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Thank you for making 2012 a great year for the Emerging Scholars Blog! Among our posts published last year, our top 10 most read posts includes a typical mix of advice for graduate school, spiritual formation, and, well, aliens:

  1. Nicholas Wolterstorff: Advice to Those Who Would Be Christian Scholars
  2. Henri Nouwen: From Loneliness to Solitude
  3. 13 Ways of Looking at Graduate School: Part 1
  4. Who’s Afraid of Angels and Aliens, Alienation and Etcetera?
  5. What is the biggest challenge to today’s apologist? (part of our interview series with Jim Sire)
  6. Who are your favorite poets?
  7. What Do Academics Think of Evangelicals?
  8. What is the greatest challenge facing the church today?
  9. $100 Scholarships to help Emerging Scholars Not Miss Urbana12
  10. Henri Nouwen: What’s the cure for loneliness?

Overall, our top 5 posts for the year (by number of readers) includes some old favorites:

  1. What’s the purpose of a university?
  2. Finding a Postdoc in the Sciences: Nailing the Interview
  3. What I Wish I’d Known About Graduate School: Surviving the Workload
  4. Nicholas Wolterstorff: Advice to Those Who Would Be Christian Scholars
  5. Jesus Didn’t Choose Scholars…

Happy New Year, and happy reading! BTW, if you’re looking for more of our top posts, check out our Top Posts page, which is automatically updated with the most read posts of the month, year, and all-time.

Periodically, we like to look back to see what our most popular posts have been.  We did this in 2009, in July 2010, and again last December. You can also see a running log of our top posts. Popularity isn’t everything, but Tom and I like to keep tabs on what generates interest and spurs conversation.

Here are the most popular posts we published this past year.

  1. Jesus Didn’t Choose Scholars…  (which was also our most commented-upon post of the year)
  2. What I Wish I’d Known: Balancing Life and Graduate School (along with #3 and #6, part of Hannah Eagleson‘s guest series about graduate school)
  3. What I Wish I’d Known About Graduate School: Surviving the Workload
  4. What I Wish I’d Known About Faculty Life: Departmental Politics, Etc. (along with #9, part of Kevin Birth‘s series on faculty life)
  5. Why Bother with Advent? (the first post in our Advent series by Charlie Clauss)
  6. What I Wish I’d Known about Graduate School: Intro
  7. What have you been watching over Christmas Break? (in which Tom Grosh re-entered the Tardis)
  8. Head, Heart & Hands: Fragmented Faith and Fragmented People (Intro/Chapter 1)
  9. What I Wish I’d Known About Faculty Life: The Tenure Track, Etc.
  10. How Do Christian Faculty Integrate Their Faith and Work? (which included a link to an academic paper about the  InterVarsity Midwest Faculty Conference)
What were your favorite posts of the past year – from our blog or others? 


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Who needs electronic calendars when you could have a hand-sewn one instead?

Today, we’re announcing a few changes to the Emerging Scholars Blog:

  • We’re now going to post twice a week, with Mike posting on Tuesdays and Tom posting on Thursdays.
  • For the time being, we’re retiring the Friday Week in Review feature.
  • Instead, we’ll be sharing links throughout the week on the ESN Facebook page and on our shiny new ESN Twitter account.

You heard me right: Twitter. ESN has now entered the 1st quarter of 2010. If you don’t have Twitter, don’t worry: the links on Facebook and Twitter are going to be the same. And, if you aren’t on Twitter OR Facebook, then you’re probably reading this from a cave. Actually, we’re adding a little box to the sidebar of our blog here so that you can see what we’ve recently added to Facebook.

Why are we making these changes? Quite frankly, it’s all about time limitations. After looking at our existing commitments to InterVarsity ministry, fund development, new ESN projects, and more, Tom and I made the hard decision to “pause” the Week in Review. Sharing our weekly reading via Facebook and Twitter will take much less time.

Next month, we have another change on deck. We can’t tell you what it is yet, but we think you’ll like it.