Blog Reboot: Influencers in My Niche (4 of 4)

One key to restarting this blog is to more actively listen to others who are writing to similar audiences. Since the death of Google Reader, I have not kept up with blogs. Last week I downloaded Leaf – The News Reader and have subscribed to the following blogs:

Great Plains Conference Bloggers
Around the Connection

I feel that this list is sorely inadequate, having been relatively inactive in the Methodist world online in the past few years. I am especially interested bloggers in the Great Plains Conference. What blogs do you recommend? Maybe yours?

Reading Time: Blogs vs. Books

One of my responsibilities as a pastor is to be theologian in residence for the congregation which I serve. One of the ways that I seek to do this is through reading and study – primarily of the Bible and secondarily in other sources.

I use Google Reader to keep up with blogs. I currently have 71 subscriptions and read 547 items over the past 30 days. Blogs help me keep up on the latest news in social media, theology and peers in ministry.

I also have a bookshelf that has books many classics as well as several that are still unread. Over a year ago, I decided to add books to my Amazon Wish List until I had read all the books that I currently own. Adding a book to my Amazon Wish List sates my desire to purchase it and works 99% of the time. I have hundreds of books on this list. (You can find it at if you are looking for a good gift for me. 😉

Let’s assume that I have a finite amount of time to read, while carrying on the other responsibilities in my life. (I recognize that this could be challenged, but for the sake of this exercise let’s assume that it is true.) So here is my question for you:

Is the time that I have for reading better spent on blogs or books?

What are the pros and cons of each? What books or blogs would you add to my list? How do you decide where to spend your reading time?

Summer Reading List

One of the things which I relearned on vacation a couple weeks ago is how important it is for me to spend time reading. It is good for my soul. Here is what I have on my summer reading list:

What other books do you suggest? Any on this list that you think I should read first?