing with my time and noticed that I spent quite a bit of time enjoying being entertained. Since part of that entertainment was with my MP3 player I decided that I could listen to the scriptures online. When I did a search in iTunes for “The Book of Mormon” I was amazed that I couldn’t find a podcast that would allow me to easily download chapters in the book for listening.

I decided to do something about it. So I created a podcast for the book of Mormon. Now it’s time to let people know it’s out there.

The URL for the Book of Mormon feed is: http://www.roeckerfam.com/bom.xml

I would like to encourage anyone who reads this and blogs, or creates anything online to create a link to this blog entry or to the Book of Mormon podcast feed listed above. By doing this the internet’s search engines will start listing the podcast as a viable source for downloading this unique book of scripture. Please take the time to blurb about it on your blog.

I’ve also noticed that there’s a great podcast for the Ensign that’s put together by the church. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

The Ensign: http://ensign.libsyn.com/rss

I’ve got a 15 minute drive to work back and forth. This is a great way to pass the time and I’d welcome anyone who’d like to join me.

Do you listen to the scriptures in the car? Know of a good uplifting feed? Add it to the comments of this entry.

Subscribing to the podcast:
iTunes
Automatic: Click on the cool image to the right
Manual:
Select”Advanced” “Subscribe to Podcast” and then enter http://www.roeckerfam.com/bom.xml
Odeo: http://odeo.com/channels/2116792-The-Book-of-Mormon

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