Two Years and Counting: Lessons (Re-)Learned

So it’s been two years since the Plucked Chicken hatched. Here are a few things I’ve learned, especially from readers of the PC with their reactions and responses.

  • Covering a wider spectrum of topics attracts more visitors. So if I could only make the time for posting on more of the things and thoughts that happen each day, the PC might be read more than it is.

  • Persistence helps, but logic does not always prevail. You might think it should, but remember, we’re dealing with human beings here.

  • People will respect others for sticking to their principles, but it can take a long time before they recognize it. In the meantime, things can be unpleasant.

  • You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Other things can draw flies too.

  • The quick and practical way is politics. That is the dark side. Matters of truth and virtue are sometimes impractical, but that does not mean they are bad.

  • There is a difference (though it is hard to express) between merely sticking to one’s principles and also publicly advocating them. The latter is risky for everyone, because Christians are sinners, too. However, God would have us take such risks, so that His Word may prevail.

  • People who leave comments don’t necessarily want a response to their comments. They may especially not want a response when I take issue with something they’ve written. I would encourage them to respond at length on their own blog. Really.

  • When someone happens to write what others are thinking, the others are thankful and supportive. That does not mean they are ready to write publicly too.

  • A lone voice in the wilderness is much better than no voice at all.

  • An effective way to prevail over a lone voice in the wilderness is to ignore it. However, those with truth and virtue on their side do not need such a strategy.

Can you think of other lessons learned these last years? Do you think I’m full of something here? Do you want to suggest other possible topics? Feel free to contribute your thoughts.

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