Have it your way – sort of
You could win a Starbuck’s gift card because of this post. Read on. We have done a thing a few times at my church called “Ask the Pastor,” where people from the congregation submit questions to me via email and on paper, and I dedicated a special service to attempting to answer those questions. It’s important to me to know that I’m addressing the things people wonder about and need to hear.
So what would you like me to write about? Now don’t get me wrong. With or without your input, the blog will continue! But what I have noticed is that some posts will get 30 or 40 readers in a day, and other posts will get 200 or 300 readers in a day. I believe the post topic has a lot to do with that. For example, yesterday’s post on suicide drew a large number of readers, and I think that’s because the topic is not only controversial, but also of immediate interest to people.
I write primarily in the areas of theology (things about God and spiritual matters), counseling (things about human thinking, feeling, problems, and relationships), and philosophical issues (fairly weighty yet non-religious questions about life). I am looking for as many ideas as possible. Ideas can be submitted to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will accept submissions from now through 11:59 pm tomorrow, Thursday, October 29. The person who submits the most ideas to me between now and that time will win a $10 Starbucks gift card.
Of course there is a catch or two. First, I will not count multiple emails. If you want to present me with 100 ideas, you’ll need to send them all in one email. Second, each idea must be numbered and on a separate line, so I know what your intentions were. Third, ideas must fall into one of the three categories above (theology, counseling, philosophy) and it’s up to you to categorize the ideas. I don’t want to have to give a gift card to a guy who suggests I do an exhaustive series on nursery rhymes, listing every one ever written, and overlook the runner-up, who may have only given me four or five ideas, but they were actually in the areas I write about. My preference is that you submit ideas to me that are of interest to you, and that you would actually read about if I chose them to write on, but of course there’s no way for me to determine this.
Ideas will ONLY be accepted through the email address email@example.com. I look forward to your suggestions!