Friday, June 16, 2006

imagine, encourage, inspire...

so i have been doing modesty for three years. in all this time i have told you to keep a journal, keep reading, inspire others, etc. but not once have i asked you to start a blog of your own.
so this is your project this week. start an online journal.
one of the the greatest teachers is failure, and to spread knowledge of shortcomings could help encourage others to not fall in the same trap, or stay away from whatever it was insnarred you. and its not just failure. you have the power to inspire. it doesnt matter who you are, what you did or have not done, or how many friends you think you might have, or not have. you touch someones life, whether you see it or not.

its very easy to start a blog. first go to blogspot.com or blog.com or im sure there are seveal thousand by now.

on blogspot.com its quite self explanitory, and in three steps you can be sharing your thoughts with the world.
once you post your first blog post, please comment on this entry because i want to read whatever it is that is on your heart.
several of you have blogs and i check them out when you comment. i must say, i am encouraged by the intellectually stimulating and thought provoking blogs i have visited. and for that, thank you.
your friend,
esteban

64 comments:

Rachel said...

Hey Stephen,
Just wanted to give another thanks for keeping up with your blog.
And as you requested-
livejournal.com/users/feigned_suprise
I've had this blog for awhile, though I wouldn't say it's very "intellectualy stimulating or thought provoking", but I thought I'd share it anyways.
Hope you are well.

Anonymous said...

http://www.nicolerork.com/blog

picture's worth a thousand words. i'll be seeing you this sunday in detroit, hopefully interviewing too!

-nicole

A Mere Scribe said...

I recently started An Ounce of Hope (http://anounceofhope.com/). I'm trying to figure out what all I want to do with it, but I want to use it to do exactly what you say -- give people hope, inspiration, encouragement, etc.

micah said...

stephen, i just started my own blog and i hope that you visit it and as i write more i can inspire you as you have inspired me.
-micah

alonsa said...

I used to blog on livejournal then I switched to myspace. My myspace blogs are usually silly stuff about what I did that day or something. I started this blog because none of my friends know about it. It is a place I can speak more freely and be more expressive. Most of it sounds like rambling probably but hopefully it makes sense to someone other than me. I write on paper better than I type on a keyboard and all of is difficult to get out.

Kaila said...

Online journals are fun and I like them because I'd rather type than write... yet I keep both an online blog and a written journal.

By the way, talking with you tonight was such a pleasure. And to know that the story I gave you meant that much to you, and that it's on your desktop on your computer means so much to me, you'll never know. Thanks so much. Good luck with Honduras whenever you go.

Kaila

Meg said...

Your blog is a refreshing read in an interesting world of "rockstar" writings.

I have never commented before, but you asked so I obliged by linking my blog as my website. It is not intellectually stimulating or particularily fulfilling, but it helps me organize my t houghts and puts them out into the world. Sometimes the resonat with the people who need to hear them most.

lindsay caitlin said...

I dont think I can count how many times your blog has inspired entries of my own, and how many times I've linked people to this site. It's just that amazing. And every post gets even better, even more personal than the one before.

Thank you for sharing your life with us, Stephen. It's a joy to be a part of.

dreams&tears said...

As I've said before, I love your blog, and it truly does inspire me.

I've had mine for 1066 days (so almost 3 years), or so they tell me. I write in it, i leave, and yet for some reason i always come back.
I suppose there is something about it I'm drawn to. Its a way of showing people a part of me they wouldnt see otherwise, something i'd be afraid to show them.

I doubt it is an inspiration, but it's the honest thoughts of girl lost and dazed in this world. And thats the most i have to offer.

Mosh Jartin said...

Hey dude thanks for the kick to actually do something.

Heather said...

ok so i've decided to give this a shot. and as you requested...
http://hcsoccer9.blogspot.com/

it isn't much, but it's a start. i also wanted to say thank you. your music, and your blog, have meant more to me than i could ever state here.

Kimberly said...

Stephen,
I completely agree. I've had about a billion blogs, and recently started this more 'personal' one (droppinghearts.blogspot.com) on here. Only a few friends read it, but I tend to say other stuff on my MySpace blog as well. Either way, blogs hopefully help those who read it, but I find that it also allows the writer to look back on their own life and be nostaglic or enlightened. Yours has definitely helped and inspired me. I truly appreciate the 3 years worth of effort you've put into it. :)

- Kimberly

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prince said...

a quick "thank you" for your encouraging words.
one week until my bride and I are leaving our wedding to the sounds of Time and Confusion.
thanks for that too ;)

MH said...

Hey Stephen.

I've been blogging for about two years-ish now, and so instead of a first post, you get a mini blurb right here because I just got back from London.

In a word: AMAZING. It was so hard to leave, even though I missed my family, because I am in love with England. I got to see Oxford for the first time in my life, and fell in love with the school all over again, and sighed many a sigh of happiness over just being in places heroes of mine had been, etc.

And after being so worried about problems and strained friendships with others going with me, God stepped in and everything I had been so nervous about just vanished. Not a single arguement (and that's probably a record for a friend of mine and I).

I hope things are going well on your end.

-mh-

Josh said...

So I actually did start one today of some stuff I've written. Thank you for the motivation.

James said...

www.freetoconquer.blogspot.com

It mainly consists of my shortcommings with God. I hope you read, leave me some encouragement. I struggle, a whole lot in my walk. It sucks, and i hate myself for it.

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rockstar said...

hey, i actually started this thing a few weeks ago but its still fairly new: modendayluther.blogspot.com

thank you, stephen, for your open honesty and unique perspective on many issues in todays world; and also for showing people that musicians are human and mess up just like anyone else. thank you.

-p

mileniacat said...

this will be my third journal, but alright i've decided to add a blog to my list too!
i never really knew the difference, but here goes. you can add me if you like!

Kylie!! said...

I hope that you have a good day today. It's 3 in the morning right now- there is nothing but potential... to the future.

With love,
Kylie

Kelsey Lee said...

Stephen,
I actually just started blogging about a week ago for the very reasons you talked about. I'm not that great at expressing myself through the computer, but it'll come with time. Thanks for all the encouragement!!!
www.lovely-sounds.blogspot.com

meg-a-roni said...

Hey Stev-o!!!
Well, I finally got a new blog, because I had trouble with my other one figuring out what was wrong with it, I just got another one. Best on luck to my friend with all of your traveling & figuring out where to fit in you time away from the other boys!!!!
Meggie

Meg-a-roni said...

Sorry, my new blog is:
http://meg-a-roni.blogspot.com/

meggie

liz said...

Stephen,
I've been reading this for awhile now and yea... I've kept a blog for a few years now, but the first one was just poems and stuff (which I deleted a couple years ago) and then the one I have currently(Another Attempt), I've had since 2004 but I go through phases where I delete all of the entries and start over again... So it doesn't go that far back. Also, I have another one and it's kinda, not so happy and cheerful. I used to keep it set to 'public' for a little bit, but I got too scared. I made it public again, just not letting anyone know... Until now.. So, that one (Stories Behind Scars) is, um... It's a part of me that needs to be known.

liz said...

whups, i forgot the link.
here it is:

http://www.ebloggy.com/users.php?user=Whoser928

Anonymous said...

Hey Stephen,

I don't really post a lot of in-depth thought on this, but I thought I'd post it anyway: www.wiredrevolution.net.

If anything I have a lot of cool photos on there I took. I recently re-did the site and turned it into a photo-blog of some sort. Check it out if you have a chance. Thanks.

Something Extemporaneous said...

http://5secondsextemp.blogspot.com/
i just got this blog b/c it would be much better to type thoughts than write them. :)

Jen said...

I've kept a LiveJournal off and on for the past several years now, but most of it is only viewable to LJ friends... (charisangel.livejournal.com)

So about a year ago, I started another, more public one. Updates have been sporadic, but I'd like to take up regular blogging again, especially after reading this post. If you'd like to pay it a visit, it's http://modernsymphony.blogspot.com

I don't know about "intellectually stimulating," but there you go. :)

Thanks for keeping up with this blog here. I've enjoyed reading your thoughts, and I feel like I appreciate you and the music even more as a result. Always refreshing and interesting to read.

~Jen

Mark... said...

Stephen, thank you for the inspiration. My Blog is a new blank slate. This is going to be the first blog i've had in a while. I hope that you will check it out every so often.

Thank you my friend.

InspireIntrigueIndulge said...

http://inspireintrigueindulge.blogspot.com/

i thought i would take you up on the assignment....i just started it tonight so there isn't much but i definatley will be putting up some more stuff.

i actually never thought about doing a blog...i always write my thoughts down so nobody else can see....maybe this is a good thing.

i'm curious to hear what you have to say.

--Nadia

berty and gerty said...

Hey Stephen
I think that its great of you to encourage others like that...you have a big influence, you know!!! We started a blog last month and have absolutely loved it, it gives us a reason to write and a great way to share our thoughts.

Go the interesting, positive blogs, youve just been the cause of a whole lot more. =D

www.bertyandgerty.blogspot.com

lindsey said...

i actually opened mine up a little while ago but i just now realized that i haven't really kept up with it. but it's propagatinghope.blogspot.com just in case you get bored.

M O R G A N said...

Stephen, I'm one step ahead of you. I used to have a livejournal, and I had stopped posting for a couple of months so I decided to get one here a little over a month ago... inspired by you. Thanks whole bunch, I only hope that people can get a fraction out of my journal as I get out of yours.

Jon Campbell said...

Hey Stephen. Good to see you encouraging people to write and write deeply. I think theirs a lot that can be learned from other peoples lives and most of the time we dont see it because people are too scared to open up. Anyway my blogs at http://www.joncampbell.ca if your ever bored.

Beth said...

Hey Stephen,
It's good to see the pics from your trip... I hope there are more stories to come. I'd love to hear about it. Anyway, I've got a blog myself... you're welcome to it.

www.bethendricks.blogspot.com

Thanks for being you.
- Beth

Anonymous said...

stephen,
i read your blog quite often and find it inspiring. if you'd like:

http://www.imadeafire.com/

thought-provoking or intellectually stimulating? not every entry fits in that category, but i'm working on it. take care.

~m

andrya said...

Thank you Stephen for encouraging me to start a blog. It is something I have needed to do for years and I just needed that push to finally do it and you were indeed that push. I love reading your blog and I appreciate you sharing your thoughts with others, your words have helped me in so many ways and I thank you for that.

-andrya

Cori said...

I've recently tried to step up my efforts as a blogger. Unfortunately I'm not very good at it. I was discouraged from writing my thoughts down as a child and I think that still haunts me today...

kris said...

not just started, but continued...after yet another long hiatus.

steven said...

well here you go, enjoy
http://jckiller.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

www.xanga.com/profound_enigma

its nice to reflect back on life and try to figure out it's mysteries.

(:

Joey Ballard said...

Hey stephen,

we've actually met twice, but obviously you don't remember me!

thank you for being such an inspiration in everything you do. No matter what you face in life, just remember that god is always there for you.

And thanks to you, I actually just started my own brand new blog site as well!

deb said...

i've had ,ine for a while now and i must say that i haven't posted a 'deep' post in a while. thanks for the reminder.

Canaan said...

http://xxcancanxx.livejournal.com

meg said...

i've attempted to make many blogs, but never kept up with them. here's to another try.
killvision.blogspot.com

Scooby said...

I imagined, and hopefully inspired. Read about my Indonesia outreach, and maybe see some pictures. When I can get my CD out of my defunct laptop.

http://clarityamongconfusion.blogspot.com

Joshriggs said...

Hey stephen.

I have one for some writings of mine, writingsofriggs.blogspot.com and a myspace at myspace.com/joshriggs. I would love to hear your thoughts. You are a huge influence on alot of creative things I do weather it be music or writing. Keep doing what your doing...

-jo5h

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sj. said...

hey.. thank you so much for your email too. i was really grateful for the few words of wisdom written.

i am again inspired by your blog. thank you.

blessings.

Nin said...

Two months later.... lol.. Well, this'd be like my third blog, but may as well take a shot at a completely open one that nobody I know actually knows about....

Tim said...

Stephen,
Far past due, I know, but I decided to take your advice. 1 post and going strong...
http://imsr5.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you Stephen
I have always wanted to do exactly what the title of this post says: Imagine, encourage, inspire.
You are such an amazing person. I just created a blog. I am so glad because now im going to start to put my thougts out there instead of just being quiet.
Thank You

George said...

i agree with your thought on blogging. and soren is one of my fav's. and there were these christian ancients who came out and called the holy spirit a wild goose. i love it, because if you surrender to the wild goose, you have no idea where you end up next. thanks for writing bro, keep it up! feel free to drop me a line at my blog...myspace.com/bizmo...peace

Tabitha said...

you inspire me
and you make me think
-thank you

amy said...

im soooooo late to this enrty, but i have a blogspot too! mine has yet to achieve an "intellectually inspiring" level, but hey, you never know, maybe one day.

http://cadentmind.blogspot.com

michael said...

i would't say my blog is "intellectually stimulating or thought provoking". its more for me than anything else. it was to get me to start thinking and writing more and then to remember what i had done now in the years to come. so it is more my private journal, but if someone gets something out of my intellectually defunct blog then that is a major bonus. well here it is: http://notlikemost.blogspot.com/ thanks

uncannytraveler said...

hey Stephen. again, the more I read your blog, the more my perspective changes. and I realize so many things. thank you so much.
i started a blog. it's nowhere as deep as yours. but, it's a start.
thank you for being inspiring. God Bless.

-shelby

preston said...

i blogged for a couple years, then stopped, and now i'm giving it another shot.

stephen, if you're reading this, drop me a line or two!

and next time you're home, we should get together, meet, and hit a coffee shop ... waddya say?

sui said...

http://x.nabsegda-vashi.com/

comprising most of the pieces of my soul, est. 2004. ;)

aelea said...

http://aeleas4c.blogspot.com/

I haven't blogged in a while...and I tend to mostly blog when I'm in a downer mood. But there it is if you feel like reading.
Most people don't know this blog exists actually!

Abdul said...

feel free to check out my blog. i occassionaly post quotations u posted here too. its to remind me of how great things did happen.
stolensummer.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

heyy stephen,

thank you for suggesting that we write. ive never been much of a writer but it really seems to help. i never thought i had so much to say.
<3 Kait

Willow Clouse said...

i know this comment is a little late, but you inspired me to make a blog, i was thinking about for a while then i finally decided that i want my thoughts to be read. so i made my first post! willowclouse.blogspot.com