Earlier this month this blog turned one. I thought I would use this opportunity to reflect upon the past year.
First, some interesting (to me) stats:
Total blog posts: 137.
Most viewed posts:
#1: Dear Pastor, you are not King David – This post received overwhelming response on Facebook, mostly positive, I think.
#2: Book Review: Jesus Is _____ by Judah Smith – Book reviews generate a lot of search traffic and this one far exceeds the others.
#3: Modesty, Responsibility, and True and False Guilt – This post received overwhelming negative response from one guy, who told all of his friends to give me a piece of their mind. Not my most enjoyable time over the past year.
#4: Book Review: Draw the Circle by Mark Batterson – This review also gets pretty regular search traffic.
#5: Should we treat church buildings as holy ground? – Apparently a lot of people search on this topic as well. This is my one non book review post that brings in consistent views.
One of my goals in creating the blog was increasing the reach of my existing teaching ministry at church. I get modest international readership. This map shows what countries the site has been accessed from:
Where am I going from here?
I don’t really know. After one year I’m pretty satisfied with my mix of topics. This blog mostly serves to clarify my thinking about various topics I am researching and/or teaching at church. It also provides the forum for book reviews – which gets me free books – and for weighing in on various contemporary topics facing the church.
Over the next year I hope to start combining some of my posts into collections and eventually into e-books (formatted PDFs). If anyone is interested in doing pro-bono cover art for any of these mythical e-books please let me know.