Happy Birthday, Agent Tim


Agent Tim has been elusive the last few days, but it has all been for a good cause. Some things are even greater than blogging, and in this case good grades and good speeches are better than blogging. But today, we stop to remember two years ago, on this very day, when Agent Tim Online entered to join the blogosphere as one of the youngest bloggers in Christendom – only age 14.

His very first post was entitled “Welcome” and was so short, it isn’t even worth posting here. But his second and third posts were on something near and dear to his heart — evangelism. In this case, evangelism to Muslims. The blog continued for many days, covering mosty soccer highlights, including the infamous “Red Card” post. Finally, he began to truly blog — about a month or two after. His posts began to take on a much more mature feel, covering topics such as the doctrine of Christ, and Halloween. The most comments recieved during this time was a whopping “2.” He was overwhelmed with excitement.

Suddenly, in Febuary of 2004, he made the big time by being linked on Hugh Hewitt’s weblog. He recieved 5 comments during that time – causing a joyous celebration in Agent Tim’s office. But soon after that he recieved 6 comments after being interview by Catez Steven’s, whom he owes a good deal of the blogging “fame” he now has.

Before he knew it, he was blogging about Terri Shiavo, being interviewed by Albert Mohler, and suddenly being interviewed by many magazines. Regenerate Our Culture began. It was amazing – absolutely astounding.

And here I am today, looking back amazed at what God has done over such a short time. It’s incredible, and I want to thank, of course, his grace to me over this time. I want to thank my mom and dad for all of their help in making it to this place — I am eternally grateful. The rest of my family. My Grandma Trott — she sends me such great material for this blog! I want to thank Jake Smith for getting me interested in blogging, as well as Alex King for design and technical help — you are one amazing guy. Travis Henry, I want to thank you for all of your spiritual insight and for exposing me to what a blog really is. I want to thank Catez Stevens for being so gracious during the early years of this blog. Thanks to Tim Challies — we’ve had our disagreements, but you inspire me every day. I want to thank Dr. Albert Mohler for his encouragement, as well as C.J. Mahaney and Joshua Harris. Thank you to La Shawn Barber. I want to thank Alex and Brett Harris for their continued support and amazing writing. I want to thank all of the bloggers who have helped me along the way — Kristin Braun, Jason Braun, Hannah Farver, David Boskovic, David Macmillan, Kierstyn Paulino, David Ketter (I can’t say enough about how great this guy has been!), Karen Kovaka, Palm Boy (Robert W.), Isaac MacMillen, Brian Whalen, and all the rest of you…every commenter on this site (even One Salient Oversight!). All of the great “uber-bloggers” out there who have inspired me each and every day with there posts.

Thank you for all of your influence.
I wouldn’t be here without you.

19 Comments on “Happy Birthday, Agent Tim”

  1. Moriah Strickland

    I first heard about your site through the World magazine, and your site has been such an encouragement to me. Before reading your blogs I had always thought that there were no true Christian websites that I could visit. I guess I’ve been proven wrong! :) Thanks, Tim!
    In Christ,
    Moriah

  2. Kristin Braun

    Happy blogging birthday Tim! I can’t believe its been 2 years since you started – time goes by so fast. Your blog has been an inspiration and encouragement to me very much and it has been a pleasure to “know” and work with you.

  3. Catez

    Happy Blogiversary!!
    Wow – so much happens in two years. This from your post made me smile:
    “The most comments recieved during this time was a whopping “2.” He was overwhelmed with excitement.”
    I remember feeling very happy when some-one first commented on my blog. It was like, “oh, some-one does actually read and think about my posts”.

    You have a great blog Tim, and thankyou for your kind words. It’s been fun reading you, as well as thought provoking. I like your sense of humour too.

  4. David Ketter

    Congrats on making the two year mark, Tim! Mine was made just this past September 29. (!)

    I just want to say it’s been an extremely encouraging thing to work with you and other “rebelutionaries” on the blogosphere – thank you so much for encouraging my faith! 😀

  5. Hannah

    Congratulations, Tim, on not only having a blog for two years, but having an exceptional blog for two years! It’s quite an accomplishment! Keep up the great work!

  6. Celeste

    I have only been reading for a month now but congrats on making the 2 year mark! The posts I have read were all so encouraging,refreshing and challenging at the same time! Thank you for what you do!

  7. Alex Jordan Harris

    For some reason this didn’t show up the first time I posted. Regardless, here it is now:

    Happy anniversary, Tim! You were the first (serious) Christian teen blog Brett and I found when we first started last August. We were and are so inspired and encouraged by the work you do. It’s so exciting to see you and others continue to branch out in new and exciting ways.

    Keep up the great work, brother! God bless!

  8. Kierstyn

    Hey Tim!

    Happy Blogging birthday!

    Wow! God has been awesome hasn’t He? but then, He’s God. 😀
    Your blog was one of the first ones I saw when I started mine in January. In all honesty I was shocked (in a good way) at the content and it gave me a hope for our generation. It’s been (and will continue to be) a sit well worth the reading, and in your case..writing!

    Keep it up Tim!
    Kierstyn

  9. Carley

    Happy…*cough anniversary, or whatever is the proper name for it. I can certainly relate to a lack of confidence in the blogosphere…(“overwhelmed with excitement,” “joyous celebration,” etc) But you’ve done really well: the site looks great, and you have a new constant reader: me! With Google’s updated reader, I’m able to keep up on a lot of blogs I would have never dreamed of trying to read daily…so, keep posting! And God bless!

    (And here’s with hopes you allow HTML comments…*submits comment* 😀 )

  10. Lindsey

    Congratulations, Tim! Since my pastor first gave me the link to your blog, I’ve been very encouraged and challenged through your posts. God bless you!

  11. Barb

    Congratulations on making the two year mark! You really have a great site for a 16 year old. I was surprised when I found out your age. I think you’ll be around for a long time!

  12. Erika H

    Wow, congrats, Agent Tim! I hope you’ll continue blogging for many years to come – I always look forward to the next post/article! Keep up the awesome work.

  13. Brett Harris

    This is why I need to set up my Bloglines. I’m late as usual. 😛

    Tim, you have been an inspiration to Alex and me since the day we found you. Keep doing hard things. You’re a true leader in our generation. :)

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