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"Time Enough Yet"

Posted by admin on October 15, 2014

Like the old hymn, I keep telling myself that there is "Time Enough Yet." Over the last several weeks, the time that I have been using to work on this website has slowly been taken away from me by other important obligations. Each week I tell myself that there is still time enough yet to get another hymn done and posted. Sadly that has not been the case.

Another time consumer has been my laptop. A few weeks ago it decided to "go the way of the world" and I had to invest in another. Having been a Linux user for about 15 years, I decided to invest in an Apple MacBook. The main reason for this is the ability to do work on my iPhone or iPad when I'm not at home and have things conveniently migrate to the laptop. This has been a great benefit to me as well as a learning curve. Getting things ready for and working on the website is quite different. I do have the new process down and it seems to work quite well.

For those who are frequent visitors, I do not want you to think that I have abandoned this project. It's that updates may be longer in coming than I would like. As time does permit, I will be making corrections and work on adding the lyrics to the pages that currently do not have them and making corrections as I find them. This really does not take too much time to accomplish. Also, I will still monitor the guest book and email daily.

Thank you so much for your interest, and may God bless you in all that you do.

Ted


I'm Humbled!

Posted by admin on March 21, 2014

I'm humbled. What else can I say! Looking back over 2013 I am amazed at the amount of activity that this little hymn site has generated. Like all website owners, there is always the curiosity about the traffic that makes it's way to their web-site. As I have said before, I never attempt to locate or track personal information from this sites visitors. I don't even know if it can be done. I do however, use Google analytics and Awstats to look at general information and I thought that I would share this with you.

This past year, this site has logged 4,615 unique visits with 1,158 return visits with a total of 54,000 page views! With about 193 countries in the world I have had visits from 95 of them! When I started this site a few years ago, I never would have dreamed that I would have this much interest in my efforts.

Two of the most searched for hymns were "Dare To Stand Like Joshua" and "There's No Disappointment In Heaven". The most downloaded hymn was "Lord, Remember Me."

I know that I can never reach the magnitude of those large public domin hymn sites that have been around for many years or the volume that they produce on a weekly basis. I just enjoy finding those old hymns that aren't used very much in today's hymnals and hopefully giving them a new life. By the many visits to this website, this dream of mine seems to be coming true.

Thank you so very much for your interest, your nice comments, and your support by visiting and telling others about what can be found here.

May God bless you in all that you do!

Ted


Visitor Searches

Posted by admin on November 15, 2013

One of the benefits of using the Free Find search engine is that they provide reports of what this site's many visitors are looking for.

When I first started this site I had decided to just concentrate on hymns that were new to me. My thought was that with so many hymn books available today, I didn't see the point of doing the more popular hymns that are found in them. However, the reports that I have been looking at are indicating that many visitors are looking for these popular hymns.

After thinking about it for a while, I have decided to spend the next few weeks locating and re-scoring a few hymns that people have searched for. There have been many visitors from other countries that may not have access to good hymnals. By providing the popular hymns, I believe that their worship to God will be greatly enhanced.

For those who visit looking for new hymns I want to assure you that will still be this sites primary goal. But above all, I want all people to be edified in song as we worship God!

Ted


Presentation Hymns

Posted by admin on August 9, 2013

Presentation Hymns that are projected onto overhead screens for congregational singing seems to be the new thing these days. As with all new things, some love this new form of displaying the hymns while others do not prefer it. At times I am amused at the discussions of the pros and cons of hymns being projected onto a screen. From a personal perspective, I do not like to use them. The main reason being is that the words of the hymn appear in short sections and then disappear. The congregation never sees the whole song at one time. Just bits and pieces.

With an hymnal, I often sit and read the hymn before we sing the song or I have sat there afterwards looking the the hymn and reflecting on the words. You just can't do this with projection hymns. No matter which way you may lean in the discussion, there is a desire and need for these presentation type hymns.

This past week I have once again started looking at how I could adapt the hymns on this site to the overhead format quickly and without much effort. I think that I have come across a good solution. For the last 4 or 5 hymns that I have posted on this site, I have added another PDF file in a projection type format.

Take a look at the hymns and see what you think:

I would appreciate any feedback you may have.You can leave me note on the guest board or you can email me at this address.

These hymns are in the PDF format and can be used on Linux, Macs, or Windows with any PDF viewer capable of full screen viewing. The PDF files can also be combined or split using Adobe Distiller, or another program such as PDFSam (which is free.) As a Linux user, I prefer PDF Shuffler. It's a thumbnail viewer with drag and drop capabilities and is fast and easy.

Combining files allows you to build a song service by combining several hymns together and removing verses that you may not want to sing. With a little practice, using PDF's can be just as easy as any other presentation type program.

Hopefully you will find this new addition to the site helpful as you worship God.

Ted


New Look!

Posted by admin on May 16, 2013

For those who are frequent visitors, I am sure you have noticed a significant change. For a while I had grown tired of the rather plain appearance of this website. So this week I sat down and started tweaking the css files to see what I could do. After several hours this is what I came up with.

I hope that you find the change more appealing . Personally, I have found that it makes using the site a little easier. I still have a little work to do on the guest book page, but for now it will have to wait. This is the only change that I have made. There has been no change in any of the site's content (except for new additions.) Should you see something that doesn't quite look right, send me an email and I will try to fix the problem.

Thanks for visiting, and have a nice day!

Ted

MUP Music Publisher Is Now Free

Posted by admin on December 29, 2012

If you have been curious about trying the MUP Music Publisher, now is the time. A few weeks ago Bill and John, who own Arkkra Enterprises, released MUP 6.01 to be used for free. After 17 years of developing and maintaining the prorgram they have now licensed the source code under the BSD licenses and allowing other programmers to improve the code. Bill and John have said on their website: It is our hope that this will enable and encourage many more people to use it, and make it possible to include Mup unencumbered in Linux distributions that otherwise would not include it.

If you are a hymn writer and had considered MUP in the past but was discouraged by the licenses cost, take another look at MUP 6.01. And as always, you are free to use any of the MUP files found on this website to help in your work.

Ted

The Guest Book Is Online!

Posted by admin on August 03, 2012

I finally got around to getting the site's guestbook back online. It took me a while to find something that would easily fit into the site. I think that this one will be easy to use and provide a nice way for those who would like to leave feedback about the site.

With this guestbook you can leave public or private messages. When leaving a message, you are required to enter an email address. This does not have to be a real email address. In fact you can enter anything that looks like one and it will accept it. For example, you can enter [email protected] or [email protected] and it will accept it. So if you are hesitant about leaving you email, just enter something like these examples and do not worry about it. I do not collect email address for any reason and don't intend to do that here. I have trouble keeping track of my own, let alone someone elses!

So feel free to leave feedback. I always enjoy comments from those who visit.

Ted

Major Site Renovation!

Posted by admin on June 14, 2012

It's been close to three months since I have made any additions to this website. These have been very busy months because I have rebuilt the site. I had originally built this website using the Concrete 5 CMS sytem. While it is easy to use and had many unique features that made website building easy, I was not happy with its performance. As the site became bigger, it became slower and this disappointed me deeply. Not being a "power user" of the system, I lacked the ability to tweak it's performance. This, along with the constant fear of a database crash I decided to rework the site using just plain html.

The last few weeks have been interesting because I have learned new things, but it has also been very time consuming because of the amount of work that was involved in building hundreds of pages with a "gazillion" links! I think the performance issue has been resolved, and moving around the site will not be frustrating to the user by having to wait for database loads.

I have to admit that it is not very flashy with a lot of eye candy. I'm not very good with those sort of things. I had always intended for this site to be just a repository for hymns that people could easily access. Hopefully I have achieved that for you.

During the rebuild I corrected a lot of mistakes (some very embarrassing!) And I started adding the lyrics of the hymns to it's page. My friend who owns ehymns.org encouraged me to do this and he was right. It really does add to the value of the hymn. I have done several so far and will add more each week over the next few months until it is complete.

The site is still a little rough around the edges but things will smooth out over time. I hope you enjoy the changes, and as always, find it useful as you worship God in song.

Ted