eScriptorium 2009 in review

The stats for 2009 are as follows:

Total views: 8030

Top three referrers:

Referrer Views 314 163 92

Top 3 posts:

Title Views  
Understanding Non-Institutional Churches of Christ: Some Suggestions for First Reads 380
Helpful Lectio Divina quotes 230
About 168

Top 3 search terms:

Search Views
lectio divina 101
mcgarvey ice 46

lectio divina quotes

outrageous campbellite

18 each

I’m still amazed at the international traffic I’ve seen. The clustr map counter reports 776 visitors from these countries since October 2009:

United States (US) 651
Italy (IT) 15
United Kingdom (GB) 12
Mexico (MX) 8
Poland (PL) 8
Australia (AU) 7
Tanzania, United Republic of (TZ) 6
Canada (CA) 6
Spain (ES) 6
Czech Republic (CZ) 4
France (FR) 3
Argentina (AR) 3
Sweden (SE) 2
Chile (CL) 2
Taiwan (TW) 2
United Arab Emirates (AE) 2
Belgium (BE) 2
Romania (RO) 2
Philippines (PH) 2
Guadeloupe (GP) 2
Costa Rica (CR) 2
Peru (PE) 2
India (IN) 2
Brazil (BR) 2
Bolivia (BO) 2
South Africa (ZA) 2
Serbia (RS) 1
New Zealand (NZ) 1
Singapore (SG) 1
Austria (AT) 1
Colombia (CO) 1
Germany (DE) 1
Switzerland (CH) 1
Bulgaria (BG) 1
Hong Kong (HK) 1
Vietnam (VN) 1
Nicaragua (NI) 1
Guatemala (GT) 1
Ethiopia (ET) 1
Nigeria (NG) 1
Holy See (Vatican City State) (VA) 1
Greece (GR) 1
Ghana (GH) 1
Malaysia (MY) 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina (BA) 1

My favorite posts to write this year were not much different from last year’s favorites.  I enjoy the Explorations in Stone-Campbell Bibliography and they generate a little spike in traffic when they appear.  I enjoy them but they require some thought and planning.  My Dorris research, Shepherd research and the reports of our jaunts here and there in search of history, genealogy, research and the like are all favorites, too.  A couple ’09 jaunts didn’t make it to the blog; maybe I will write them up yet.  I have a folder full of ideas for 2010, so, again, as the Lord wills, we will see what happens.

Again this year, I am surprised that so many people come searching for lectio divina quotes. A week hasn’t gone by yet that that lectio or lectio divina hasn’t generated a visit for me.   To that end I’m doing a bit more reading along these lines and have a few more quotes to share.  Not just for the blog though; I’m still engaging this in my teaching, as opportunities arise.  Still a work in progress; we’ll see what the new year holds.  But, as for lectio and the blog: look for several more quotes from Everett Ferguson’s anthology along these lines. 

Far and away the post with the most traffic is one I didn’t even write.  (Chris, what does that tell me about the ones I do write…?).  I’m surprised it hasn’t seen many comments considering it has nearly 400 views.  I suspect, Chris, you did so well that all agree it is a definitive post???

Big thank-you’s again to Chris and John Mark for linking here and thus referring a lot of folks my way. There have been days in 2009 when you could see tumbleweeds casting about but they are fewer than ’08 and even so still a handful of you checked in regularly. And then there were spikey days when over 50 folks would drop in for some reason or other…check that…the reason was that Chris was guest-writing.

Total hits for escriptorium stand at 11,000…which far, far exceeds anything I would have ever expected, especially since, again this year, I didn’t mention anything on the blog that would generate hits for reasons political, entertainment or otherwise scandalous.  Its mainly me rambling about Restoration movement books.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that…:)

But, the point is that I enjoy tinkering around with this little blog and it generates some good conversation once in a while.  Blogging isn’t life for me.  Life is life, and the blogging comes when it can.  I hope you enjoy learning about the material I post (I know I do!).  So, I will tomorrow ruminate on some prospects for 2010.

2 thoughts on “eScriptorium 2009 in review

  1. Mac,

    I always appreciate what you do on this blog. Your work in Stone-Campbell history, especially Nashville, is valuable and worthy of readership. Keep up the good work, my friend!

    John Mark

    • Thanks, John Mark. Anything good I have done I chalk up to God’s grace and good teachers…:)…mostly God’s grace…;)

      Happy New Year!


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