Advent 2005

Its Dec 1. Let the Christmas season begin! If you have some ideas for 2005, its about time to get the word out. As far as I know, there is no blog project lined up for this year. Some of us who participated in the world’s first GridBlog followed it up with an Advent :: Grid Blog a week later. I am often wrongly credited with it but it was actually Bob Carlton and Steve Taylor (Emergent Kiwi) who kicked it off by suggesting an image and bloggers responded with thoughts and poetry, adding the :: tag so it could be easily aggregated on Google. Each week had a different image and idea.





the kingdom of God

an entrance


without applause

in genres unused

in fonts never bold

in places hidden





eluding those

who scramble for the prized

who lust after the spectacluar

who never find themselves


the presence of God appears

among poor people


who are learning where to look.

(backstage, by andrew jones, 2003)

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Andrew Jones has been blogging since 1997. He is based in San Francisco with his two daughters but also travels the globe to find compelling stories of early stage entrepreneurs changing their world. Sometimes he talks in the third person. Sometimes he even talks to himself and has been heard uttering the name "Precious" :-)


  • Andrew,
    i’m not tall enough, nor skinny enough for anyone who’s seen the two of us together to ever truly confuse us.
    steve the shortlittleemergentkiwi

  • It is refreshing to browse your site and I know that you will continue to honor the Truth on the web. I would very much like your comments if you have time to check out my humble blog site “The Peek Perspective” at I have just started the blog and not so sure about the process, but would greatly appreciate your comments and your assistence or advice in promoting traffic to my blog, should you find it the right thing to do. Many thanks and keep the faith.-Peek

  • Glad to link to ya! I really do like the poem. I love the last lines “seekers/who are learning where to look”. It’s why I posted the picture I did with it–it’s a neighbor hood I worked and lived at for a summer and found that statement true.

  • I have a meme-creation post on Advent grid blogging here, with a ton of RSS feeds to track the grid blogging. It also displays recent posts from these feeds on the page.
    I recommended using Technorati this year (just link to this page), since it does basically the same thing, and Google Blogsearch will pick it up really well. My first entry is here.
    Thanks for making it happen, everyone, and thanks for bringing it up, Andrew.

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