Hi, I’m John Wilkerson.
I’m a Husband, Dad, Podcaster, Blogger, Writer, and Speaker.
Since I was a kid I’ve loved technology. My first computer was a Commodore VIC-20. My first gaming console was an Atari 2600. Saturday morning cartoons were my crack.
Those formative years gave me a passion for things that light up and beep. These days I tend to binge on social media and Netflix.
I’ve been married to my fantastic wife for 22 years and have 7 awesome kids, a fancy daughter-in-law, and the cutest grandson on the planet.
My wife and I have homeschooled all of our kids. Well, my wife homeschooled them and I tried to help.
Mostly I just got in the way and distracted them from their learning. That’s what dads are supposed to do, right?
Every day I struggle to follow Jesus
We’re all trying to find purpose in life. Some people try to find purpose in the bottom of a bottle, religion or telling everyone on the internet that they’re wrong.
I’m trying to make sense of my life, my struggles, and figure out why God put me here. It isn’t always easy.
This blog and podcast is a strange combination of my faith, observations on social media and culture, my personal fandom, movie and product reviews, and my spiritual struggles.
Join me as I struggle for purpose in my daily life.
“Dear brothers and sisters…I urge you…to join in my struggle…”
—Romans 15:30 (NLT)
Struggling for Purpose (formerly 10 the Podcast) is a top-of-mind rambling podcast. Most episodes are recorded on the day of their release in an unedited, free-form format. It is approximately 10 minutes long and is published every 10 days.
Three Minute Bible Study is a meditative Bible study podcast designed to help people slow down and hear the plain truth of God’s written word. There are no theological dissertations or debates. Three minutes. Two verses. No trick questions.
The Wired Homeschool is my longest-running podcast. Listen to hear product reviews, interviews, news, and information about using technology to homeschool the digital generation. This podcast is semi-retired. I have plans to release new episodes in late 2020.
Homeschool News Today provided homeschoolers with news that encourages, equips, and entertains five days a week. Articles are carefully curated to provide you with quality content. Each episode is under 2 minutes and the podcast is also available as an Alexa Flash Briefing. This podcast is currently on hiatus.
Project: Movie Time My daughter and I used to sit down about once a month to discuss the latest TV shows and movies we’re watching together. I may restart this podcast with my daughter or other kids.
Stranger Themes Explores Christian themes in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Together with my co-host, Winston Crutchfield, we break down each episode and tease out the ideas and concepts and see how they can be applied to our lives. It was a good idea while it lasted but circumstances prevented us from recording further episodes.
This is the podcast that started my podcasting journey. In November 2005 I started Jesus Geek (then known as Homeschool Tech) and since then I’ve been podcasting in one form or another.
The Stickercast was a weekly podcast that provided GetGlue fans with a weekly rundown of all the official news released from GetGlue as well as tips for earning stickers. GetGlue was a check-in style social platform focused on TV, movies, and music.
Back in 2010, I wanted to make a difference with my podcasts, and Compassion365 was birthed. I and several other podcasters released a podcast every day to encourage people to give to Compassion International.
The Social Giving Podcast never really got out of the gate. I released a few episodes that discussed using social media to encourage people to give to charity. It was meant to be a resource for non-profit organizations.
This blog is built on WordPress (self-hosted) and I use the Twenty Sixteen default theme with a few tweaks.
I’m using the following plug-ins: Akismet, AMP, amr shortcode any widget, BBSpoiler, Blubrry PowerPress, CryptX, Facebook Instant Articles & Google AMP Pages, Jetpack, Pretty Link, SG Optimizer, Social Subscribe and Follow, Ultimate Category Excluder, WP Forms Lite, and Yoast SEO.
For WordPress hosting, I recommend SiteGround for its ease-of-use, reliability, and value. This blog is currently using their shared hosting plan.
I record my podcasts using an ATR2100-USB microphone, plugged into my iPad Mini with an Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter, or directly into my laptop with a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. Recording on the iPad is in Bossjock Studio.
Editing and post-processing are done in Audacity. For podcast media hosting and statistics I recommend Blubrry or Podbean. I also use Auphonic which helps to streamline the enhancing and uploading procedure.