800

This, right here, is officially the 800th entry for “When EF Talks.”

It’s a little hard to fathom, really.
That’s a heck-of-a-lot ‘o writing over a heck-of-a-lot ‘o years.

800 seguidoras

 

By the numbers, we’ve had almost half a million reads (460,190, to be exact…) during that time.

Eight hundred entries. 460,000 reads.(1)

Wow…

So, let me just say: THANK YOU.

Thanks for reading.
Thanks for sharing on Facebook and Twitter.
Thanks for the comments, both here at the blog and on Facebook.

If you haven’t surfed around When EF Talks in a while, grab a cup of coffee and spend some time here. There’s a lot of interesting things to discover in those 800 entries. Scroll down the screen to your right and you’ll see the different categories. My current favorites are…

“The Trail’s Always a Metaphor”
This are entries that come to me, are are sometimes written during, my bike rides, and often posted to Facebook in the moment…and later reposted here for posterity. Metaphors are everywhere, especially on the trail.

“Favorite Entries”
As it implies, these are either entries I really enjoy, or entries others have told me they enjoy.

“Poetry in Motion”
These entries are little snippets of the writings/poetry of others, that have inspired me over the years, and I like to share just so others can enjoy them too.

Every few weeks, I meet a stranger in the real world who introduces themselves, tells me they read what I write, and that they appreciate it. It always catches me off guard and makes my day.

I throw out these little bits and bytes, and never know what will become of them. It’s nice to meet folks in the flesh who read and seem to like them. That, more than anything, makes it worthwhile to me.

Because our lives in the real world are the real thing, right? I mean, blogs are nice. Writing is nice. Hopefully, now and then, the writing here is inspiring and informative. But the real thing is the real, flesh-and-blood beauty of this vast world that you and me are privileged to live in.

So, thanks for letting me write small “bits” about small bits of that world for you here, and thanks for all your gratitude back to me.
I appreciate you all.

EF

(1) These numbers include our time on both “Blogger” and “WordPress.” I actually started the blog back on another platform, which I have no way of getting stats for…but the bulk of our stats were from those two platforms anyway…

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He has been Senior Pastor of Northaven United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas since 2001. During his tenure, church membership has grown almost 30 percent, and a completely new church facility (sanctuary and education building) has been constructed. Northaven is a leading progressive Christian congregation in the Southwest. Northaven is an eclectic collection of gay and straight families, artists, musicians, theater folks, academic theologians, lawyers and judges (go figure), socially conscious community activists, people who don't "check their brain at the door," and a wide array of others who either see it as their "last chance" inside the "institutional church," or their first trip back in decades. Eric is an avid blogger and published author.  Eric is also an award-winning singer-songwriter, who performs throughout Texas and the Southwest. He's an engaging live performer whose first CD was released in 2000. His songs have won honorable mention in both the Billboard and Great American song contests; and he's been a finalist in the 5th Street Festival and South Florida Folk Festival songwriter competitions. Eric is also a leader of Connections, a unique band comprised of United Methodist clergy and layfolk from throughout North Texas. Connections performs "cover shows" of artists like Dan Fogelberg, Chicago, Eagles, Doobie Brothers, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and others. Their shows draw crowds of between 300 and 1,000 fans, and they have raised more than $240,000 dollars for worthy charities. Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He's a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named "best judge" by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County. She was re-elected for a third term in 2010. They have the world's best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. (As always, if you like this post, then "like" this on Facebook by clicking the box below, so others can see too...)

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