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'F' as in Frank

The family that blogs together...

Joni is getting ready to join me in the blogosphere. I started a blog last year and contribute to it only sporadically.

Now Joni is getting ready to enter the blogging world, and I have a feeling she'll be much better at it than me.

In fact, she is starting a blog in part due to encouragement from a friend of hers who suggested that Joni take up the hobby. That's because Joni is a frequent contributor to discussions on her friend's blog.

Since I've been down the blogging road before, Joni's asking me to help her get started with her blog. It's not as easy as it sounds.

She wants me to squeeze as many bells and whistles as we can out of the free blog service she signed up for. Joni wants the red carpet treatment for her web log.

Sometimes, as I think she's beginning to see, simpler can be better for a blog design; the fewer distractions the easier it is to focus on the purpose of writing and posting to the blog.

In Joni's case, she says her blog is going to be all about worship, a chance to share her journey in playing the piano and praising the Lord.

She may not be aware of it, but this is actually Joni's second "blog." About 10 years ago when we were in Hungary - well before the prevalence of blogs or web logs - Joni had a website with a free service. She posted to it often with notes and updates, today what we would call blogging.

The nice thing is that once "praisegirl," as Joni's blog will be called, has a template set up it will be a piece of cake for her to post to it.

Then I can go from being editor to just being one of her visitors to the site, enjoy reading and posting responses to the worship journey on "praisegirl" along with everyone else.

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