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This is my first post…

…and it’s a doozy. Really. It is. Full of all kinds of insight and humor and relevantness. It’s the story of how I met Relevant Magazine.

So back in early 2002, I was a graphic designer and copywriter at an advertising firm in Texas. Doing a little freelance writing on the side. Getting published, um, pretty much nowhere. And my sister, Micha Boyett-Hohorst (who was just Micha Boyett back then) sent me an email telling me to take a look at this new website: Relevantmagazine.com.

So I did.

It was a small little site with a couple of articles about movies and the faith-related elements in them. Something or other. Honestly, I don’t remember what was actually on the site at all. What I do remember is realizing that this little webzine was trying to fuze faith and popular culture without being all weird or isolationist or condemnatory about it. So I clicked around, saw an email link to a certain Cara Baker (back before she got married, at which point she became a certain Cara Davis) and asked her if I could send an article her way. She wrote back and said yes. So I sent one, about a guy in the “special adults” department in my church who used to play the harmonica and weep during our church services. It was kinda mushy and sentimental, as most articles and/or television shows and/or movies containing harmonicas tend to be. But Cara liked it all right, and it got published.

Long story short, here we are five years later. Web articles turned into stuff for “850 Words of Relevant” which turned into more web articles and then I wrote some books. Cara went and got married and started having babies. Cameron got the magazine launched and added TV and podcasts and now a whole bunch of other stuff is happening, including blogs. Which is a good idea, because I’ve got a hunch this blogging thing might be popular someday.

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Anyway, now you know. And knowing, kids, is half the battle.

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