500 And Still Counting!

image Well, today is officially my 500th post on Dad in the Middle, and it seemed like an appropriate time to take a stroll down memory lane, and what better way to do that than by hosting the official Dad in the Middle Awards show.  Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome our not-so-esteemed host….Me.  So, let’s get started by category:

1. The award for Oldest post on Dad in the Middle goes to What Does God Hate?

You heard right.  My very first post was about hate.  Even more it was about things God hates – not a very popular topic in our “God is Love” culture.  Originally published on Facebook on 7/28/2008, this post was inspired Proverbs 6:16-19.

2. The award for post with the greatest number of hits goes to Who Made God? (Questions Kids Ask).

The very first installment in the Questions Kids Ask series, this post has gotten more hits than anything else I have written to date.

3. The award for best take off on an annoying Facebook trend goes to 25 NOT SO Random Things About Me.

First runner up in the category of most popular post, and poised to step in should Who Made God? (Questions Kids Ask) not be able to fulfill it’s responsibilities is this little post I wrote back in April 2009.  Inspired by the “25 Random Things About Me” craze that was going around Facebook at the time, this post is much less random in nature.

image 4. The award for article that really kicked off this blog goes to Nightline Debate – Is Satan Real?.

Between July 2008 and the publishing of this article, I wrote a grand total of 15 of the 500 total posts.  This post marked the beginning of the remaining 485 posts from April 2009 through today.  I did the math, that 485 posts in 510 days in case you’re counting.  It’s a good thing this is Go Dark week!  I need a break.

5. The award for best idea that turned into a ridiculous amount of work goes to The Children’s Ministry Blog Patrol.

When I started the Blog Patrol on April 7, 2009, it was a weekly feature and did not focus entirely on Children’s Ministry. That changed in July 2009 when the Blog Patrol went to a monthly format and narrowed its focus to Children’s Ministry.  Each month, this post contains upwards of 100-200 posts from around the kidmin blogging world.  It serves as a great resource for me to find my way back to useful articles, but it does consume quite a bit of time.  Every time I think about ditching this monthly feature, someone tells me how useful they find it.

6. The award for most creative thing I ever posted is a tie between Someday and 50 Word Gospel.

Someday is actually a poem I wrote during last year’s Go Dark Week.  The 50 Word Gospel was in response to a challenge from the Kid Tech blog.  That was about as creative as things have been since Dad in the Middle started.

7. The award for my favorite “how to” post goes to 30 Ways to Get Connected with Your Kids.

This was actually one of my first posts on the work I was doing in Children’s Ministry.  It got a great response, and is still one of my favorites.

8. The award for the post with the most significant impact on Dad in the Middle goes to 8 Questions to Determine How Proud You Are.

It wasn’t the post itself that was do significant, but a link to the site.  David Wakerley from Kid Inspiration posted an article linking to my original article.  In that post, he poked fun at the current name of the blog – Wayne’s Random Thoughts.  That prompted me to come up with something else, and Dad in the Middle was born.  I wasn’t entirely happy with the name at the time, but it’s stuck and there’s no looking back now.

9. The award for the most out of ordinary post goes to A Christmas Carol Advent.

This was actually a series and not an individual post.  I decided to take a break from my normal posts and spend the 25 days in December leading up to Christmas analyzing and examining a variety of Christmas Carols.  I had a lot of fun doing this series.

10. Our final award – for favorite exposition of a Biblical passage goes to 8 Reasons to Get Involved in Children’s Ministry from Psalm 78.

I love working with kids, and I really enjoyed expositing Psalm for the blog.

There you have.  Thank you ladies and gentlemen for joining us for the 500th post.  I hope you will come back for many more!


  1. Congrats on post 500! Woo hoo!

    • Kenny,

      Thanks. A lot of my inspiration for blogging comes from people like you and Sam Luce who really helped blaze the trail for kidmin blogging.

  2. Congatulations Wayne! What a wonderful achievement!
    Thanks for all your hard work and articulate writing. This blog is challenging, fun and very thought-provoking.
    Here's to the next 500!!
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