SouthernGospelBlog.com becomes Southern Gospel Journal

For most of this website’s existence, I have wished that I had picked a different name. “Blog” was a cool term eight years ago, much like “social media” is now, and something else will be in a decade. The term suggests an amateur and often short-lived personal opinion column, not a reliable news source taken seriously by its staff and readers. So, three or four years ago, I decided that I would rename this site if I could ever find the right name.

That day has arrived. Today, SouthernGospelBlog.com becomes Southern Gospel Journal.

Where “Blog” feels increasingly dated, “Journal” feels timeless, businesslike, and professional.

Several new columns and other changes have been planned to coincide with this rebranding. Several have already been rolled out, including the introduction of the CD Interviews column and the return of the Songs From the Books of the Bible column. Other changes should be announced in the near future.

Welcome to Southern Gospel Journal! 


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32 Letters to the Editor

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  1. Whoa…you’re an institution…this is like changing the name of the Mona Lisa! 🙂

    Seriously, though, I applaud the change.

    • Funny, and thanks! 🙂

    • There was a song called “Mona Lisa” sung by Nat King Cole decades ago, but I don’t think we will be reading about it here in the new journal. Congratulations on your success, and thanks for keeping us informed. By the way, the new Gaither album “Hymns” is available for pre-order on the Gaither website, and Michael and Mark are pictured on the album cover (Gaither Music is pleased to announce the upcoming release of The Gaither Vocal Band: Hymns, which is the first-ever GVB recording comprised entirely of hymns! Due in stores March 4, Hymns serves as the beautiful punctuation at the end of a five-year era with the all-star GVB line-up featuring Bill Gaither, Mark Lowry, Michael English, David Phelps and Wes Hampton.)

      • Here is a bit of a mystery about HYMNS. I received the email from Gaither about the pre-order. When you click the link it takes you to a page with info about the cd, a sampler and a track listing. Here is the track listing:
        Amazing Grace
        God Lead Us Along
        Til the storm passes by
        Lord I’m coming home
        Redeemed
        More of You
        The Old Rugged Cross
        Fy Faith Still Holds
        I’ll Fly Away
        Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior
        At The Cross

        11 tracks

        When you click to the order page the track listing is the same except it adds:

        Love Lifted Me

        12 tracks

        The Capitol distribution page lists 11 tracks

        leaving out Lord, I’m coming Home

        When I received the link for the two free downloads the Star Spangled Banner was named:

        14_Star_Spangeld_Banner

        So what is the actual songs on the CD? Are there 12 or 11?

      • That is a good question. I will probably wait until it comes on the market and then get it. 🙂

  2. I see, is that why you got rid of “Recent Comments”? I’ll still miss the discussion it helps generate!

    • That change isn’t necessarily permanent.

  3. Changing an established brand is a dangerous road to walk. Sure, blog is outdated as far as coolness goes, but southerngospelblog.com is more of a brand, not a blog. Plus, you made the URL even longer! 🙂

    Not a fan of the change, but I understand your thought process and hope it works.

    • I recognize that it’s a brand. The problem is this: The brand’s connotations ultimately became exactly the opposite of what I am trying to accomplish here.

      Actually, this brand name is one character shorter, since I’m not including the .com in the branding. 🙂

  4. As Bill Gaither would say: Why not…

  5. Great choice! I do like change.:) However, I too miss the ” Recent Comments “.

    • Thanks. They may return after Gaither hires a fifth member and the continuous speculation there ends. 🙂

  6. 🙂

  7. You know, I’ve made a decision. I will change this from a “maybe” to a “definitely,” Lord willing: Once Gaither hires his fifth member and the comments section (hopefully) returns to sanity, the “recent comments” area will return.

    • Haha Good! Leave it to Bill…

  8. Congrats on your new “rebranded” Journal. I have enjoyed finding it in my inbox for the past several years and look forward to both the consistency as well as forthcoming changes. It’s a good and reliable source of news; you keep it clean and positive, and I hope for may years of continued “journaling.” Congratulations on your new name, and Thank You for all the work you put into this for us.

    • Thanks for the encouragement!

      • I dig it. Sounds funny coming from an old guy. Far as the change it makes perfect sense to me.

      • Thanks!

  9. Congrats on fulfilling your vision. We will all go with you.

    • Thank you! A news site that people take seriously wasn’t my vision on day 1. I just thought it was going to be a fun hobby, writing about music I love. Then people started taking it seriously and I got a little scared! (As in the “what on earth do I do now?” variety!)

  10. Daniel, can I say now I knew you when? 🙂 Good for you! You are my first link I open when I get home each day. I don’t care what you call it (well, actually I do, but I like the idea of a “journal”), just as long as you continue in your excellent postings.

    And I vote for remarks returning when you feel it is safe to go back there!

    • Sure, if you like! Thanks!

      Actually, comments are still here. It’s just the widget on the side that’s temporarily hidden until things calm down. 🙂

  11. Looks like Sam, Jayme, and Caleb better get to working on a new jingle!

    • No kidding! We’ve already starting tossing some ideas around. 🙂

      • But we do have to have one of our editors filming some video content first – before it’s worth the time to put together a jingle! 🙂

  12. Yep, good name change!!!

  13. In my opinion you are The Voice of SG these days! 🙂 This is where I come for up-to-date info. Thank you! May The Southern Gospel Journal have more readers than ever!! Love the new name, but most likely will still be caught saying, “Did you see the new post on Southerngospelblog?? 🙂 Old habits die hard!

    • Thank you! I’m sure I’m going to slip up, too. Probably daily. 🙂

  14. Daniel I must say that I was surprised when reading this news and like others totally understand. As far as the name is concerned you could call it “Frank” as long as the quality remains consistently superior. As one corporation said long ago, “the quality goes in before the name goes on”. Keep up the great work.

    • Thanks! I don’t think I’ve ever heard that saying before, but that’s a great line. I like it!

      • Lol. I figured that I’d be revealing my age with that line. But there are worse things than being almost 59. 🙂