Mom has broken hip; Dad has untreatable cancer

Thanks for your prayers for my Dad and family. We just found out last week he has bladder cancer which has spread to his spine and ribs. He is so frail (just 112 pounds) that no treatments (chemo, surgery, radiation) would be effective.

Mom is recovering from a broken hip in the same rehab facility as my Dad. You can send a note or card to Mom and Dad at:

Donald and Barbara Watkins
The Oaks at NorthPointe Woods
706 North Avenue
Battle Creek , MI 49017

‘Threat to society’ to burn own books

CORN BORER, IND. Self-professed “threat to society” and author, James Watkins, is threatening to burn his own books Saturday, September 18, at noon EDT.

Watkins denies it is a self-serving publicity stunt designed only to attract media attention to his mediocre career as author and speaker. “If this gets me on the ‘Today Show,’ then it is worth the personal sacrifice to boost sales!”

What’s new September 2010

New posts at Hope & Humor . . .

9/11: Remembrances and resources

Top ten reasons “Burn a Koran Day” is anti-biblical

Becoming like little children

Are authors in their “write” mind?

Spray-paint parenting

Speaking at . . .

September 11, 2010
American Christian Writers
Louisville, KY

September 24-25, 2010
American Christian Writers
Spokane, WA

September 28-October 1, 2010
Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference
Muskegon, MI

Three reasons I won’t be blogging three times a week

The graph looks like a “black diamond” ski slope! Is it the stock market? New home sales? Network news viewers? Nope, it tracks the number of visitors to my blog since April of 2008. Here are three possible reasons:

1. Much of the loss in traffic came from the demise of GospelCom of which I was a member. The popular portal brought in a whole traffic jam of visitors to jameswatkins.com.

2. My recent—and totally unscientific—survey revealed that people enjoy “Hope and Humor,” but are just too busy to visit regularly. And since I began my site in April 1997, the number of sites worldwide has grown exponentially to nearly 30 billion sites. That’s a lot of competition for people’s time and attention.

3. The vast majority of my traffic (74 percent) is now coming from search engines, which supports my theory that people have become searchers of information rather than followers of particular authors. (I have nearly 1,200 Facebook friends—love you all—but only 3 percent of visits to jameswatkins.com come from links posted there. A fraction of a percent of visits come from my Twitter links.)

Visits to the 200-plus pages on my site have also declined, but at more of a “bunny slope” than a deadly drop. And so, with the encouragement of Jeanette’s post, it’s time to “grow brave,” shoot the horse (although I’m sure she wasn’t suggesting that!) and “attempt greater feats” with a better return for my effort than blogging. Honestly, at this point, I have no clue what that “something” is, so thanks for your prayers for wisdom and creativity.

I’ll continue to archive articles, book excerpts, comedy/drama, humor and original videos on this site, but will no longer regularly blog. So, starting Wednesday, September 1, the home page, which was used as a blog for the past several years, will become an index of pages arranged by categories. Click for a sneak preview.

And I’ll continue to keep in touch on Facebook and Twitter as well as posting an occasional new article or book excerpt at jameswatkins.com/newstuff.

Summer reruns, new speaking gigs . . .

Like summer TV, we’re still in reruns until the new season begins September 1. Thanks for your patience!

Meanwhile, check out the best of Hope and Humor.

And here’s where I’ll be speaking in September:

September 11, 2010
American Christian Writers
Louisville, KY

September 24-25, 2010
American Christian Writers
Spokane, WA

September 28-October 1, 2010
Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference
Muskegon, MI

The best of ‘Hope & Humor’

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My plan to take off the summer from blogging went over like ants at a picnic. Visits to the home page dropped nearly 25 percent over the past year, so a new approach: I’ll be running the “best of” HOPE & HUMOR posts from the past year, updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday as in the past. Let’s see if that brings back the picnickers.

Monday’s post: Are you listening to Goliath or God?

Wednesday’s post: Top ten things I (Jim) would do if I were God

Some thoughts on air travel

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Fort Wayne airport now has full-body scanner. Creepiest part is TSA’s $19.95 offer of “one 8×10, two 5x7s and 10 wallets.”

Flying to writers’ conference on tiny turbo prop. I hate it when the pilot swoops down to spray a field of soybeans!

I don’t believe in purgatory, but I do believe in Chicago’s O’Hare airport. Light a candle for me tomorrow morning!

(I’m taking the summer off from blogging, but you can keep up with me at Facebook)