Happy Birthday, Agent Tim

October 7, 2006 — 19 Comments


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.

Tim Sweetman

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Tim Sweetman is a 22-year-old writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

19 responses to Happy Birthday, Agent Tim

  1. Moriah Strickland October 7, 2006 at 1:32 PM

    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. 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. 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. 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! :D

  5. 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. 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. 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. Hey Tim!

    Happy Blogging birthday!

    Wow! God has been awesome hasn’t He? but then, He’s God. :D
    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. 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* :D )

  10. 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. Happy Blogging Birthday Agent Tim!

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 2 years… Thats a long time.
    Well spent time, I might add.

    Keep up the good work.

  15. Hurrah! Congratulations! God bless, and keep it up. It’s an encouragement to all of us.

  16. *cheers for Tim*

    Keep the faith Brother. Keep the faith.

    May Christ be with your always,
    The Blogging Boy Scout,
    Travis

  17. Congratulations on an astounding 2 years! A lot can happen in that amount of time!

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

    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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