I'm summarising the Bible on Twitter - one tweet per chapter, one chapter per day.
It's a three-and-a-half year project. I started on 8 August 2010 and I'm on course to finish on 8 November 2013.
I've completed 1,046 of the 1,189 chapters.
The @biblesummary account has 27,957 followers.
Bible Summary has been featured in the news all over the world.
Now available for Kindle
Kenny Toal from ITV Tyne Tees interviewed me for a piece on Bible Summary yesterday, which went out on the local news this evening.
Here's the video.
I was in the Northern Echo again this week too. They've been great supporters of the project. And the story was picked up in the local free paper which went though every door in Durham today.
I've gained 150 followers since this morning. Thanks for your interest!
UPDATE Mar 1: Looks like I'm in the Church Times too.
I can hardly believe it, but I'm going to finish the Old Testament tomorrow morning! It will be my 929th consecutive day of Bible Summary.
Which means, of course, that I'll be starting the New Testament on Friday morning.
This would be a great moment for new followers to join, so if you like the project please do spread the word.
Here's a press release: Bible Tweeter reaches the Gospels
Bible Summary has been mentioned on Mashable again, in a post about a new project to tweet the whole Bible, a verse a day.
Yes, the folks at @TweetTheBible86 are making my 3.5 years look easy. Their project will take 86!
Of course, they do have the advantage of just pasting the verses as they are (rather than writing an original summary each day), but it's still an ambitious undertaking!
If you like the idea of @TweetTheBible86 but would prefer a quicker pace, you can follow @BibleBird, who are in the middle of tweeting a verse every 20 minutes.
I've almost finished Job... which means the Psalms are just around the corner!
I've been looking forward to the Psalms since I began the project. I'm a worship leader in my day job, so it's going to be brilliant tweeting the songs of ancient Israel every day for five months!
I've written another press release to highlight this part of the project. Please do pass it on to anyone you think may be interested!
Bible Summary was on TV in Canada this week as part of an interesting piece on 'Jesus in a Digital Age' for the show 100 Huntley Street...
It was a bit of a shock doing a TV interview again - I'd got a bit out of the swing!
Also this week, CNN's Belief Blog used a screen grab of the Bible Summary Twitter page at the top of their article 'My Take: How technology could bring down the church'. The article doesn't mention Bible Summary so I'm not sure whether I'm implicated!
It was great to have a bit longer to explain the project and reflect on how it's going.
The BIGBible Project itself is well worth checking out, so do follow the link above and explore!
PS. Many thanks to Pete for sparing my blushes by editing out a mis-attributed reference (I confused my Victorian literary classics).
File this under ‘light-hearted’...
A few people have asked me what my ‘secret’ is for getting so much media coverage for Bible Summary.
The answer? I sent an 80-word press release to my local newspaper, and that’s pretty much it! I’m sure 999 times out of 1000 that wouldn’t lead to an interview on CNN. It just snowballed!
But with my 15 minutes surely almost over and the three-and-a-half years of the project still ahead, here are a few semi-serious reflections on what contributed to these very strange and exciting few days...
The official Bible Summary Recipe for Media Interest*
* greatly enhanced if taken with a pinch of salt
So there it is – I hope it works for you too!
A fully-serious final note
It’s amazing (truly!) that so many people have heard about Bible Summary, but I didn't set out to get that kind of publicity. The main motivation in starting the project was engaging more deeply with Scripture myself.
Now that Bible Summary has become popular my biggest hope is that others will be inspired to engage with the Bible too.
So join me reading Genesis 17...
I'm stunned by the response to what I thought would be a little project! 11,000 new followers in less than a week and articles all over the world!
I'm still going through all the emails and messages. Many thanks to those of you who've sent encouragement!
I've put up a press section to link to some of the articles that have mentioned Bible Summary. It's been fantastic that so much of what has been said has been positive.
One of the things I'm happiest about is that many of the articles have quoted my hope that this project inspires you to read the Bible for yourself.
BibleStudyTools.com is one place to start if you don't already have a Bible.
A couple of media things coming up:
I'll be commenting more on the actual business of summarising the Bible in the future, but everything has been a bit overshadowed by the media attention this week.
There's a long way to go!
The day started off with a story in the Northern Echo and has ended with articles on the Guardian, Telegraph and Daily Mail websites, radio interviews for Premier and the BBC, and coverage from as far afield as AOL News in the US, the National Post in Canada and Australia's news.com.au.
I hardly know what to say!
A big thank you to Mark Tallentire at the Northern Echo. And Genesis 7 tomorrow...