2 decisions in 48 hours that changed my life.

Six years ago today, I joined Twitter.

Six years ago tomorrow, I started my blog Stuff Christians Like.

Looking back, both felt like very insignificant moments.

There was no celebration. I started the blog sitting in bed one night as a joke. I don’t really even remember signing up for Twitter. But looking back on it, those two decisions have more radically changed my career than almost any other decisions I’ve ever made.

I hope you realize the time we’re living in right now. We are the Lewis and Clark of the Internet. In 100 years, a fourth grader is going to read a Social Studies book at school about how we used the Internet. We are radio’s first voices, the first image sent on a television screen, the first footprints on the moon.

There is wild opportunity afoot. Don’t miss it.

Dare to be a pioneer.

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Comments

  1. says

    This is so true, Jon. I started my blog 3.5 years ago and I’ve gotten out of it what I’ve put in. I do wish I had more time to devote to it to fully reap the benefits. This is definitely the time to embrace opportunity.

  2. says

    Rock on Jon. Reminds me of a quote, “One year from now you’ll wish you would have started today.” Haha, actually I just thought of my own quote. “Be careful of the decisions you don’t know you’re making.” -Geoff Reese

  3. Chioma Meek says

    Any effort with Good(Same as Godly) Motives are never Unfruitful, Though the beginning my seem unpleasant, But knowing the source of your motives keeps you going and strong.. I just Thank God for God(Jesus)..

  4. says

    It wasn’t long after you started the blog that I ran across it in a Google search for something. I remember thinking it wouldn’t last long. I was wrong. Sorry about that.

    @billdjohnson

  5. says

    Jeff Goins says in the In Between that the most significant moments in people’s lives are often the little ones, often unrecognizable. That you don’t remember signing up for twitter is such a great example, particularly since you have five or six followers by now… slowly making a name for yourself there ;)

  6. says

    I’m bummed I missed the first year of SCL (though I went back and read the archives), but I have loved being a part of what you’re doing there for the past five years! Wow! 2009 was a really horrible year for me, and SCL was truly a highlight. Thanks for that.

  7. says

    I just joined Twitter and I really don’t get it. Random people following you, 140 character limit. I’m verbose and not that witty like you. I just don’t know if it’s going to work for me. But I hear it’s absolutely necessary and I see others using it for marketing, so I’m giving it a try.

    • Lady Tam says

      It’s all Snapchat and Vine now. :)

      By the time folks realize they can use something for personal marketing like this, it’s already become old news.

      I…I can’t keep up. lol

  8. Rodney Eason says

    When were you first on the Catalyst podcast? I heard you on that and then started reading your blog.

  9. says

    Wow! What a great way to perceive our role with the birth of the internet. And can I just say thank you for being a Christian to embrace the internet, social media, etc. I’m exhausted of Christian people trying to demonize it all. :)

  10. Joshua S. says

    The only problem is, the pioneers had to trust that what was ahead of them was going to not kill them or be worse than what they had left behind. The internet is great and all, but it is also a vast wasteland of terrible-ness. Rather than be pioneers and blindly dive headlong into it, let’s be cultivators and raise good things from what we have. That doesn’t mean joining every single new site or fad that comes along. That means focusing on what is going to last and making a difference there. Its a dangerous thing to throw yourself haphazardly into the Internet. As for the Lewis and Clark reference, sometimes those people don’t make it back. Also, I doubt there will even be social studies textbooks in 100 years. Or social studies for that matter.

    • Emily says

      Ok now I’m curious. I get why we might not have textbooks in 100 years, but why not social studies? I’m completely intrigued and want to know why you believe this.

    • Lady Tam says

      There totally will be Social Studies, because what else can they do?

      Unless everyone’s getting taught at home by their Apple iPad Holo. (That’s an iPad that produces holograms, in case you’re wondering.)

      You know what they WON’T have??

      MICROSOFT!!!

      Boom. Headshot.

    • Joshua S. says

      I just like to think there will be other things to study. Like how the robots took over in 2050 and things were never the same…

      No, really though, it will be interesting to see what sticks around in 100 years. I’m sure a century from now, what we know of as “education” might look completely different.

  11. says

    I got Twitter originally just to follow you (5 and a half years ago I think). Spent this morning having breakfast with people I met originally on Twitter and have worked in social media. Amazing what came out of that original sign up!

  12. Lady Tam says

    Does going to Ruby Falls and Rock City during Spring Break count?

    Because I’m going to Ruby Falls and Rock City during Spring Break.

    I was also told…TOLD, not ASKED…to leave all my graphic design school work at home during that time, so I could “enjoy vacation”.

    To that I say a big fat “PPPPFFFFFTTTTHHTHTHTHTHTTTTTHTHTHTTT!!!!!!!111″

    They can wrestle my laptop from my cold, undead zombie hands after the Apocalypse!!!11

    (I think it’s time for me to get some sleep..)

  13. says

    The clarity provided when you can look back on your life with purpose is amazing. I began playing the guitar on a whim about 16-years ago, not knowing it would indirectly lead me to my wife and set a fire inside of me for speaking/writing.

    Nothing begins in the spotlight, it starts in a dark corner somewhere when no one is watching and no one seems to care.

    Glad you never gave up Jon.

  14. Lois Pepple says

    You speak truth, Jon. Except for how you see education in 100 years. By 2100, I imagine fourth graders will use few “books”, but will utilize technology which by then will include personal communication/research/response devices, where updates will regularly be downloaded so that students will find the most current information.
    But yes, isn’t it something to realize how “historical” our great-great grandchildren will discover the internet to be? I wonder in what ways they will be using internet technology in 100 years?

  15. says

    I think this is magnified because we live in a instant gratification world. We want to see results for our work yesterday. It’s so much about picking a target and committing to go towards it daily. The outcome isn’t always controllable, but the effort we put forth surely is.

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