While I am the one writing these daily blogs my brother Dan in Waikīkī has acted as both my editor and my online publisher. We have been publishing these daily blogs for slightly more than 6 months and between Dan and I the various steps consume nearly 3 hours from start to finish for the written posts (1 hour for the photo posts). Fortunately we started the writing process 3 months in advance to compensate for those days where my ministerial work has me traveling somewhere away from home. I have been absolutely ASTOUNDED by their tremendous reception! People have contacted me from all over the world to tell me how helpful they find them and how each day’s blog becomes a kind of meditation-focus for them for the rest of their day!
Currently the blogs are being read in 44 states in the U.S. as well as in the United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa, Philippines, Ireland, Botswana, Hong Kong, Germany, Hungary, Estonia, Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Russian Federation, Australia, France, Taiwan, Brazil, Kenya, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, Romania, Turkey and Slovenia to name a few (32 countries in total)! Thus far there have been more than 7,100 readings of the postings! (red dots are cities worldwide where blogs have been read)
In addition I am the Pastor of a parish in Georgia with a lively, growing congregation which comes first of all my duties. I also take two long trips each month ministering to another small parish and a small monastery of Nuns. It has become clear that we don’t have enough time any longer to sustain this daily format as numerous other responsibilities have continued to surface! From the posting of this entry we’re going to shift to a twice-weekly format, typically between Mondays and Thursdays… maybe some photos on weekends once in awhile.
It is our hope that this schedule will enable us to continue to publish these blogs for several years to come, or at least for as long as people find them useful. Your kind consideration and your feedback are always welcome!