Sunday, January 23, 2005

Look! - He's posted something.

I am not going to leave this computer until I have written something... anything!

So much for posting daily, it's been five days since the last one, and I don't really feel like writing anything now, but I have a duty to all my loyal fans*.

Do any other bloggers find it a struggle to write something new and interesting every day? I didn't want this to be a chore - something I feel obliged to complete every day, although what's the point of starting a blog if you aren't committed to using it?

I'm sure that in time, I will look forward to settling down at my computer and writing something inspirational. Until then, I'll just have to make an effort.

*all 44 of you, and I expect quite a few of them are me!

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Long weekend.

I've been a bit lazy for the last couple of days, and haven't bothered posting. It's not just laziness though, it's been quite an eventful couple of days.

Just after Christmas, I applied for a place at a Christian evangelism school in Manchester. Yesterday morning I had a phone interview with the Principal and I have been accepted!

So I went back to work in the afternoon, told my manager and this morning I officially handed in my notice. I'll be leaving my current job on the 18th of February, only three days before the start of the course.

It still hasn't sunk in yet. From registering my interest to preparing to go has all happened within one month.

I'll let you all* know more details in my next post.

*(all is a bit of an overstatement!)

Friday, January 14, 2005

In the beginning...

I often think my face's natural expression boarders on aggressive. The muscles of my face just seem to hang in a miserable way, and when I walk down the street people often glare back at me. I also think that if I smile all the time, people will start to think I fancy them, or just have a screw loose.

The odd thing is that for the last three days I have had quite a few smiles from people that usually just glare, or look away. My natural reaction of course is to smile back!

I can't figure out why this is happening though. After one exchange of grins, I got in a lift with a mirror, and saw that my hair had taken on a 'Dumb and Dumber' appearance. Could they just be chuckling at my weird looking hair?

It sounds corny, but smiling at people, and getting a smile in return, really does brighten up my day.

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Reasons explained.

I am 'more' than a Christian.

Christianity is fundamental to my existence, and I can't imagine living without a personal relationship with Christ.

But... I am a human being just like you. I have the same emotions, the same struggles and the same questions that I can't find answers to. Life can be good, bad or just plain boring. I am not 'just a Christian'.

Christians can be incredibly annoying.

No offence brothers!

Some of the Christian websites I have seen are very very bad. I don't want my blog to be like them.

I vow that this blog will never contain;

  • continually looping versions of my favorite hymns played on an electric organ as background music,
  • animations of hearts or angels falling from the top of the page or
  • pictures of Jesus cuddling lambs or petting a wide variety of woodland animals.

I promise to be honest and sincere, digging beneath the stereotypical exterior of Christianity, to reveal the sometimes ugly innards of a 21st century man and his daily walk with Jesus!

You are not the slightest bit interested.

Neither was I for the first 20 years of my life!

You actually want to hear about my bus rides.

The highlight of today's journey was using my new monthly saver ticket for the first time. It cost me £44, but I still arrived for work 15 minutes late. What a rip off. It didn't save me any time at all!

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Judging me, judging you.

Dear oh dear. The headings are getting worse, but at least this one has a vague link to this post.

I had a bit of a revelation in the shower this evening. I was thinking about this place, and what it's purpose was. So far I have whittered on for nearly two weeks about nothing in particular. After all, do you really care about my bus journey to work?

I've decided to start posting something important to me. My daily relationship with Jesus Christ, and the spiritual battles I am encountering.

Here are some reasons for NOT doing this.

  • I am 'more' than a Christian.
  • Christians can be incredibly annoying.
  • You are not the slightest bit interested.
  • You actually want to hear about my bus rides.

I am too tired to explain these points, you'll just have to check back tomorrow!

Monday, January 10, 2005

Third consecutive post.

This will be my fifth post, so I think I'll start adding some quirky 'personal stuff'. It will give you, the blog reader, an insight into my daily goings on. Eventually you will become so engrossed that you will have to return every day to get your Rob's blog fix. That's the plan anyway.

While getting ready for work this morning, I realized I only had £1.20 in loose change. So knowing that a bus ticket costs £1.30, I took an additional 10p from my penny jar.

'Just the right amount' I thought to myself.


As I got on the bus, the first thing I noticed was a big sign stating 'Single ride £1.40'.

I couldn't believe it. The bus company had increased ticket prices over the weekend, so I had to break into a £20 note, which the bus driver wasn't too happy about. I spent the rest of the day lugging £18.60s worth of loose change around in my bag, proving my theory that Monday mornings are crap.

Sunday, January 09, 2005

:: Insert Heading Here ::

Well, I've really pulled out all the stops this time, two posts in two days!

I've just added a 'site meter' to my page. They (whoever they are) automatically put it at the bottom of the page, so I just copy and pasted it to where it is now. I don't know anything about HTML, but it seems to have worked, so unless it all goes out of line, I think I'll keep it there. When I check back later, I expect to see at least 100 visitors!

Once I get 1,000,000 I think I can apply to the advertising scheme and make big bucks (allegedly). So tell your friends to take part in the birth of something beautiful... Rob's blog!

I'm writing this sentence so this post doesn't end with an exclamation mark like the rest.

Saturday, January 08, 2005

Third clas... I must think up some better headings!

As I say on my website... 'It is such a great feeling to have my own little place on the web, where I can drivel on about nothing in particular, but still have a faint hope that someone out there finds what I have to say extremely interesting.'

The problem is, I can't think of anything to say. Could it be writers block? Must... write ... something...

It is a great feeling to have my own little place on the web. I love the fact that anyone in the world with access to the internet can view this page, and I love the freedom of speech it brings to people.

Of course the internet contains a lot of evil things, but at least Satan doesn't have a foothold in my bit!

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Second class post.

So far, my idea of starting a blog hasn't been very successful. One post first thing on New Years Day, and nothing since. Like the diaries I buy myself every January, I fill in a few bits and pieces, and then never use them again. I'm determined not to let that happen this time.

What next? I suppose I should write something. So here goes...

... well maybe tomorrow!

Saturday, January 01, 2005

First class post.

It's 1.30am on the 1st of January 2005.

Happy New Year.

I need sleep... Goodnight!