Thursday, October 25, 2012
Yesterday the number of "pageviews" (a Blogger term) for this Lion Lamb blog exceeded 300, only the second time this has occurred. I have to think that the title of Louise Penny's novel The Beautiful Mystery embedded in the header helped my cause, but I'll take what I can get! I now get anywhere between 250 and 275 looks on weekdays. At my Groundling blog yesterday there were a modest 40+ views, but this is twice what I experienced during the first month.
The stats page tells me that there were approximately 7,200 views in the past month which startles me when I extrapolate through a year. Of course this is all thanks to you, both regular and casual readers. I want to let you know how much I appreciate your connection with these blogs, whether you are one of the thoughtful commenters or part of the silent majority. I love reading the comments and I know lots of others do as well.
The average attendance at a United Church congregation is now between 50 and 60, although, thankfully, St. Paul's is several times that. Just the same, the daily "congregation" for this blog exceeds our attendance on a Sunday morning. Obviously a blog does not replace gathering for worship, but I hope it does connect us.
I have mentioned that I spend about 20 minutes creating each entry, not counting the time I read, listen, ruminate, and muse in preparation. I am glad to have a forum to reflect Christianly (not a word) on what is going on around me in this fast-paced world. I do my best to be varied in content, everything from congregational stories, to trends, to world events. I am closing in on 1900 blog entries between the two since I began.
I am always interested in discovering what would be helpful for you in these blogs. I thank you for the emails I get with ideas for blogs, even if I don't get to them all -- it doesn't mean that they aren't blogworthy! Thank you for graciously overlooking spelling and grammatical mistakes along the way. I am often tapping away at weird hours and with haste. And keep those comments coming.
Your thoughts on this enterprise? Oh yes -- check out my regular entry on both blogs today!