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My Other Job:Content Editor at The High Calling Blogs

January 19, 2010

Robert Pagliari over at CBS Money Watch has recently released a book called The Other Eight Hours. His schtick is that you work eight hours, you sleep eight, and then the other eight hours are available for you to build wealth and purpose for your life. So when you come home from work, instead of watching TV, eating, playing with your children or communicating with your wife, Pagliari says you should be investing that energy into developing your lifelong dreams because it will payoff bigtime in the future. Otherwise, you are just wasting precious time.

Pagliari may be overstating his case, but I can definitely relate to his advice. For the past 18 months, I have devoted a significant amount of my free time to writing this blog. Certainly not eight hours a day – more like one or two hours a day, or sometimes as little as twenty minutes. Eight hours would be nuts, because I want to do other things during those free hours. Like having dinner with my wife, or watching American Idol, or just hanging out with my teenage daughters once in a while. Even so, I somehow managed to sneak time in here and there to write, wedged in between the busy calendar of a demanding work and home life.

Keeping up with all this blogging stuff isn’t easy, but I enjoy the creative outlet of writing, not to mention this strange delusion that I am contributing a fresh voice to the stodgy subject of Faith in the Workplace. Plus I am meeting some interesting, smart and, oddly enough, normal people online. Blogging has turned into a fun hobby, so three cheers to Paglioni and his work-hard/work-hard philosophy.

Then, lo and behold, my writing suddenly took a small turn from hobby to professional status last month when I was officially knighted as Content Editor at the High Calling Blogs, where I will oversee a weekly posting on the subject of work and faith. A Real Writing Job! With real editorial responsibilities! I am thrilled, because The High Calling Blogs is a tremendous community of intelligent, thoughtful, and caring people, where the emphasis is on living out your Christianity as part of your every-day life, rather than as dogmatic regulations. 

Of course I still have my executive day job, and I will continue to post regularly here at Shrinking the Camel. There are still six hours of my day left wasting away, after all. Might as well use ’em all up.

To celebrate, I would like to introduce you to the talented team of editorial folks that I am working with, those creative talents who are also working it out in their own “other-few-hours” capacity, no-doubt juggling multiple roles of jobs, parenthood, freelancing, etc. while filling the various essential editorial roles over at The High Calling Blogs.

First, say hello to L.L. Barkat, who is the Managing Editor at High Calling Blogs. Ms. Barkat is a wonderful author and poet, with two books to her credit: Stone Crossings: Finding Grace in Hard and Hidden Places, and her most recent poetry book, Inside Out. She also authors a few blogs, which I can’t imagine doing since I can barely keep up with one. Seedlings in Stone focuses on writing, art, life, and poetry; Green Inventions Central centers around creativity, social media, life management and healthy living; Love Notes to Yahweh is all about spiritual practice. To top it all off, she is also a Staff Writer for International Art Movement’s Curator Magazine. Whew! Stop by and visit one (or more) of her Blogs for a taste of her culture, art, poetry and simply excellent writing. 

Larua Boggess is also a Content Editor at High Calling Blogs, who works on special online community projects and book discussions. Larua is author of  Brody’s Story, a young adult fiction book. Her blog is called The Wellspring, where you will find beatifully-written reflections on spirituality in daily living.

Gordon Atkinson is the Founding Editor at High Calling Blogs, and he made a name for himself as an early blogger (starting way back in 2002!) over at, with his blog called Real Live Preacher. His essays were eventually parlayed into a couple of book collections. As you might guess from his blog name, Gordon is a real live pastor, as well as a writer and blogger, and also a part-time web-designer. I would call that a multi-vocational sort of guy. Sounds like he’s completely using up his other eight hours.

Ann Kroeker is another fellow Content Editor, whose focus at High Calling Blogs is on parenting and family life. She also blogs at her own place where she writes about creativity, simplicity, family, lifelong learning, and slowing down. Anne too has a couple of books to her credit, Not So Fast: Slow-Down Solutions for Frenzied Families (2009) and The Contemplative Mom: Restoring Rich Relationship with God in the Midst of Motherhood (2000). Sounds like the type of thing most of us mad-rushing business-types could use to stop for a refresher once in a while. I wonder what she would tell Mr. Pagliani about how best to use those other eight hours?

And then there is Sam Van Eman, the Content Editor for the subject of Culture. Sam has a keen eye for this, since he is a critic and fan of advertising, as you can see in his blog, A New Breed of Advertisers. He has also recently published a book, “On Earth as it is in Advertising?” Cool title, right? That’s Sam.  He’ll make you think. Twice.    

Chris Cree is the Senior Community Manager at High Calling Blogs, which basically means he puts all the technology together to keep our site up and running.  Chris is owner of SuccessCREEations, Inc. which is a new media consulting firm. I think that Chris meshes all the hours of his day together, so he probably can’t even tell you which are the other eight.

Dan King is the Social Media Editor at His job is to keep us all on top of the social media scene, because God knows that I can’t keep up with it on my own. Dan, also known as the Bible Dude, is another full-time corporate dude like me, and works as a corporate training manager. During his other eight hours he is a great writer and blogger, too. Check out his awesome blog here.

And last but not least, my good friend Marcus Goodyear, who got me in to this whole mess. Marcus is the Senior Editor at High Calling Blogs, and our overall fearless leader with a Vision to build an online empire (my word, not his) of intelligent, creative Christians who want to live out their faith in meaningful, ordinary ways, both online and off. Marcus also runs a pretty mean blog over at Good Word Editing.

I hope you get a chance to visit The High Calling Blogs and join in on some of the conversation you will find there. Oh, and make sure to drop by on Tuesdays for the work and faith topic. You see, there’s this really great new Content Editor…

Photo by nAncY, used with permission.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2010 6:33 am

    Good intro to the team — and we expect great things, Brad!

  2. January 19, 2010 7:49 am


    Thank you for all the introductions, too. Good stuff.

  3. January 19, 2010 8:03 am

    Congratulations Brad! I recently joined the High Calling Blogs Network, so I’ll probably meet you over there too.

  4. January 19, 2010 9:15 am

    It is a good team. Mighty good!

  5. Dan King permalink
    January 19, 2010 10:08 am

    Good stuff Bradley! I’m excited to be a part of this team with you! And I really appreciate you fitting the word ‘dude’ into the piece about me… dude, that was awesome!

  6. January 19, 2010 10:10 am

    Thanks for the great introduction, Bradley!

    As Content Editor for Family/Parenting (and author of Not So Fast), I feel obligated to say that I’m glad you haven’t followed Pagliari’s advice religiously and instead left some time free for your family…and American Idol.

    • January 20, 2010 6:01 am

      Thanks Ann. That’s the first time anyone has given me spiritual encouragement to watch TV. I appreciate it.

  7. January 19, 2010 10:10 am

    And may I add that I’m honored to be on the team with you!

  8. January 19, 2010 11:09 am

    Great stuff Brad! Congratulations!

  9. January 19, 2010 12:14 pm


  10. January 19, 2010 2:06 pm

    Loved the humor here. (It’s one of my favorite things about the new Content Editor 🙂 And Ann too. Always makes me laugh.

    Thanks for the introductions; I actually learned something new about the dude! : 🙂

  11. January 19, 2010 2:12 pm


    8 hours of sleep??

    although I’m not sure what I do with the extra awake hours.
    Empowering and facilitating and stuff.

  12. January 19, 2010 7:58 pm

    I’ve really been enjoying my time visiting The High Calling Blogs and I’m glad to have joined the network. Thanks for introducing us to everyone.


  13. January 19, 2010 9:12 pm

    I’m still trying to add up the math! I have an extra eight hours??? I better start finding it!

    Thanks, Bradley, for such a sweet introduction. I am honored to be named among such as these. I’m excited about being a part of The High Calling Blogs and can’t wait to see what unfolds in the coming year! It’s going to be fun getting to know everyone better and this is a great start.

  14. January 19, 2010 10:56 pm

    Congratulations Bradley! I know that you will do an awesome job!

  15. January 20, 2010 10:01 am

    I’m with Deb. Who gets 8 hours of sleep? Perhaps that’s a good place to start in getting a better handle on my extra 8 hours.

    Thanks for your kind words about everyone!

  16. January 20, 2010 12:28 pm

    I just had to stop in and thank you for your comment at my blog yesterday! I also had to thank you for a good laugh over the misspelling of my name at HCB – I’ve had issues with my last name all my life, and my husband has had issues with his too – when you combined the two and made issues out of both… WOW. Congratulations! This is going down in our history somewhere!

    And congrats on the new job; it sounds like a dream job!

  17. January 20, 2010 7:00 pm

    who took that ugly photo?!

  18. January 21, 2010 12:53 am

    Congratulations all around!

  19. January 21, 2010 6:15 am

    To all those who complained about the questionable assumption of getting 8 hours of sleep: It dawned on me last night as I lay down my weary head that I generally work 12 hours a day (including my 1/2 hour commute each way) and sleep about 7 (not enough) which adds up to 19 hours, leaving just five hours a day. “Your Other Five Hours” – That’s a more realistic title for Pagliari’s book, isn’t it? And like Marcus, I’d just as soon get that extra 1 hour of sleep… Oh well.

  20. October 10, 2010 7:20 pm

    Great blog! Just now starting in with Word Press. I was originally on MS Live Spaces but they have decided to move to Word Press. I am not all that impressed with Word Press at the present but we shall see.

  21. October 10, 2010 7:22 pm

    How do I get in on this High Calling Blogs stuff? I mean by publishing? Would you consider me?

    • October 11, 2010 8:22 pm

      Hey, Shood – (is that the right name?)

      Of you want to be considered, start getting involved with the community and get to know us! We’ll also get to know you, too, and then take it from there. Thanks so much for the comment!

    • October 11, 2010 8:24 pm

      And here is the link:
      Sign up as a member, and start scoping around the site and the blogs. It’s a great place.

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